• QCS Market Report November 2019 2 December 2020

    Sugar

    • The prompt March21 raw sugar futures contract settled during the month at an average rate of 15 USc/lb.
    • A few tests of 15.50 USc/lb failed to kick on, as a 15 USc/lb floor looked stable.
    • On the fundamental side, India continued to hold most of the market’s attention. Subsidised or not, it is expected that India will export sugar to support tighter global trade flows through 1H 2021.

    Macro/currency commentary

    • A strong month for the AUD, with trading ranging from a USD 0.6991 low to a high of USD 0.7373 toward the end of the month.
    • The US Presidential election came and went — complete with the expected fireworks. While a clear win for Democratic candidate Joe Biden, it was not the landslide predicted by most polls.
    • Market attention moved back to COVID-19, as Moderna and Pfizer registered successful trials of vaccines and Oxford University announced a successful trial of a vaccine developed in conjunction with AstraZeneca.
    • The RBA cut interest rates to 0.1% as widely expected, with the commentary clearly underlining a lack of intent to move to negative interest rates unless widely adopted in other parts of the world.
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  • QCS Market Report January 2021 3 February 2021

    Sugar

    • Raw sugar futures chopped higher over the past month as the Mar–21 contract achieved life-of-contract highs at 16.75 USc/lb off the back of US dollar weakness.
    • Fundamental news remained quiet following India’s export subsidy announcement in December. At least two million tonnes has been contracted for Indonesia, while Indian millers will continue to seek out homes for the remainder of the proposed five million tonnes of exports.
    • Thailand’s crush is lagging behind the same period last year, as anticipated by the market.
    • From a fundamental perspective, all eyes will be on the Brazil crop in the coming months.

    Macro/currency commentary

    • The AUD has been well supported in the last month by a weakening USD, and has seen fresh 33-month highs at USD 0.7816.
    • Ever-increasing COVID-19 numbers and political unrest have weighed heavily on the US dollar and economy.
    • Investors have moved money from the typical safe havens of the USD and gold, towards ‘riskier’ assets such as the US equity market and AUD.
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  • QCS Market Report February 2021 8 March 2021

    Sugar

    • The volatility in sugar price action followed that of macro sentiment, commodities and equities.
    • With very little fundamental news to hand, specs continue to push the market around following the macro environment.
    • The recently expired March 21 contract settled at 17.53 USc/lb.
    • Green Pool Commodity Specialists’ latest trade flows predict a small move from surplus to deficit through until Q4 2021.

    Macro/currency commentary

    • The reflation story helped lift the AUD to 24-month highs above USD 0.80 over the past month, before being evaporated in all but two sessions.
    • Firming equities and commodity prices were the narratives driving USD weakness.
    • Bond yields followed the same path as equities and commodities, though have been less talked about.
    • A breakout of key new highs sent traders into a flurry and the AUD lower.
    • The AUD may move higher again, given the current outlook for the economic recovery and positive local news.
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  • QCS Market Report 17 July 2019 17 July 2019

    Sugar

    • There was a record July19 contract expiry delivery, as a remarkable 2.1 mmt of sugar was delivered to the tape.
    • Brazilian mills continue to minimise sugar output as demand for ethanol and firm US corn prices support ethanol prices.
    • The Indian Government is set to approve another tranche of 5mmt of exports, with weather being the key driver for the region.

    Macro/currency commentary

    • A weaker USD in the face of an impending historical US interest rate cut by the US Federal Reserve has seen the AUD bounce back above USD 0.70.
    • RBA July meeting minutes are due out this week with the market looking for hints around the timing of another interest rate cut at home.
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  • QCS Market Report 19 June 2019 19 June 2019

    Sugar

    • After spending much of Q2 below 12 USc/lb, prompt July futures have surged back towards 13 USc/lb.
    • Brazil continues to produce more ethanol over sugar, despite weaker WTI oil prices, with stronger demand for ethanol keeping ethanol prices buoyant.
    • The question remains if and how much sugar India will export this year. If the Indian government can solve the supply glut, then prices are expected to come under pressure again.

    Macro/currency commentary

    • A busy few weeks for the AUD as the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut interest rates at its latest meeting and indicated more cuts are on the way in 2019.
    • This week we saw the US Federal Reserve leave rates on hold at 2.5%.
    • The AUD continues to trade near USD 0.69. Topside resistance is expected if the market returns toward USD 0.695.
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  • QCS Market Report 15 May 2019 15 May 2019

    Sugar

    • It was a turbulent week for raw sugar futures ahead of the annual New York sugar week, with heavy fund selling leading the market into the abyss.
    • Following last week’s negative price action, the market appears to have stabilised at technical support levels near 11.70 USc/lb.
    • As a bounce back above 12 USc/lb looms, large Thai producer pricing likely sits above 12.50 USc/lb, capping too much optimism.

    Macro/currency commentary

    • The AUD capped off a big week below USD 0.70. The local unit remained under pressure, with strong US data and no policy change from the RBA.
    • Looking ahead, markets will remain cautious as the trade war continues to swing prices around, based on rhetoric.
    • Thursday sees the local employment report for April, which will be key for the RBA’s meeting next month.
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  • QCS Market Report 12 April 2019 12 April 2019

    Sugar

    • Despite the large producer selling hanging over the market, sugar prices have continued to attempt to press forward.
    • Fundamentally, both supply and demand variables will keep sugar in its current range.
    • Weather in Brazil and India remains a game changer, with a likely advance into the 12–13 USc/lb range.

    Macro/currency commentary

    • The AUD traded comfortably above USD 0.71 this week.
    • Supported by positive economic data, elevated natural gas, iron ore and coal prices, the AUD looks set to break out of its recent USD 0.70–0.72 range.
    • The economic data calendar will be important over the coming months, as the market looks for signs to signal a rate cut.
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  • QCS Market Report 29 March 2019 29 March 2019

    Sugar

    • Raw sugar futures have had a mixed week, with the prompt May19 contract hovering around 12.50 USc/lb heading into the last session of the week.
    • Price action was highlighted by a small technical bounce toward 12.75 USc/lb before overhanging producer pricing put the brakes on a further advance.
    • Thai estimates continue to come in around 14 mmt.

    Macro/currency commentary

    • A challenge of recent technical resistance levels for the AUD was exacerbated by commentary from a more dovish RBNZ on Wednesday morning.
    • The RBNZ joined the choir of central banks around the globe preaching an easing bias toward rates.
    • Despite some easing near USD 0.7150, the AUD was slapped back below USD 0.71.
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  • QCS Market Report 22 March 2019 22 March 2019

    Sugar

    • Last week’s Commitment of Traders (COT) report surprised somewhat, with non-index specs showing a net short 126,000 lots, slightly more than anticipated.
    • Despite the positive backdrop for prices, led by non-index specs, the rest of the week has seen the market erode much of those prior gains.
    • Softening physicals and white premiums have pushed more producer pricing into raws.

    Macro/currency commentary

    • Local unemployment data gave the AUD a leg up to fresh one-month highs at USD 0.7168, but gains were short lived as the USD clawed back losses on the back of some second-tier jobs data.
    • As the week draws to a close, the AUD looks set to close on a 71-cent handle.
    • The AUD continues to gravitate around USD 0.71, despite positive local employment numbers.
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  • QCS Market Report 6 March 2019 6 March 2019

    Sugar

    • Raw sugar futures continued to slump as the new prompt May19 contract finished the week down 5.1%.
    • The Indian Government raised the domestic price of sugar just over a week ago, as the mills’ cries for assistance seem to have been answered. Cane farmers arrears continued to grow, prompting further assistance from the government.
    • It is yet to be seen whether the subsidies will continue to encourage farmers to grow cane, despite the uncertainty of payments.

    Macro/currency commentary

    • The AUD struggled to slow USD momentum over the back of last week, closing the week below USD 0.71.
    • Newswires were highlighted by US President Trump extending the tariff deadline with China, whilst reports out of the UK suggested Prime Minister Theresa May was planning to delay Brexit to delay a no-deal scenario.
    • A quiet start to the current week as the AUD was back above USD 0.71. Comments from US President Trump, suggesting the USD is too high, helped the AUD start on a positive note.
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