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US beef packers in clover until 2020, says Tyson Foods

The top US meatpacker is upbeat over prospects in beef, with cattle supplies seen continuing to grow, while exports are buoying demand

Tyson Foods shares jump, as beef, pork boost profit hopes
The US meat giant unveils a lower-than-expected drop in quarterly profits, and sees a "record" year ahead, helped by elevated beef, pork margins
Hedge funds return to selling ags - although cocoa gets buying spree
Hedge fund selling in grains and livestock more than offsets a continued short-covering wave in softs - in cocoa and sugar particularly
Chinese feed groups expand into pork output, despite waning margins
Investment by ag groups in livestock farming soars 10-fold, driven by feed groups pushing into pork output - as hog rearers enter processing
Hedge funds swing back to buying softs, rather than grains
... lifting bullish bets on all of coffee, cocoa, cotton, sugar for the first time in a year. In grains, wheat falls out of favour. Cattle suffer too
JBS wins breathing space over $6.5bn debts, sending shares soaring
... with the meat giant, facing a record fine, also said to be potentially in line for a bid for its Pilgrim's Pride unit from Cargill
Cal-Maine Foods warns of egg 'oversupply' as it tumbles into the red
Shares in the world's biggest egg group hit a three-year low after it unveils its biggest loss in at least 25 years
Hedge funds' preference for grains over softs 'has gone far enough'
Speculators' may, in building bullish bets on grains, have left the complex open for selling. But in softs, buyers may hold an opportunity
Carr's notes recovery in both its US and UK farm markets
Carr's Group, the animal feed producer with operations in the US and UK, says both farm markets are recovering, with rising milk prices helping
African ag group born from oil prospector takes comfort in $7bn gas project
Agriterra, formerly oil group White Nile, terms "particularly encouraging" the boost from gas to Mozambique, after a "very difficult period"
Hedge funds buy grains at record pace, as weather woes threaten crops
... but the extent of the buying is so big it spurs ideas that funds may now turn to selling instead. In softs, speculators are record bearish
Meat operations power Cargill in return to quarterly profit
... and help the ag giant report its best year since 2008. Global livestock growth even helps the origination unit overcome low price volatility
Hedge funds 'aggressive' buyers in grains - and 'more to come'
... in corn and soy, some say, in which funds remain net short as US weather fears are growing. Funds are now more short in softs than grains
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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