Reuters  Mar 27  Comment 
* Fallout from U.S. drought hits grains, oversupply hurts softs  Feb 27  Comment 
US wheat futures tumble, again, as disappointing US export news compounds chart concerns. Corn falls too. But coffee and sugar remain in demand  Feb 21  Comment 
Coffee and sugar make early headway, helped by Chinese import data and ideas of further Brazil dryness. But grains and soybeans struggle as data loom  Feb 12  Comment 
Soybeans end lower after China ditches orders of US supplies. Warmer US temperatures hit grains. But cocoa, coffee and sugar make good headway
Reuters  Feb 12  Comment 
The softs complex dominated gains in commodities markets on Wednesday as cocoa hit 2-1/2-year highs while raw sugar and arabica coffee rallied on factors ranging from bullish crop weather to an India government subsidy and investor speculation....  Dec 10  Comment 
Grains and oilseeds find gains hard, as they trip over some of the slew of data thrown at them, from Brazil to Malaysia. Coffee and sugar fare better  Dec 9  Comment 
Commerzbank forecasts most grain and oilseed contracts - except corn - losing ground next year. But the likes of cocoa and arabica coffee will gain
Reuters  Nov 15  Comment 
Coffee had its biggest gain in more than two years in London, reflecting bad harvesting weather for Vietnam's robusta crop, while cocoa rallied in New York as the "softs" markets dominated Friday's action in commodities. Oil , copper and gold...
Financial Times  Nov 11  Comment 
Deal catapults family-owned Swiss trader into top league for cocoa and coffee trading and comes amid difficult trading environment in soft commodities  Oct 31  Comment 
Strong US export data cannot spare grains, cotton and soy from multi-month lows. Among soft commodities, arabica coffee slumps closer to $1 a pound


Soft Commodities (or "Softs") refers to a specific, non-metal, non-energy set of commodities. Different financial services define soft commodities differently, though nearly all agree that the category includes cocoa, coffee, cotton, sugar, and orange juice. Often, the category is defined as tropical agricultural commodities, though the common classification of lumber as a soft commodity runs antithetical to this definition.

In this sense, it is perhaps more useful to think of the category in terms of what it contains and what it is NOT (metal commodities, energy commodities) rather than a single underlying definition.

On Wikinvest, Cocoa, Coffee, Cotton, Sugar, Orange Juice, and Lumber are all classified as "softs".

Soft Commodities On Wikinvest

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