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Hedge funds 'pantsed' in bearish shift on ag bets

Hedge funds cut bullish positioning on ags at the fastest pace since July - and may wish they had held firm on bets on the likes of corn and soybeans

Coffee prices to hit 3-year high - if buyers get more gusto
Price Futures says more enthusiasm is needed from roasters if coffee is to hit the heights suggested by Commerzbank, which is also upbeat on sugar
Oil rout prompts cuts to SocGen ag price forecasts
Societe Generale lowers its estimates for prices of the likes of corn, cotton and sugar - the second downgrade in 10 days for some crops
China cotton stocks to prove smaller than thought
China's cotton inventories will end 2014-15 smaller than had been expected, US officials say, citing a boost to demand stemming from subsidy reforms
Live cattle prices 'have best prospects among ags'
Rabobank says live cattle futures will set fresh record highs next year, and is upbeat about cotton and sugar prices too - but cooler on coffee
Cotton 'more vulnerable than corn' to oil price falls
For corn futures, the drop in oil prices has had both positive and negative implications - unlike cotton, SocGen says
Cotton 'best bet' among crops, and soybeans worst
Societe Generale cuts its forecast for cotton prices, but to levels above those investors are factoring in. The outlook for soybeans is not so rosy
Sugar a better bet than cotton, says ANZ
Sugar prices are "vulnerable to upside surprises", unlike cotton, for which values may drop further, the bank says, proving downbeat on grains too
ICAC sees above-average cotton prices in 2014-15
The intergovernmental group says it is, relatively, upbeat on cotton prices - hours before data show the lowest Chinese imports in nearly six years
Cotton futures revive, amid ideas of weak sowings
Cotton recovers from five-year lows, helped by ideas that low prices may lift use and deter plantings. But futures struggle to regain 60 cents a pound
Hedge fund short-closing wave spurs fears for corn
Hedge funds extend short covering in agricultural commodity positions - in grains, at least. But will this herald a reversal in corn prices?
India's cotton exports may fall less than thought
Weak domestic consumption, and demand from flood-hit Pakistan, support Indian export prospects in the face of falling Chinese interest
Extent of hedge fund short-closing in ags revealed
Hedge funds raise bullish positioning on ags by more than 50,000 contracts, led by short covering. Bullish positioning on coffee hits a six-year high
Cotton prices - will they defy doomsters again in 2014?

Cotton prices proved remarkably strong, compared with most ags, in 2013. But can they maintain their strength, against concerns over Chinese reforms?

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