RECENT NEWS  Nov 3  Comment 
The feed ingredient, the prop of grain markets for the last two weeks, looks set for a lower finish. Corn drops too. But soft commodities are mixed  Oct 27  Comment 
Futures in the likes of coffee and sugar behave as expected, losing ground, on Brazil's election result. But soymeal jumps 7%, leading grains higher
SeekingAlpha  Oct 6  Comment 
By Andrew Hecht: The composite of five soft commodities - sugar, coffee, cocoa, cotton and frozen concentrated orange juice futures - fell by 3% during Q3. The sector is up 13.83% for the first nine months of 2014. While commodity prices in...  Sep 26  Comment 
Soybean futures hit their lowest since February 2010, after a report that China has suspended approval for a GM variety. But coffee and sugar gain
The Hindu Business Line  Sep 18  Comment 
Exchange to foray into soft commodities with soyabean oil in November  Sep 2  Comment 
Coffee and sugar manage headway on the first full trading day of the month. But corn is undermined by a lack of US frost threat. Soybeans fare better  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


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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