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Nutreco assures on profits despite contract losses

Shares in the feed and meat group extend a revival after it forecasts at least flat full year profits, despite setbacks in Norway and Spain

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
JBS returns to takeover trail with poultry deal
JBS, fresh from defeat in the \$8bn race for Hillshire Brands, takes a small step back on the takeover trail, buying Brazil's Céu Azul Alimentos
Soy, sugar drive hedge fund sell-off in ags
Hedge funds come close to their first net short in soybeans since 2011 as they extend turn bearish in bets on ag commodities. Corn data pose a riddle
Hedge fund liquidation in ags 'largely complete'
ANZ says the bearish turn in fund bets on ags "looks to have largely run its course" after data shows the most bearish positioning on soy since 2011
Hedge funds sweeter on ag prices, led by sugar
Hedge funds end a run of bearish positioning on ags, led by a record turn bullish on sugar. Downbeat positioning on corn extends to a seventh week
Nutreco shares revive after dip on auction failure
Nutreco shares recover after the group unveils a share buyback, the day after ditching the sales of its Spanish and Portuguese feed and meat assets commended at prestigious awards
Agrimoney is pipped to the title of best finance website by Forbes, but wins a commendation, putting it ahead of and the Wall Street Journal
Tyson lifts Hillshire bid, forcing Pilgrim's exit
Tyson Foods adds \$1.75bn to its offer for the rump of Sara Lee. Rival bidder Pilgrim's Pride withdraws. But Tyson, whose shares fall, has not won yet
Hedge funds extend bearish turn on ags. Soy leads
Hedge funds cut bullish positioning on ag commodities for a fifth week. Soybeans suffer particularly, as does wheat - ahead of a price rebound
KKR backs Cofco drive to ramp up China hog output
Cofco Meat gains investment from private equity firms including US-based KKR for a drive to tap into the industrialisation of Chinese pork production
SocGen upbeat on soybean, hog and sugar prices
The bank places a "buy" recommendation on new crop soybeans, and foresees a "rally in the works" for lean hogs - but is downbeat on wheat prices
Corn, sugar lead hedge fund selldown on ags
Hedge funds extend their shift bearish on investments in ag commodities, hiking short bets on corn derivatives. Cattle, cotton, sugar are targeted too
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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