RECENT NEWS  Nov 20  Comment 
Sugar soars on a downbeat Indian forecast, questioning ideas of strong exports. Fears of strong Argentine soy exports remain. But are they priced in?  Oct 23  Comment 
With the dollar rising again, headway is tricky for commodities. And sugar and coffee show weakness. But grains, especially corn, fare better  Oct 12  Comment 
Regulatory data show speculators turning more positive on corn, wheat futures - ahead of price falls. But in coffee, sugar upbeat bets pay off  Oct 12  Comment 
CFTC data shows some mistimed short covering in grains, but softs traders called last week's bull run in coffee and sugar  Oct 6  Comment 
Commodities broadly enjoy a strong session, helped by a weak dollar, with wheat getting extra vim from weather concerns. But softs miss out  Oct 2  Comment 
Corn and soybean markets absorb a couple of large crop estimates, while sugar reaches a 4-1/2 month high  Sep 24  Comment 
Export demand lifts soybeans, and sugar and coffee rally as the Brazilian central bank head steps in to support the real
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.


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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