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Patchy rains allow retreat in US soybean condition

Rains last some key US growing areas, including Indiana, prompting a disappointing crop rating. Cotton's rating eases too. But corn holds steady

SocGen warns against getting too bearish on cotton
The bank, following a crop tour, recommends investors being "reticent" to extend short positions in cotton, tying in with a less bearish market mood
Cotton, sugar lead hedge fund pessmism on ags
Hedge funds cut further bullish positioning on ags. They turn net short on cotton and sugar, more than offsetting less dismal positioning on grains
Rains on their way for sagging US corn crop
Thanks to dryness, the condition of US corn deteriorates to its lowest of the year, albeit still with a high rating. Cool weather hampers cotton crops
Weak premium over polyester ups cotton price hopes
The ICAC, citing stronger demand hopes, raises its forecast for cotton prices despite a poor month for values in July. Futures rebound
Hedge funds close to most bearish ever on wheat
Hedge funds lift bets on wheat price dips to the second highest ever, and are notably downbeat on cotton too - dynamics ironically seen helping prices
Rabobank ditches hope of corn futures regaining $4
The bank cuts expectations for corn, soy futures to levels below the futures curve. But it upgrades coffee, and foresees cotton, sugar price revivals
ANZ downbeat on cotton, sugar - but not on beef
The bank foresees "no reprieve" for cotton prices, and is cautious over dairy and sugar values too. But the outlook for beef prices is "very strong"
Livestock futures to underperform crops - Goldman
The bank lifts forecasts for cattle prices, but to levels below the futures curve. Indeed, livestock markets' outperformance of crops is to reverse
Hot spell, plus 4-inch hailstones, test US crops
US corn and soybean crop condition declines, as higher temperatures and hailstones "nearly the size of a softball" take a toll. But cotton improves
Hedge funds 'close to exhausted' in selling wheat
Hedge funds turn more bearish on agricultural commodities again. Is there appetite for more selling? Questions are raised over cotton, sugar, wheat...
Cool US summer helps corn, soy, but hampers cotton
The US cotton crop is deteriorating at a time of year when it usually improves, being held back by the temperate conditions helping corn and soybeans
Hedge fund ag selldown takes them net short on soy
Hedge funds are net short on soybeans for the first time since 2011, amid rising US crop hopes. Coffee and sugar suffer sell-offs too - but not cattle
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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