RECENT NEWS  Oct 17  Comment 
The short grains, long softs betting which hedge funds have favoured of late goes into reverse. And wheat may see more short covering, investors say  Oct 3  Comment 
Cotton and arabica futures rally as the stock market steadies, while spring wheat leads the grain complex higher  Aug 15  Comment 
Managed money is holding the biggest net long in New York traded softs on record  Aug 1  Comment 
A cocoa sell-off drags the hedge fund net long in softs lower, for once. Still, grains suffer the brunt of selling. Cotton farmers "have horns"
Benzinga  Jul 18  Comment 
September Coffee is trading at 146.00, down 1.55 cents/lb. December Coffee is trading at 149.00, down 1.50 cents/lb. Coffee futures are trading choppy. Market chatter about coffee demand and production in Brazil has kept both buyers and...  Jul 4  Comment 
Hedge funds lift bullish bets on sugar, coffee ahead of further prices rises - and turn more bearish on wheat as values head for a multi-year low  Jun 28  Comment 
Hedge funds cut their net long in grain derivatives, even before the volatility after the UK's Brexit vote. But they are increasingly exposed in 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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