SOFTS-Raw Sugar Gains As Dollar Weakens Coffee Also Up

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LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Sugar, coffee and New York cocoa futures on ICE rose on Thursday buoyed by the weakness of the dollar, while sterling-denominated London cocoa prices eased.

The dollar fell to its lowest in more than two years against major currencies on Thursday.

SUGAR

* March raw sugar was up 0.09 cents, or 0.6%, to 14.58 cents per lb at 1511 GMT, extending its rebound from a six-week low of 14.09 cents set earlier this week.

* Dealers said they expected Indian sugar exporters to try to quickly secure sales after the government approved a subsidy programme for du lịch thác bản giốc up to 6 million tonnes on Wednesday.

* They also noted any significant recovery in prices would depend on whether funds start to reinstate long positions which have been trimmed significantly during the last month.

* March white sugar rose $0.90, or 0.2%, to $399.70 a tonne.

COFFEE

* March arabica coffee rose 0.45 cents, or thác bản giốc 0.4%, to $1.2705 per lb, edging up towards a 3-month high of $1.2860 set on Wednesday.

* Dealers said a larger than expected decline in U.S.

green coffee stocks to the lowest level in 5 years earlier this week had also helped to give impetus to the recent rise in prices.

* March robusta coffee futures were up $7, or 0.5%, at $1,385 a tonne.

* Coffee trading was subdued in top robusta producer Vietnam though supply was steady as favourable weather supported cherry picking and drying, traders said on Thursday.

COCOA

* March New York cocoa was up $10, or kynghidongduong.vn 0.4%, at $2,527 a tonne.

* Dealers said the weak dollar helped the market find some support although the overall trend remained downward, with crop prospects improving in Ivory Coast and further weakness in demand expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

* March London cocoa fell 2 pounds, or 0.1%, to 1,686 pounds a tonne.

(Reporting by Nigel Hunt; Editing by Mark Potter and Elaine Hardcastle)