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Live cattle a buy, says SocGen, hiking price hopes

The bank lifts forecasts for futures in feeder and live cattle, citing the boost to beef demand from economic revival. Hogs are more fairly valued

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Cattle prices soar, but feedlot margins stay tight
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Exports to cut Canada's cattle herd to 22-year low
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Have hedge funds ended wave of selling in ags?
Hedge funds' net long position in ags stays stable for a fourth week, as selling in corn and soy is matched by less bearish takes on cotton and sugar
Import bans spur Russia meat groups to lift output
Russia's own output of beef and, especially, pork will rise as it tries to fill the void left by import curbs. But it will take a toll on herd numbers
EU chicken output to expand despite French woes
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Cattle futures - will they rise yet again in 2014?

Both feeder and live cattle futures have risen for five successive years. Will they make it six? Or will consumers reject elevated beef prices?

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