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LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Raw sugar prices on ICE touched an 8-1/2-month high on Tuesday, buoyed by signs the market is growing tighter and moving towards a wide deficit this season, while cocoa and coffee also rose.
* March raw sugar firmed by 0.1 cents, or 0.7%, to 15.58 cents per lb by 1411 GMT after peaking at 15.66 cents, its highest since mid-February.
* The International Sugar Organization is forecasting a global sugar deficit of 3.5 million tonnes in the 2020/21 season with the production outlook downgraded. It previously forecast a deficit of only 724,000 tonnes.
* Dealers said they now expect supply tightness at least until the Brazilian harvest next year, regardless of what the Indian government decides to do about supporting sugar exports this season.
* India has yet to announce its export policy and there are fears financial support might be limited.
* ICE sugar speculators cut their net long position by 954 contracts to 190,429 in the week ended Nov. 10, data showed.
* March white sugar was up $1.90, or 0.5%, at $422.80 a tonne, having also hit an 8-1/2 month peak.
* March arabica coffee rose 0.3 cents, or 0.2%, to $1.19 per lb after touching its highest since mid-September.
* Dealers said prices were being boosted by hurricane Iota, which is devastating central America, a major coffee-growing region.
* ICE coffee speculators switched to a net short position of 304 contracts in the week ended Nov. 10, cutting 2,906 contracts, data showed.
* U.S. green coffee stocks fell by 264,937 bags to 6.1 million 60kg bags by the end of October.
* January robusta coffee fell $14, or 1%, to $1,426 a tonne, having hit its highest since early September.
* March New York cocoa rose $76, or 3.1%, to $2,511 a tonne, underpinned by tightness in ICE warehouse stocks CC-TOTAL-TOT, improved demand prospects and unrest in top producer Ivory Coast.
* New York cocoa speculators trimmed their net short position by 503 contracts to 6,275 in the week ended Nov. 10.
* March London cocoa was up 47 pounds, or 2.8%, at 1,703 pounds a tonne.
Editing by David Goodman
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