Agriculture: Highlights | February 2015

[EN] Agriculture prices declined by 2.2 % in January (according to the IMF Commodity price Index). In particular the price for pork declined by 11.4% – down more than 40% from highs in last summer. The decline is due to the fact that US producers still have to rebuild herds from losses to a previous porcine virus. Moreover wheat prices report a significant fall, because of high stocks and expectations to a record world wheat production. 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 cotton (ICE Futures US) has fallen by -19.0%, for rice (CBOT) by -18.7% and for cotton (A-Index) by -14.3%. The strongest price rises were noticed in the markets for cattle (feeder cattle (CME), cattle (U.S. c.i.f.) and live cattle (CME)) +39.1%/+36.7%/+26.8% and sugar (c.i.f. US) which has increased by +37.7% in one year.

During the last month, we have observed the highest price drops in the markets for pork (CME) -11.4% and wheat (CBOT, Euronext Paris) -10.1%/-7.9%. At the same time prices have risen most for coffee (LIFFE) +8.9% and sugar (US c.i.f., NYBOT) +8.1%/+8.0%. The highest price movements are still registered in the pork (CME) market with an annualized volatility of 28.9%.

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
February 2014 - January 2015January 2015
*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



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: 16 February 2015
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