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Agriculture & Softs Commodity News | Commodities News – Wheat, Corn, Coffee

ICE Futures Canada trades new Wheat contract

Winnipeg, 24 January 2012

ICE Futures Canada, Canada's leading agricultural exchange and a subsidiary of IntercontinentalExchange, announced the successful introduction of its new milling wheat futures contract, which began trading today.

 

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CME Group expands centrally cleared OTC agricultural offering

Chicago, 23 January 2012

CME Group today announced it has expanded its centrally cleared, over-the-counter (OTC) agricultural swap offering through the introduction of eight new grain and oilseed swaps. The new swaps will be available for clearing on February 13, pending regulatory review. Among the offering are five new bullet swaps and three additional calendar swaps, which are listed with, and subject to, the rules and regulations of CBOT.

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FAO Food Price Index ends year with sharp decline

Rome, 12 January 2012

Food prices fell in December 2011 with the FAO Food Price Index dropping 2.4 percent, or five points from November, FAO said today. At its new level of 211 points, the Index was 11.3 percent (27 points) below its peak in February 2011.  The decline was driven by sharp falls in international prices of cereals, sugar and oils due to bumper 2011 crops coupled with slowing demand and a stronger US dollar. Most commodities were affected. 

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