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Australian cotton, wool prices to rise, says NAB

The bank issues upbeat price forecasts for cotton and wool, saying Australia production of both will lag government estimates

Australian output drop to give fresh lift to wool price rally
Australian wool production is on track to fall to its lowest in 90 years, at a time when Chinese have been in restocking mode, ANZ says
Hedge funds return to extending bearish ag bets
Corn, sugar and livestock are targeted as speculators raise their net short in US agricultural commodities. But soybeans prove more in favour
Pacific rains allay El Nino fears - for now
A strong start to the Indian monsoon, and much-needed rains in Vietnam and Australia, are easing El Nino fears. But will it last?
Abares lower floor on estimate for China cotton area
The bureau, foreseeing a sharp drop in Chinese output, lifts its estimate for cotton prices - despite a widened premium over rival polyester
Hedge funds slash bearish ag bets at quickest rate in 15 months
Hedge funds cut their net short position in the top US-traded ags to the lowest in three months. But has this opened to door to fresh grain selling?
China sales notice weakens resolve in cotton futures
Cotton futures, which withstood "less than supportive" data in the last session, soften on news that China is to restart sales from state reserves
Fears over lost sowings spread from corn to soybeans
Soy plantings in some US states, notably Kansas and Missouri, are well behind with the end of the sowings window near. Cotton sowings remain slow too
Hedge funds cut bearish ag bets at fastest pace in 3 months
Still, the shift is largely down to one commodity, soyoil, with short-covering more modest in other ags. Wheat positioning is left delicately poised
SocGen upbeat on ag futures - despite cutting price forecasts
The bank cuts price forecasts for ags such as coffee, corn and sugar - but to levels above the futures curve, and issues a soy trading tip
India cuts monsoon hopes, stirring crop concerns
Officials forecast that monsoon rains will fall further short of average levels than previously thought, particularly in cane and cotton country
ICAC hikes cotton price forecast, as demand hopes rise
The intergovernmental group ditches ideas of a fall in cotton prices to a nine-year low next season - instead seeing a small increase in values
Hedge funds' bearish bets on ags hit record high
Hedge funds lift their net short in soybeans to a record high. Still, it is soft commodities, such as coffee and sugar, which suffer most selling
US cotton sowings to prove amongst lowest on record

Informa sees US cotton sowings falling even further than official forecasts show. But does that mean harvest prospects are poor too?

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