Brazil Crop Concerns Send Coffee Futures Soaring

The drought in South America that previously sent coffee futures soaring nearly 90% this year is coming back for an encore. Arabica-coffee futures have blasted-off to the upside all this week and today the technical trend has reversed to the upside.

A crop-forecaster in Brazil states the coffee crop is entering the main flowering stage that will be ready for harvesting in May, however, coffee-farmers are expecting a two-week dry-spell this month that will most likely hurt crop. What this means is that a persistent lack of moisture presents irreversible damage to the coffee trees – which is exactly what coffee futures are responding to.

The technical trend for coffee futures is now “up” as of today (as previously mentioned). Now I will need for coffee futures to pullback, or consolidate, before initiating any position. Coffee futures has been a good market for me this year, but the initial margin requirement is so high it requires me to be cautious with the trades.

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