Wall Street Journal  Aug 6  Comment 
Investors in soft commodities are used to being slaves to the weather’s twists and turns. With prices now in a depression and the El Niño weather pattern looming, the forecast looks more unsettled than normal.  Jul 29  Comment 
Grains bounced after yesterday's sharp falls, but coffee and sugar struggled as the Brazilian currency found new 12-year lows  Jul 28  Comment 
Grains bounced after yesterday's sharp falls, but coffee and sugar struggled as the Brazilian currency found new 12-year lows
Benzinga  Jul 28  Comment 
N.Y. Soft commodities traded mostly rangebound on Tuesday. Cocoa Futures settled little higher after a choppy trading session. September Cocoa settled at 3204, up 11. Coffee futures traded rangebound and ended the session with little...
Benzinga  Jul 8  Comment 
N.Y. Soft Commodities traded mildly choppy and range-bound on Wednesday. September Cocoa settled at 3247, down 3. October Sugar settled at 12.31, down 0.02. September Coffee futures settled at 124.95, up 0.25. September Orange Juice was...  Jun 11  Comment 
Softs have tumbled off a falling real, while row crops are weighed down by Brazilian data
Benzinga  Jun 9  Comment 
Sugar futures are trading a little lower. July Sugar is trading at 12.10, down 0.06 and October Sugar is trading at 12.49, down 0.06. Coffee Futures are trading a little higher. July Coffee is trading at 137.15, up 0.55 and September Coffee is...  Jun 5  Comment 
A rising dollar puts pressure on ag markets overall, but wheat gets extra weight from less poor weather ideas too. Softs also drop  Jun 1  Comment 
New months have a reputation for bringing new money into US ag markets. Still, softs fare better than grains. Kuala Lumpur palm oil makes headway too


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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