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Cotton Caps Biggest Weekly Drop in 15 Months; Orange Juice Falls

Aug. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Cotton fell, capping the biggest weekly drop in 15 months, on concern that bigger supplies in Asia will cut demand for fiber from the U.S., the world’s top exporter. Orange juice slid. Sugar and cocoa rose. Coffee was steady.

Cotlook Ltd. yesterday boosted its estimate for world output by 0.6 percent from a month earlier because of improving crop prospects in India, the second-largest grower and shipper. The Indian currency touched an unprecedented 65.56 per dollar in Mumbai yesterday, according to prices from local banks compiled by Bloomberg.

“We have some real concerns that there’s going to be more cotton in India,” Louis W. Rose, an industry consultant in Memphis, Tennessee, said in a telephone interview. “The weak rupee is going to make their exports more attractive.”

Cotton for December delivery fell 0.1 percent to settle at 84.08 cents a pound at 2:30 p.m. on ICE Futures U.S. in New York. This week, the commodity plunged 9.9 percent, the most since May 2012.

In the season started this month, U.S. shipments were already projected to drop 19 percent from a year earlier as production declines, the Department of Agriculture said. Imports from Pakistan, the world’s fourth-biggest grower, may tumble this year as a jump in stockpiles help counter a potential fall in output, Khalid Abdullah, the nation’s cotton commissioner, said in an interview. China is the biggest producer and importer.

Orange-juice futures for November delivery slid 2.1 percent to $1.356 a pound, the biggest drop since Aug. 12.

Raw-sugar futures for October delivery rose 1.2 percent to 16.47 cents a pound on ICE, the first gain since Aug. 13.

Cocoa futures for December delivery added 0.4 percent to $2,465 a metric ton. This week the price declined 1.2 percent. Arabica-coffee futures for December delivery closed unchanged at $1.1705 a pound.

To contact the reporter on this story: Marvin G. Perez in New York at mperez71@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steve Stroth at sstroth@bloomberg.net

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