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Can JBS afford its latest shopping spree?

Investors are taking a relaxed view of the Brazilian meat giant's latest round of acquisitions - so far

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Hedge funds wrong-footed by wheat price surge
Hedge funds cut their net short in many grains - but not wheat - ahead of the price jumps late last week. In softs, livestock they turned more bearish
Marfrig shares soar on 'hefty' price gained for Moy Park
Brokers term as a good price the \$1.5bn Marfrig gained for selling its UK-based poultry arm. Shares in JBS, the buyer, are less buoyant
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
JBS unveils $1.5bn purchase of Moy Park from rival Marfrig
Brail-based JBS enters European meat production in earnest with the purchase of one of the bloc's top poultry groups
Storms offer 'support' to feeder cattle prices, says USDA
Feedlots are "sandwiched" between rising feeder cattle prices, and less buoyant values of fattened animals - which may be reflected in data on Friday
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?
Cattle futures tumble amid 'void' of packer interest
Live cattle futures drop limit down in Chicago, undermined by unexpected weakness in US cash markets. But will the price downturn last?
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
Rocketing Australian cattle prices to rise further
NAB sees cattle prices, close a to record, rising further as producers rebuild herds. This despite El Nino and grain price gains
Feeder cattle futures overpriced, says SocGen
Societe Generale raises its forecast for feeder cattle futures, but to levels below the futures curve, seeing improved supplies ahead
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
Sanderson flags timely US chicken demand upswing
The poultry giant says that, after seven years, demand from caterers and restaurants is improving - just as bird flu is undermining US exports
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Can cattle help beleaguered wheat bulls?

Low grain prices appear to be persuading an unusually large number of southern US farmers to ditch hopes of ever harvesting their winter wheat

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