RECENT NEWS  May 22  Comment 
Grain prices retreat after forecasters remove rain from the US weather map and put some into the Russian outlook, where it is needed. Softs soften too
Benzinga  May 22  Comment 
Coffee futures are trading steady Friday morning after Thursday's sharp decline. July Coffee is trading at 129.45, up 1.00. September Coffee is trading at 132.25, up 1.00. N.Y. Soft Commodities are closed on Monday in observance of the Memorial...
Benzinga  May 6  Comment 
July coffee opened steady and traded weak as the day wore on. July coffee settled at 129.95, down 3.70. July Cocoa futures traded range-bound and settled at 2919, down 24. July sugar settled a little higher at 12.87, up 0.12. Cotton futures...
Benzinga  May 4  Comment 
N.Y. Soft Commodities settled mostly lower Monday. July coffee settled at 132.90, down 1.30. Cotton futures traded little higher on Monday. July cotton settled the trading session at 66.67, up 0.06. July sugar settled at 12.51, down...  May 4  Comment 
Hedge funds cut their net short position in ags. But the overall figure disguises a turn net long in shorts, and a further record net short in grains  May 1  Comment 
... although it is softs, such as coffee and sugar, which take the biggest whack. Corn and soybeans show lower losses, and some wheat futures rise
Benzinga  May 1  Comment 
N.Y. Soft Commodities settled mostly lower Friday on the first trading day of the month. July coffee settled at 134.20, down 3.25. Cotton futures traded mostly lower on Friday. July cotton was trading at 66.40, down 1.48. July sugar settled...  Apr 24  Comment 
Corn and wheat prices drop, as the US weather outlook turns even more benign. Softs do better at exploiting the tailwind of a weaker dollar  Apr 16  Comment 
Softs have drawn strength from a sharp fall in dollar value, lifting the CRB commodity index by 1%


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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