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Weather hopes send grain prices tumbling. Softs fare better

Corn and wheat prices drop, as the US weather outlook turns even more benign. Softs do better at exploiting the tailwind of a weaker dollar

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AM markets: improved spring sowings outlook weighs on grains    24 Apr 2015
Oats, viewed as a leading price indicator, fares particularly badly, on ideas of a Canadian sowing surge. Worries over shorts limit losses elsewhere
Cotton, sugar prices soar, as weak dollar sparks ag rally    23 Apr 2015
A dollar drop spurs a round of short-covering in ags, sending sugar prices soaring. Cotton gets help from US export data, and wheat from frost fears
Wheat vs corn battle returns to script as weather improves    23 Apr 2015
Wheat futures outperform those in corn, as usual at this time of year, as Corn Belt sowings weather improves. But what will data later hold?
PM markets: sowings fears support corn against bird flu talk    22 Apr 2015
Ideas of the US bird flu outbreak affecting feed demand remain alive, but countered in corn by sowings worries. A strong real lifts coffee and sugar
AM markets: bird flu fears see soft start for grain futures    22 Apr 2015
Concerns over the findings of virulent bird flu in the US poultry industry keep a cloud over corn and soybean markets. Wheat falls too. But not sugar
Evening markets: bird flu fears infect corn, soybean markets    21 Apr 2015
Concerns over the spread of H5N2 in the US pass a tipping point, provoking feed demand worries. But wheat, not a big poultry feed in the US, gains
AM markets: corn, wheat futures ease despite helpful US data    21 Apr 2015
Data overnight show US wheat crop condition failing to improve, despite rains, and slower-than-usual corn sowings. Still, sellers are not deterred
Soy, wheat futures rise as hedge funds trim huge net short    20 Apr 2015
Data showing speculators have record net short positions in soybeans and wheat prompt short-covering. But there is no such luck for corn and sugar
Ags rise as China, weather boost appetite for short-covering    20 Apr 2015
Grains gain, helped by ideas for rains to slow Argentina's harvest, and caution over the extent of short positions already in place. Cotton is up too
PM markets: cold, wet threats to US sowings lift corn prices    17 Apr 2015
Corn prices gain, helped by some concerns over damp and cold US weather. But wheat proves mixed again. Among softs, cocoa cools on processing data
Hard wheat futures revive, a little, amid market doldrums    17 Apr 2015
Chicago soft wheat underperforms this time, as hard wheat futures rise a touch from 5-year lows. Still, ags don't show huge conviction, yet
Hard wheat futures hit 5-year low as US rains, exports fall    16 Apr 2015
Hard red winter wheat futures close at their lowest since 2010. Still, not all wheat is out of favour. And many other ags exploit a dollar fall too
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