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Cal-Maine axes dividend, as egg market slump hits hard

Falling egg prices push Cal-Maine even further into the red than expected, sending shares tumbling

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Hedge funds prefer hard wheat to soft, coffee to cocoa, cattle to hogs...
Hedge funds, having spent months betting on gains in soft commodity prices and losses in grains, focus on spreads within ag sectors
Russia to remain 'sleeping giant' of global beef trade for some time
Squeezed budgets are driving Russians to substitute beef with pork on a massive scale
Rabobank still bullish on US beef prices
Rabobank trims its forecast for beef prices, but remains bullish, while ranchers got another piece of good news as China relaxes import rules
Reopening of China, US markets to lift Brazil beef exports to 10-year top
... but elevated cattle prices will limit the boost to profits at Brazil's meat packing giants, US officials say in first forecasts for 2017
Tighter purse strings push EU poultry output to record levels
EU broiler production will rise next year, as budget-conscious buying drives record demand
Hedge funds' short-covering spree in corn 'may have further to go'
Hedge funds may face pressure to take some, unprofitable, bets in corn. In softs, some funds throw lose their nerve on cocoa, sugar too early
EU pork production to stay at record levels
Rising pork prices, and lower feed costs, are encouraging European farmers to increase slaughter rates
Australian cattle slaughter to fall to 30-year low
The turnaround in Australian pasture quality is encouraging cattle farmers to rebuild their herds, pushing slaughter rates and beef exports down
Hedge funds hike bets on ideas of coffee, hard wheat supply squeezes
Hedge funds cut bullish ag bets to a four-month low. But that disguises positioning for US cotton damage, and tightness in hard wheat supplies
High chicken death rates dog Saudi poultry industry
With mortality rates in small chicken facilities running at 50%, Saudi plans to boost poultry production are flagging
Hedge funds flee tumbling cattle market - but not fast enough
Hedge funds return to cutting bullish ag bets, led by soy, wheat and livestock. But many retained long bets cattle as prices headed for a 5-year low
African agriculture stocks a better buy in London than Lusaka
London, rather than local exchanges, offers better value for African ag shares, says VSA Capital, sounding a bullish note on Zambeef
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UK famers to lose out from Brexit - so stockmarket says

Shares in UK agriculture groups have underperformed notably since the UK voted to leave the EU. Does this reflect subsidy fears?

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