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Cattle prices soar, but feedlot margins stay tight

Futures in live cattle return close to record highs. But the benefit to feedlots is curtailed by a rise in prices of feeder cattle too

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Extent of hedge fund short-closing in ags revealed
Hedge funds raise bullish positioning on ags by more than 50,000 contracts, led by short covering. Bullish positioning on coffee hits a six-year high
Exports to cut Canada's cattle herd to 22-year low
Canada's cattle herd will fall more than had been expected as producers take the "opportunity of their lifetime" to cash in on record prices
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
EU chicken output will rise this year, and next, despite troubles in the French industry, where a second large producer has filed for bankruptcy
Hedge funds 'caught out' by crop price reversals
Hedge funds late to join the spree of negative bets on agricultural commodity prices may find themselves sitting on losses, thanks to price rebounds
Thriving Cal-Maine cautions of looming headwinds
The world's biggest egg producer unveils a tripling in profits, helped by lower feed costs. But egg prices may come under pressure too
Hedge funds lift bearish wheat bets to record high
Hedge funds' net short position in Chicago wheat hits the highest on records starting in 2006. They - perhaps unwisely - sell sugar notably too
Hedge funds' ag selling stalls - except in wheat
Hedge funds nudge higher their exposure to rising ag commodities, against the recent trends. But this may be down to profit-taking on short bets
Russian import curbs hurt EU pork exporters
Russian curbs on Western ag exports hold little threat for the European Union beef industry. But that is not the case for the pork sector...
Russia demand spurs Brazil beef, pork export hopes
Russia's quest for fresh meat supplies, after bans on EU and US exports, comes at an opportune time for Brazil's industry, facing a soft home market
Corn appeal ends hedge fund's bearish spree on ags
Hedge funds turn more positive on ag prices for the first time since June - notably on corn, despite big harvest hopes. Are spreads with soy in play?
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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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