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Market Scope - Oranges — F.o.b.s as of Jan. 20
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND ARIZONA — Shipments moderate — Movement expected about the same. Trading fairly active at lower prices. Prices lower. 7/10-bushel cartons navel shippers first grade 48-56s $19.80-21.90, 72s $18.80-19.90, 88s mostly $12.80-13.90, 113s mostly $11.40-11.90, 138s $9.80-10.90; shippers choice 48-56s $14.80-15.90, 72s mostly $13.80-14.90, 88s mostly $11.80-12.90, 113s mostly $9.80-10.90, 138s $8.80-9.90.
FLORIDA — Shipments (116-96-86, includes export 2-4-3) — Prices not reported.
LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Shipments (49-89*-62) — Movement expected about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices generally unchanged. 7/10-bushel cartons early varieties (mostly marr) U.S. combination 48-64s $10.95-11.95, 72-138s mostly $11.95-12.95; Texas choice 56-64s $9.95-10.10, 72s mostly $10.10-10.95, 88s $10.95-12.10, 113s $11.95-12.25, 138s $11.95-12.10. *revised.
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