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Hedge funds extend sell-down in ags, amid China worries

Funds sell-off soybeans, a huge Chinese import. Still, they make an even bigger sale in coffee - in which they are at risk of being wrong-footed again

Coffee speculators get burned
Hedge funds bet on arabica just before prices slumped, data from the US commodities regulator shows
Chinese cotton forecast cut as farmers reduce planting
Chinese growers are favouring corn over cotton, but import quotas and thick domestic inventories will mute the effect on global markets
Cotton futures soar limit up, as US slashes harvest hopes
The US, downgrading yield expectations, makes a "sharp" cut to its forecast for domestic stocks, despite an idea that exports will hit a 15-year low
Western ag markets 'very volatile' as yuan devaluation assessed
China-traded ag futures end little changed, even amid the furore over the yuan move. But Western markets are swinging as investor thinking develops
Hedge funds caught out by grain price moves - again
Speculators, caught out in July by buying grains as prices tumbled, now look to have been too quick to sell. Still, they have made profits from softs
Bloodied hedge funds return to ag selling with a vengeance
Hedge funds, having "astonished" markets with ill-timed buying of grains, join in the selling, extending it to softs and livestock too
Goldman upgrades Deere, as ags preferred to other commodities
Are ags different from other commodities for investors? The idea has gained support from the likes of Barclays, Goldman and JP Morgan
Hedge fund losses in grains mount, as contrary bet flounders
Hedge funds lifted bullish positioning in corn and soy even amid a drop in prices - which have continued to fall. Bets on sugar, cattle fare better
Rabo lifts corn, soy price outlooks - reassures on coffee, wheat
The bank cautious over the threat to crop prices from a stronger dollar. But it is reasonably sanguine on prospects for many ags nonetheless
Hedge funds caught out by ag price retreat
Hedge funds extended bullish positioning on ags to a one-year high - only for prices to fall. And further price declines may be "warranted"
Drive to selldown huge China cotton stocks makes slow start
China, at an auction of cotton from its huge state stockpiles, sells the equivalent of 0.08% of the inventories
Crops - bar coffee - worst bet among commodities, says Goldman
Agricultural commodity prices are to fall notably over the next year, in contrast to energy, base metals, Goldman said
Did US export data warrant sharp fall in cotton futures?

Not all investors put a negative spin on a negative reading for US cotton export sales. Still, the figure is not the only factor in play...

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