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Soy, sugar, wheat hit as hedge funds return to selling ags

Hedge funds take their positioning on agricultural commodities to the most bearish since January, amid increased confidence in supplies

Hefty US yield upgrades send grain prices plunging
Corn, soybean and wheat futures hit four-year lows after a key report raises hopes for US crops more than investors had expected
Grain investors could be in for Wasde surprise
September versions of the flagship reports have a weaker record of upgrading US crops than investors are counting on. Could prices be in for a bounce?
UN upgrades grain stocks hopes to 15-year high
The UN FAO lifts forecasts for wheat and coarse grain inventories, and flags their impact - with tumbling dairy values - in slashing food prices
Less than half French wheat meets key quality spec
The proportion of French wheat meeting a key specification of some major importers has tumbled to 46%, from 99% last year
French wheat exports outside EU to hit 7-year low
An apparently strong start to 2014-15 for French wheat exports will give way to a weak finish - leaving the highest stocks in at least nine years
Algeria faces record wheat imports. But where from?
Algeria will cement its place as the second ranked wheat importer. But France's poor crop questions where it will buy from
Growers speed spring wheat harvest as quality dips
Drier weather speeds US spring wheat harvesting but fails to stem a drop in condition. Still, moisture bodes well for winter crop sowings
Aussie wheat crop shrinks, but AWB warns on price
Cargill's AWB grain trading arm warns of "downside risk" to Australian wheat prices, even as Abares trims its estimate for this year's harvest
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?
Alarm bells ring over US spring wheat quality too
US Wheat Associates warns of talk of a drop in US spring wheat quality, amid a rain-beset harvest. There are some concerns in Canada too
Yield rises, quality dips as UK wheat harvest ends
This year's UK wheat crop looks ever more likely to set a yield record. But quality is declining in the closing stages
Egypt's Gasc buys first French wheat since January
The world's top wheat importing country turns to France, where export prices are declining, in contrast to those in Russia
Corn, soy prices near the bottom. Cotton, sugar to revive

Rabobank forecasts minimal further downside for corn and soybean futures, and believes investors are too gloomy on cotton and sugar

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