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Brazil sugar's 'sudden death' arrives - too late to lift prices

Brazilian Centre South sugar output slumps, as the impact of persistent drought takes hold. But futures show little reaction

Cotton, soy lead hedge fund return to bearish positioning on ags
Hedge funds cut their net long in ag derivatives for the first time since September, despite a short-covering spree in wheat. Is cocoa now a buy?
US ditches forecast for rising world sugar stocks
US farm officials, cutting hopes for Brazilian sugar output to a six-year low, forecast the first drop in world inventories in five years
Sugar a better bet than cotton, says ANZ
Sugar prices are "vulnerable to upside surprises", unlike cotton, for which values may drop further, the bank says, proving downbeat on grains too
ISO cautious on sugar prices despite deficit ahead
The ISO downgrades its estimate of the sugar production surplus this season, and foresees the start of a "new deficit phase in the world sugar cycle"
Sao Martinho 'hedging as much sugar as it can'
The Brazilian cane processor says current sugar prices for 2015-16 look "very interesting", and forecasts crop prospects for next year
Sugar prices soar as more Brazil mills close early
Sugar futures jump 3%, helped by technical factors, and data showing a slide in production in Brazil's key Centre South region
Rousseff's moves crucial to future of sugar prices
ED&F Man, cutting its forecast for a world sugar production surplus in 2014-15, says Brazil's new president "now needs to deliver" on promises
EU sugar sector faces 'painful restructuring', ABF
The grain-to-clothing conglomerate, unveiling a halving in sugar profits, says EU prices of the sweetener will continue falling next year
Sugar a better bet than coffee or cocoa, says ABN
The bank recommends buying sugar on weakness, foreseeing higher values. But fears over cocoa and coffee supplies have already been well priced in
Hedge fund short-closing wave spurs fears for corn
Hedge funds extend short covering in agricultural commodity positions - in grains, at least. But will this herald a reversal in corn prices?
Fitch warns of 'raised risk' in Brazil cane sector
The ratings agency, noting financial troubles at two Brazilian sugar groups, puts credit ratings on four operators on "negative watch"
Dry weather revives Brazil's sugar output
Unica stands by expectations of a sharp drop in sugar production from Brazil's Centre South, despite a sharp pick-up in output this month
Agriculture emerges as key Brazil election battleground

Dilma Rousseff's government gives a sweetener to Brazil sugar mills, as presidential rival Marina Silva counters her reputation as an enemy of farmers

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