Agriculture: Highlights | January 2015

[EN] Agriculture prices declined by 1.0 percent in December (according to the IMF Commodity price Index). In line with this, Robusta coffee prices have fallen by 6.4 percent in December, because wet weather in Brazil has improved production prospects. Also sugar prices have decreased by 4 percent due to an ample supply among major producers and expectations that falling crude oil prices will reduce sugar demand for ethanol in Brazil. Moreover prices for pork have dropped by 7.9 percent, since US producers continue to rebuild (after losses from a previous porcine virus). 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 -21.9%, for rice (CBOT) by -15.9% and for cotton (A-Index) by -14.2%. The strongest price rises were noticed for cattle (feeder cattle (CME), cattle (U.S. c.i.f.) and live cattle (CME)) +40.2%/+37.3%/+33.6% and sugar (c.i.f. US) which has increased by +32.9% in one year.

During the last month, we have observed the highest price drops in the markets for pork (CME) -7.9%, for coffee (LIFFE) -6.4% and for cattle (U.S. c.i.f.) -5.9%. At the same time prices have risen most for wheat (soft red winter US f.o.b.) +11.5%, corn (CBOT) +10.4% and wheat (Euronext Paris) + 8.7%. The highest price movements are still registered in the pork (CME) market with a remarkable annualized volatility of 68.5%.

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
January 2014 - December 2014December 2014
*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: 12 January 2015
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