Softs Report 07/17/19

COTTON
General Comments Cotton was lower on improved crop conditions as reported by USDA on Monday afternoon and on ideas of weaker demand. Trends remain down on the daily and weekly charts. President Trump tweeted that the negotiations with China were not going well and that China had to buy US agricultural goods to avoid another tariff hike. His words contradicted others in the administration who had stated that deals were progressing and began o match a harder line taken by China in the negotiations. The topical system now moving through the Delta could bring some very damaging precipitation. Cotton is already experiencing lost business potential with China and Turkey and could get hurt if Vietnam is targeted for tariffs later on. Also pressuring the market are forecasts for big production around the world. USDA sees no shortage of Cotton anywhere in the coming year. However, the Indian monsoon is off to a slow start and production potential could be hurt there and in Pakistan. Monsoon rains have started to move into central and northern parts of the country but these rains are arriving a couple of weeks late. It is reported to be too hot and dry in many growing areas in the Gujarat and also into Pakistan and other parts of India.
Overnight News: The Delta and Southeast could see some showers today, then mostly dry conditions. Temperatures should be mostly near to above normal. Texas will have mostly dry weather, but a few showers are possible on Monday. Temperatures will be above normal. The USDA average price is now 56.62 ct/lb. ICE said that certified stocks are now 57,016 bales, from 60,410 bales yesterday. ICE said that 0 notices were posted for delivery against July contracts and that total deliveries are now 246 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in Cotton are mixed to down with objectives of 6170 and 5780 December. Support is at 6260, 6200, and 6140 December, with resistance of 6410, 6470, and 6530 December.

FCOJ
General Comments: FCOJ was higher despite good weather and strong production potential in Florida. There are no tropical systems likely to hit the state in the next week. Futures appear poised to move back to or below 90.00 seen earlier in the year. Speculators have been buying in anticipation of the hurricane season, but there are no storms on the horizon this early in the season. They are selling some of these positions now and producers have also been looking to sell as the orange crop in Florida looks to be big at well over 70 million boxes. The hurricane season started on June 1, but so far the state has seen only an increase in showers and storms that have been beneficial for crops. Trends are sideways to down on the daily charts and weekly charts as the market looks at a big orange crop and weak demand for FCOJ. Fruit for the next crop is developing and are as big as tennis balls. Crop conditions are called good.
Overnight News: Florida should get scattered and light showers through the weekend. Temperatures will average near to above normal. Brazil should get scattered showers today, then drier weather and near normal temperatures. ICE said that 0 notices were posted for delivery against July contracts and that total deliveries for the month are 0 contracts
Chart Trends: Trends in FCOJ are mixed. Support is at 99.00, 95.00, and 92.00 September, with resistance at 104.00, 106.00, and 107.00 September.

COFFEE
General Comments: Futures closed sharply lower in New York and lower in London after Guaxupe said that the harvest from its producers is well past the halfway mark at about 66% complete and that production has not suffered from the recent frost. It estimates its production this year at a little under 8.0 million bags. The production estimates seemed to surprise the market and futures gave back the rally from Monday. Many farmers in Central America are having trouble getting financing for crops due to low prices and production ideas are dropping for the current and next crops. Brazil continues to keep a strong export pace and shipped about 2.8 million bags in June. Vietnam is also reporting lower yields for the current crop as the weather was not good for flowering earlier in the year. There have been some hot and dry spells that have hurt yield and quality for these crops as well, but showers are reported in the Central Highlands now and ideas are that conditions and production potential have improved.
Overnight News: ICE certified stocks are lower today at 2.364 million bags. The ICO daily average price is now 102.66 ct/lb. Brazil will get mostly dry conditions with near to above temperatures. Vietnam will see scattered showers and storms. ICE New York said that 0 notices were posted against July contracts and that total deliveries for the month are 610 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed. Support is at 105.00, 102.00, and 101.00 September, and resistance is at 110.00, 115.00 and 118.00 September. Trends in London are mixed. Support is at 1400, 1380, and 1360 September, and resistance is at 1440, 1460, and 1480 September.

SUGAR
General Comments: Futures closed a lower on follow through selling. London is still the leader on the way down on ideas of better growing conditions in India and reports of good crop potential in Europe. Trends in both markets turned down on the daily charts with the price action on Monday. Reports from India indicate that the country still has a large surplus of White Sugar that probably must be exported. It is expecting lower production this year, but the Sugar in storage from past years will still mean that the country has more than it can consume. There are concerns that the Indian monsoon will not be strong this year and that Sugarcane production could be hurt. The monsoon has started to develop as rains have now been at or above normal for a couple of weeks in Sugar areas. Processing of Sugarcane in Brazil is faster now after a very slow start as the is now harvest in full swing. Mills are refining mostly for ethanol right now. The fundamentals still suggest big supplies, and the weather in Brazil and India has improved to support some of the big production ideas. Demand seems to be average and routine. Very good conditions are reported in Thailand.
Overnight News: Brazil will get mostly dry weather or light showers. Temperatures should be below normal today and near to above normal starting tomorrow.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are down with objectives of 1190 and 1150 October. Support is at 1180, 1150, and 1120 October, and resistance is at 1230, 1240, and 1260 October. Trends in London are down with objectives of 315.00 October. Support is at 311.00, 308.00, and 305.00 October, and resistance is at 323.00, 325.00, and 328.00 October.

COCOA
General Comments: Futures closed a little higher in consolidation trading. The trends turned down on the daily charts on Monday. The selling came in part on ideas of less demand from grinders, and the European grind data for the second quarter showed that this has happened at least in that part of the world. The North American data should be released on Thursday. The uneven weather in West Africa is still a feature. The weather in Ivory Coast and the other countries in West Africa has been dryer than normal for the last couple of weeks and there is some talk that production of the next main crop could be hurt. Some showers are returning to West Africa now to help relieve stress on trees.
Overnight News: Scattered showers and storms are expected in West Africa. Temperatures will average near normal. Malaysia and Indonesia should see showers. Temperatures should average above normal. Brazil will get mostly dry conditions and near to above normal temperatures. ICE certified stocks are lower today at 4.347 million bags. ICE said that 0 contracts were delivered against July futures today and that total deliveries for the month are 755 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are down with objectives of 2370 September. Support is at 2380, 2350, and 2320 September, with resistance at 2450, 2480, and 2520 September. Trends in London are mixed to down with objectives of 1790 September. Support is at 1810, 1790, and 1760 September, with resistance at 1850, 1890, and 1900 September.

DJ European Cocoa Grindings Fell to Two-Year Low in Second Quarter
By Joe Wallace
European processing volumes of raw cocoa beans fell to a two-year low in the second quarter, according to data released Tuesday by the European Cocoa Association, in a sign of weakening demand.
Cocoa grinding–the amount of raw cocoa processed into butter and powder for making confectionery and chocolate–fell 3.2% compared with the second quarter of 2018, their first annual decline since late 2016.
European cocoa bean usage fell to 344,890 tons, a two-year low. That’s down from 370,359 tons–an eight-year high–in the first quarter of 2019 and from 356,109 tons in the second quarter of 2018.
Grindings are seen by market participants as a proxy for demand. The ECA bases its estimates on data from 23 companies, including Barry Callebaut AG, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate Inc., Ferrero SpA, Nestle SA and Mondelez International Inc.
Cocoa demand appears to be simmering down after growing at its fastest pace since the 2010-11 season last year, and carrying that speed into the first quarter of 2019.
Weather conditions in western Africa have been broadly conducive to crop growth, though there have been some concerns about a lack of rainfall in the Ivory Coast and the swollen-shoot virus in Ghana.
Grinding numbers for North America are expected to be released by the National Confectioners Association on Thursday.