Firmer Undertone in Colored Beans

PANAMA - Feb 5/16 - SNS -- Dry edible bean markets started to show a firmer undertone during the past week, helped by improving demand for colored beans from Mexico and Brazil.

Even so, the index for U.S. beans posted another modest decline, slipping 0.6 points to finished the week at 137.6. Gains in pinto beans were offset by losses in white beans.

Interestingly, the world export pulse index lost 2.1 points to finish at 219.1 on the week; while the Canadian index gained 0.7 points to close at 219.2.