Wheat & Coffee Fall as Dollar Strengthens

Wheat prices dropped to a lowest in three months on speculation that demand for grain from the U.S. will fall and global stockpiles will increase. Analysts say that global inventories will rise 19 percent in the year ending May 31st. Futures also fell as the strengthening dollar cut the attractiveness of U.S. exports. March delivery for wheat futures dropped $0.03 (0.6 percent) to $4.975 per bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Coffee futures tumbled to the two-week low as the dollar gained, curbing the demand for commodities as an alternative investment. Coffee has gained 21 percent in 2009 as the dollar slid and supplies of coffee beans from Brazil and Colombia declined. Analysts forecast that commodities may fall in the next few weeks as China is going to raise interest rates. March futures for Arabica-coffee delivery slid $0.017 (1.2 percent) to $1.392 per pound on ICE.

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