Coffee: Global Rates up to February 2018

After a slight increase in the first month of 2018, in February international prices fell by 1%, due to the negative behavior of three groups of the Arabica variety.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

From the monthly report by the International Coffee Organization:

After a slight rise in January following a three-month decline, the monthly average of the ICO composite indicator fell by 1.2% in February 2018 to 114.19 US cents/lb. The daily composite indicator was generally higher in the first half of the month, peaking at 116.07 US cents/lb on 14 February. The composite indicator reached a low of 112.16 US cents/lb on 21 February, but remained above 113 cents/lb after this date.

The decline in the monthly composite indicator was driven by the negative performance of the  three Arabica groups, all of which lost value compared to their January levels. More specifically, Colombian Milds fell by 1.6%, Other Milds by 1.8%, and Brazilian Naturals by 2.3%. Robustas, on the other hand, recorded moderate growth of 0.7% compared to January.

The differential between Colombia Milds and Other Milds increased from an average of 4.96 US cents/lb in January 2018 to an average of 5.22 US cents/lb in February. The average arbitrage in February, as measured on the New York and London futures markets, fell by 10.9% to 43.44 US cents/lb. Additionally, intra-day volatility of the ICO composite indicator price decreased by 0.5 percentage points to 5.2%.

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