SOFTS-Cocoa, coffee dip on firm dollar, tight supply buoys sugar
* Spot raw sugar spread trades at premium
* Cocoa trade focused on next week's grind data
By David Brough
LONDON, April 9 (Reuters) - Cocoa and coffee futures dipped under pressure from a stronger dollar on Thursday, while sugar eased slightly underpinned by talk of tight nearby supplies and firm ethanol demand in Brazil.
New York cocoa edged lower, weighed by the dollar and talk that Ghana may have re-entered the market to forward sell.
"Most of the weakness in cocoa is dollar-driven," a senior cocoa trade source said.
The source added that the cocoa market was also focused on expectations for weak European and North American grind data, a measure of demand, due next week.
New York May cocoa traded down $20, or 0.7 percent, at $2,787 a tonne at 1140 GMT, while London May cocoa was down 2 pounds, or 0.1 percent, at 1,942 pounds a tonne.
Raw sugar futures eased on technically driven selling, drifting further from Wednesday's three-week high, underpinned by tight nearby sugar supplies before the new cane harvest in Brazil, and firm demand for ethanol in Brazil. Continuación...