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USDA clashes with investors over cattle price prospects

US officials see values dipping for the rest of 2018, maybe to a 7-year low for fed cattle. But are they overlooking an upbeat beef signal?

Argentina poised to re-enter league of top beef exporters
Argentina, which was a century ago enjoying a beef-fuelled rise to world prominence, is to return to being among the top 10 exporters
Hedge funds end ag selling spree - despite US corn, soy, cotton upgrades
Hedge funds cut short bets on ags, despite increased hopes for US corn, cotton and soybean supplies. Have ag prices passed their nadir?
Buy live cattle, sell feeders, says SocGen
"Underperformance" in live cattle futures, compared with feeder cattle values, will reverse, the bank says. For hog bulls, China is a worry
Germany 'next target' as Ukraine poultry industry expands in EU
Led by MHP, Ukraine's poultry sector is opening processing plants in the EU, in part to exploit trade terms. Is Germany next on the list?
Meat giant JBS sells Moy Park for $1.3bn - but keeps it in the family
JBS, raising cash to help pay a large fine, sells the European poultry giant to Pilgrim's Pride - a part of the JBS empire
Hedge funds turn more bearish on grains than on soft commodities
Speculators raise bullish bets on hurricane-beset US cotton, while lifting short positions on corn. Are they overconfident on grain yields?
Zambeef shares tumble, as weak crop prices, wheat disease hit profits
A caution by the group that it might return to the red, thanks to cropping setbacks, overshadows the well-received sale of a palm oil asset
Hedge funds extend sell down ags again, led by stampede from hogs
In hogs, speculators turn negative on price prospects at the fastest in 4 years. But have they overcooked shorts on cocoa, coffee, wheat?
Sugar futures tumble, despite jitters over hedge funds' record bearish bet
Sugar futures fall, defying worries over hefty sales already made by hedge funds - which ramped up shorts in grains, livestock too
Cotton nudges higher, as investors await estimates of Harvey damage
Some observers downplay ag damage from the storm in the top cotton, beef state. But more rain is on its way. Do 10% price gains lie ahead?
Hedge funds pile up bearish bets on ags, as supply hopes revive
Hedge funds add short bets in ags at the fastest pace since 2015, with bearish positioning on sugar hitting a record. Coffee, hogs escape
Brazil's chicken exports set for 5% rise in 2018
Brazil's chicken production and exports are set to increase, with rising demand, lower feed costs and this years corruption scandal now behind it
Wheat quirk questions case for getting bearish on feeder cattle

Feeder cattle supplies may not be as strong as they appear from bumper feedlot placements - which reflect a knock-on effect of low wheat prices

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