Morning Futures Roundup
Too Much Sugar!
Sugar prices appear headed toward their 2011 lows, as a potential for record production this season is keeping the bears in charge. Prices may have remained elevated throughout most of this year as traders focused on disappointing production totals out of Brazil, which is the world's leading Sugar producer.
However, huge production out of India, Thailand, and Europe is more than expected to make up for Brazil's output. Analysts are now increasing their estimates for a global Sugar surplus, with some forecasters calling for a 6 million ton plus surplus in the 2011/12 season.
Should prices continue to head lower, we may start to see some Brazilian cane move towards Ethanol production, instead of for food usage. This may bring some support to the Sugar market, but it may take a move below 20 cents per pound before any major shift takes place.
Many traders will continue to watch the events unfold out of Europe, as EU leaders try to stem the economic malaise caused by the sovereign debt crisis. Any signs of further economic deterioration could spell further weakness in commodity prices in general, with Sugar being especially hard hit given its current bearish fundamentals.
Looking at the daily chart for March Sugar, we notice Tuesday's rally, which was triggered by a return to "risk" assets by traders following a successful Spanish T-bill auction and improved German business sentiment, sent prices above the 20-day moving average. The 14-day RSI has moved from an oversold reading to a more neutral stance, with a current reading of 48.30.
Though the short-term outlook has improved, Sugar bulls have a rough road to higher prices, especially with strong resistance found at the 200-day moving average, as well as at the down-trend line drawn from the August 24th highs which lie above the 25.00 level. Near-term resistance is found at the December 7th high of 24.25, with support found at the December 15th low of 22.62.
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