02.02.2024 – The bull run in cocoa is slowly becoming scary: the chart looks like a launch pad. There is already talk of a “parabolic rally” – which means that the upward trend could become even steeper. The current fuel for the price rocket is rising from the Sahara.
Cocoa is unstoppable. We hope you entered on the long side weeks ago after our intensive reporting. Here is the daily chart. Of course, nothing lasts forever. But the latest news should also please the bulls.
The news site “Barchart.com” has just reported a 46-year high for the nearby futures contracts in New York – and even an all-time high in London. It was also the site that spoke of a “parabolic rally”.
Hot trade winds
The current reason for the buying panic is therefore the “Harmattan”. Here is the background from spektrum.de: “Harmattan, dry, hot wind blowing predominantly from the north-east in the Sahara and the southern peripheral areas. This wind, often laden with red sand from the desert, blows from the northern horse latitudes towards the equator and thus represents part of the trade wind.”
For cocoa, this means that the harvest could be in danger. Barchart.com stated that the hot wind is currently more extreme than average, drying out the plantations and reducing the mid-crop in April. This is further reducing global supply.
At the beginning of the week, Côte d’Ivoire also reported the delivery of around 1.0 million tonnes of cocoa from farmers to the ports for the period from 1 October to 28 January – a drop of 36 per cent compared to the previous year in this period. In the previous week, the Ivorian regulatory authority Le Conseil Cafe-Cacao had also stopped forward sales for the 2024/25 season. The authority first wanted to gain a precise overview of the supply situation in the world’s largest cocoa producer.
The conclusion from all of this is that it is possible that Ivorian smallholders are increasingly smuggling goods across the border because they can achieve higher prices there – and thus distort the figures from Côte d’Ivoire. However, it would take a few supply surprises to break the current trend. This is because the hot Sahara wind is an additional factor in the supply shortage, alongside the viral disease CSSD (Swollen Shoot Disease) and the fungal disease Black Pod Disease. As the global population continues to grow unchecked, demand is also increasing. We will continue to keep an eye on the market situation for you and wish you successful trades and investments!
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