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USDA cautions over cattle price gloom - amid talk of fund selldown

US officials see cause for support for cattle prices, even amid a retreat in futures blamed on demand fears and "fund liquidation"

JBS delays US flotation, as cloud grows over Brazil's food industry
... but the world's top meatpacker does not rule an IPO of the division later this year, despite investigations into the sector and itself
Corn, sugar miss out on hedge fund short-closing. Are price rises ahead?
Hedge funds cut further their bearish betting on ag commodity prices, partricularly in soyoil and wheat. Corn and sugar miss out - this time
Marfrig follows Wilmar in unveiling plans for divisional IPO
Marfrig Global Foods unveils plans to list its Keystone Foods operations - fulfilling market expectations which have sent its shares soaring
US regains access for beef exports to huge Chinese market
... although the use by the US industry of growth hormones may still represent an obstacle. In return, the US is to take Chinese cooked poultry
Tyson Foods shares fall, after plant fires send profits lower
the US's top meat processing group also unveils a request for information by Florida's attorney general relating to Georgia Dock pricing
Hedge funds 'may turn sellers' in wheat. But will sugar get back in favour?
Hedge funds cut short bets in hard wheat at a record pace. But has that only created scope for fresh sales? In softs, selling reaches its longest ever
Explosive buying sees live cattle prices limit-up for third day
Front-month live cattle prices are pressing on daily trading limits, as blizzard-death fears spur a tight market higher
SocGen sees cattle rally cooling, as feedlot margins improve
With futures up some 10% in a week, the bank says that demand for beef will drive increased cattle placement, stabilising prices
Funds lift bearish ag bets near to record - spurring weather rally talk
In grains, the net short does hit a high - even as weather hurts US crops. One pundit says the wheat market is "smoking in the gunpowder room"
Cattle futures drop after record buy-ins by feedlots
...but the premium of near-dated cattle futures soars, on ideas it will take time for feedlots' buying wave to result in raised beef supplies
Hedge funds extend ag selling spree to second-longest on record
... raising some ideas that grain prices are vulnerable to a rebound. One commentator likens the wheat market to a geyser poised to blow
'Burst of activity' in English land market misses livestock farms
Values of arable land have extended a recovery, amid a "flurry" of deals, Strutt & Parker says. But there is a stock of unsold livestock farms
Rare fund anomaly makes feeder cattle futures a 'potential buy'

... at least according to Societe Generale, which unveils a fresh way of analysing fund position data, introducing the "mismatch"

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