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Deutsche upbeat on grains - but not on livestock

Deutsche Bank terms grains one of the best bets in commodities. But it offers little solace to investors hurt by tumbling livestock futures

Soy prices ease after US crush misses record high
Soybean futures underperform grain contracts, after industry data show the US crush rising last month, but not as far as investors had expected
Hedge funds hike bullish bets on ags - even as oil retreats
Hedge funds turn net long in Chicago wheat for the first time since June, and hike positive corn and soy bets. But livestock markets see a sell-down
Farmers pan pesticide ban - but foresee big crops
Copa-Cogeca warns that the EU ban on neonicotinoid insecticides threatens jobs and oilseed plant closures - even as it forecasts decent 2015 harvests
Brazil makes surprise upgrade to soy harvest hopes
The world's second biggest soybean producing country hikes its estimate for the next harvest by 5.3m tonnes, citing rains in southern areas
Malaysia output dip sends palm oil futures higher
Malaysia's palm oil production falls by more than investors had expected, while early data for December show a small rise in exports
Abares cuts hopes for soy prices, wheat exports
US soybean prices may be in for a retreat, the Australian crop bureau says, as it lowers its forecast for domestic wheat exports to a five-year low
EU rapeseed output to tumble by 10% next year
The top grower of the oilseed will see production retreat by 2.5m tonnes, Strategie Grains says. Even so, this may be the second biggest harvest ever
Hedge funds 'pantsed' in bearish shift on ag bets
Hedge funds cut bullish positioning on ags at the fastest pace since July - and may wish they had held firm on bets on the likes of corn and soybeans
Brazil's northern frontier to see soy output boom
Archer Daniels Midland is to boost investment in northern Brazil, to tap into soybean production growth expected at 19% a year
Canadian canola crop 1m tonnes bigger than thought
Canada upgrades its canola harvest estimate by far more than investors had expected, beating forecasts on wheat too. Soy futures bolster canola prices
Commerz upbeat on grains for 2015 but warns on soy
The bank lifts its forecasts for wheat futures in 2015, and sees gains in corn prices too. But large output will weigh on soybean values
Zambeef in talks to sell soy crushing division
The chicken-to-dairy group reveals "preliminary discussions" over the sale of its Zamanita business, a week after preparing investors for disposals
South America's growth in soybeans has 'transformed' pricing

The discount of distant soybean futures to nearby contracts is more than a one-off anomaly, research by USDA chief economist Joseph Glauber suggest

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