RECENT NEWS  Aug 20  Comment 
Cotton futures, helped by a dry Texas weather outlook, lead a rally among softs. Even sugar gains. But grains struggle. Poor ethanol data hardly help  Aug 19  Comment 
A downbeat day for ags is marked by notable losses in coffee, dented by a surprise Brazil estimate, and sugar. Soy drops too, dented by China fears  Aug 14  Comment 
Grain and soybean futures see decent gains, boosted by ideas of lower prices spurring demand. Among softs, cocoa hits a 3-year top but others struggle  Aug 5  Comment 
Wheat futures record their highest close in nearly a month as Ukraine crisis and EU crop quality fears mount. But corn, soy dip, and coffee, sugar too  Jul 16  Comment 
The investor certainty that grain futures are headed lower turned into more of a debate, easing price pressure. Hershey leaves a sour taste in cocoa  Jul 8  Comment 
Prices of the likes of coffee, sugar and canola show gains, helped by production concerns. But grain and soybean prices hit multi-month lows, again
Mondo Visione  Jun 12  Comment 
Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX) has appointed Sanjeev Vohra as the Head of Soft Commodities. Vohra, who has over nine years of experience in product and business development in the Exchange industry, will be responsible for developing...  May 29  Comment 
Coffee futures rebound, helped by some evidence that Brazil's crop is proving as bad as doomsayers believe. Cotton, sugar revive too. But not wheat...  May 23  Comment 
Cotton-to-hogs group Ecom gains EU approval to purchase ailing Armajaro Trading, to create "one of the largest cocoa bean traders worldwide"
Reuters  Mar 27  Comment 
* Fallout from U.S. drought hits grains, oversupply hurts softs


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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