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Agriculture: Highlights | April 2015

[EN] Agriculture prices went down in 10 of the last 11 months. Also in March prices for agricultural commodities declined by 2.4% (according to the IMF Commodity price Index), due to ample supplies and positive production outlooks for most commodities.
In March, sugar prices fell the most – down 10.2% to the lowest level in more than six years because of better crop prospects especially in Brazil. Moreover coffee prices decreased, mainly due to higher exports from Brazil. Besides Russia’s food import ban still has noticeable effects on commodities like salmon, which decreased by 8% last month.
However there are also commodities that report price rises, like bananas and tea because of reduced yields and dry wheather. This article shows you the latest price developments and relevant key figures for agricultural commodities.

With a view to the past 12 months, we have observed strong price decreases as well as increases for agricultural raw materials. Considering the largest declines, the price for pork (CME) has fallen by -45.4%, for soybeans (CBOT) by -14.8% and for sugar (NYBOT) by -14.7%. The strongest price rises were noticed in the markets for cattle (feeder cattle (CME), live cattle (CME)) +45.7%/+34.9% and sugar (c.i.f. US) which has increased by +33.2% in one year.

During the last month, we have observed the highest price drops in the markets for sugar (NYBOT) -10.2% and cocoa (ICE Futures London) -6.8%. At the same time prices have risen most for feeder cattle (CME) +12.1%, whole milk powder (f.o.b. Europe) +11.5%  and corn (Euronext Paris) +9.3%. The highest price movements are still registered in the market for pork (CME) with an annualized volatility of 34.0%.

In order to provide market visibility for European companies affected by raw material costs, the following analysis takes into consideration the price evolution in EUR unless specified. Please click on the raw materials below to receive more detailed information.

Agriculture prices returns | 1 YEAR | daily price dataAgriculture prices returns | 1 MONTH | daily price data
April 2014 - March 2015March 2015
15-04 Agro Returns 12m15-04 Agro Returns 1m
*Returns based on monthly data over the last 12 months
*²Returns based on weekly data over the last 52 weeks
*Returns based on monthly data over the last month
*²Returns based on weekly date over the last 4 weeks

1. WHEAT (EURONEXT PARIS)  Read more

2. CORN (EURONEXT PARIS) Read more

3. COTTON  Read more

4. SOYBEANS (CBOT) Read more

5. COCOA (ICE FUTURES) Read more

6. SUGAR (LIFFE) Read more

7. Pork (CME lean hogs futures) Read more

Date of publication: 11 April 2015
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