• Weekly Market Report 30 August 2017 30 August 2017


    • Raw sugar futures were moderately higher over the last week.
    • Forecasts for better rain in India have come to fruition as concerns over the Indian crop are likely put to bed.
    • In Brazil, the weather appears favourable to cane, with more wet weather on the way.

    Currency/macro comments

    • A generally quieter week for the AUD, eventually closing at USD 0.7935.
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  • Weekly Market Report 22 August 2017 22 August 2017


    • Under the pump for a large part of the week, sugar prices staged a modest recovery on Friday to end the week 20 pts higher at 13.41 USc/lb.
    • Price action suggests sugar is ‘too cheap’ below 13 USc/lb.
    • Producers remain heavily underpriced and specs are very short.

    Currency/macro comments

    • Unsustained USD pressure saw the AUD finish up the week above USD 0.79, despite spending some time near USD 0.78
    • Stronger-than-anticipated retail sales and manufacturing data helped the USD firm early in the week, but all gains were retraced by the end of the week after a dovish tone from FOMC meeting minutes.
    • A quiet week on the economic data calendar locally and overseas.
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  • Monthly Market Report 14 August 2017 14 August 2017


    • Raw sugar futures have seesawed over the past month.
    • A return to surplus appears imminent coming into the second half of the year.
    • Looking ahead, an influx of sugar will weigh down trade flows with any rally in the near term difficult to sustain.

    Currency/macro comments

    • Despite three weeks of losses, the AUD continues to grasp at USD 0.79.
    • Topside momentum has slowed for the AUD as it continues to chop lower.
    • Further RBA speakers this week, paired with economic data, should see the AUD hold a USD 0.78500.7950 range.
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  • Weekly Market Report 8 August 2017 8 August 2017


    • A run at 15 USc/lb was rejected this week as the market fell on lighter volume.
    • Ethanol parity rose slightly over the week, whilst dryness and uneven rainfall in India caused some concern.
    • The Indian government is considering another change to its import tariff, which may allow 300–500kt to be imported at 25 per cent of the duty.


    • USD bounced back following a decent US payroll print on Friday night.
    • Gradually weaker on the week, the AUD maintained a USD 0.7900 handle, despite a dip below 0.7900 following US payrolls.
    • The RBA left rates on hold as expected, though explaining that a higher currency would see a slower pick up in economic activity and inflation going forward.
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  • Weekly Market Report 2 August 2017 2 August 2017


    • A quiet week for raw sugar futures, trading over a 90-point range to finish largely unchanged.
    • Weather remains dry in Brazil with some rain forecast later this week. The monsoon in India continues.


    • The USD remains on the back foot, following political uncertainty and mixed economic data last week.
    • The AUD took its opportunity above 80 cents tracking to an USD 0.8066 high before closing the week near USD 0.7985.
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