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Walt Breitinger: Sugar prices jump; beans, Australian dollar decline

6:59 PM, Aug. 2, 2013
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Sugar prices jumped to a one-month high this week on fears that the Brazilian sugarcane crop could be damaged by frost. Estimates that as much as one-fifth of the crop in affected areas in Southern Brazil could be lost caused global prices to rally by as much as 0.61 cents per pound (+3.7 percent). Although sugar is produced worldwide, either by cool-weather sugar beets or tropical sugarcane, Brazil is the world's predominant exporter, accounting for nearly half of all sugar exports.

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