Where to trade sugar futures

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laurenpar
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Where to trade sugar futures

Post by laurenpar » Sun Jan 06, 2008 1:44 am

I want to choose where to trade sugar futures based on liquidity (although fundamentals could also be a consideration). There seem to be three possibilities:

1. raw sugar no. 11 on the NYBOT/NYMEX
2. raw sugar no. 14 on the NYBOT/NYMEX
3. white (refined) sugar on LIFFE.

According to Ronald Spurga's "Commodity Funadamentals" book (2006) "The most actively traded sugar contract is NYBOT's no. 11."

However, according to Bloomberg, the total open interest of the no. 11 (for all maturities) is just 370 contracts, as compared to 83,000 for LIFFE's refined sugar contract.

Does anyone have an idea why no. 11 appears to be so illiquid, or any other thoughts about how to choose the between these three sugar trading vehicles?

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Post by Turtle40 » Sun Jan 06, 2008 2:35 am

I would check your figures. The March sugar contract from MF Global indicates a much higher OI than you suggested:
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Post by laurenpar » Sun Jan 06, 2008 3:04 am

Yes thanks, it looks like I have a cash settled contract on NYMEX whereas I should have had a physical settled contract on NYBOT. Thanks for that.

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Post by zacharyoxman » Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:13 am

You've also got ICE to trade Sugar on (fungible with NYBOT)

And they've recently added stop limits to the accepted order type (along with many other ICE markets), which was a handy and needed addition.

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Post by sluggo » Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:44 am

I position-trade Sugar #11 on NYBOT and also White Sugar #5 on LIFFE without liquidity troubles. Run some backtests with #5 in your portfolio, you may be pleasantly surprised.

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Post by sluggo » Thu Jan 17, 2008 6:52 pm

Sugar #11 made a good-sized move on Thursday
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