Sugar pressured by large Brazil supplies

Futures closed lower in light volume trading. Traders are still talking about big production in Brazil and around the world. Traders remain bearish on supplies, especially from Brazil, and this has hurt New York prices. However, the market seems unable to sustain the down trend and might have factored in all the bearish news for now.

Traders are keeping an eye on developments in Brazil and expect big production as the harvest moves forward. Brazil mills could concentrate on Ethanol production first and Sugar production second, and that could create some short term shortages for the market.

Sugar producers in Russia said that the planting pace has turned slow there as producers wrestle with high costs of production against falling domestic and world prices. Demand is said to be strong from North Africa and the Middle East as buyers get stocks in hand for Ramadan in July. Chart patterns are mixed for the short term.

Overnight News: Mostly dry conditions are expected in Brazil. Temperatures should average near to above normal.

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