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UPDATE 2-SOFTS-Cocoa prices rise as Barry Callebaut gives upbeat outlook

(Updates with settlement prices)

NEW YORK/LONDON, Nov 11 (Reuters) - ICE cocoa prices rose on Wednesday as Barry Callebaut, the world’s largest chocolate maker, gave an upbeat outlook in its full-year earnings report.

Raw sugar fell and coffee prices rose.

COCOA

* March New York cocoa settled up $17, or 0.7%, at $2,374 a tonne.

* Barry Callebaut said sales volumes recovered in the final quarter of its fiscal year to August, after slumping because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It added solid financials supported its confidence in its mid-term guidance.

* “The Barry Callebaut results went along the lines of recent results from Hershey and Mondelez. They were slightly better than expected in terms of consumption, despite COVID,” said a dealer.

* Barricades erected by opponents of Ivory Coast’s president in protest at last month’s disputed election have forced cocoa middlemen in western regions to reduce their purchases of beans, buyers said.

* March London cocoa settled down 1 pound, or 0.1%, at 1,611 pounds per tonne.

SUGAR

* March raw sugar fell 0.19 cents, or 1.3%, to settle at 14.49 cents per lb, having hit an eight-month high of 15.23 cents last week.

* Dealers said sugar’s downside should be limited as funds are unlikely to liquidate a large percentage of their long positions, though last week’s high is also out of reach for now.

* The sugar market awaits official Indian government comment on its sugar export policy, including the subsidy amount, which will determine how much the country is likely to export.

* December white sugar, which expires on Friday, fell $1.30, or 0.5%, to $397.40.

* A Syrian state agency has issued an international tender to purchase and import 85,000 tonnes of refined white sugar, European traders said.

COFFEE

* December arabica coffee settled up 1.8 cents, or 1.7%, at $1.091 per lb.

* January robusta coffee settled up $27, or 2.0%, at $1,393 a tonne. (Reporting by Maytaal Angel, Editing by Barbara Lewis, Mark Potter and Tom Brown)

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