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Sugar futures drop, after dryness gives twin boost to Brazil output

Dryness allows Brazilian Centre South mills to accelerate the cane harvest, and swells sugar levels in crop too. Futures dip below 14 cents

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Hedge funds' preference for grains over softs 'has gone far enough'
Speculators' may, in building bullish bets on grains, have left the complex open for selling. But in softs, buyers may hold an opportunity
Banks' commmodities retreat creates scope for smaller rivals - Marex
The commodities broker launches a specialist products division, aimed at filling a gap left by the big banks in their scaledowns in the sector
Hedge funds buy grains at record pace, as weather woes threaten crops
... but the extent of the buying is so big it spurs ideas that funds may now turn to selling instead. In softs, speculators are record bearish
Analysts wrong-footed by corn price dip - but not by falls in soy, wheat
Brokers had banked on retreats in soy and wheat prices, but not in corn, FocusEconomics data show. In softs, analysts are upbeat on prices
Hedge fund shorts leave softs 'collectively vulnerable' to a rally
... says Judith Ganes-Chase, while noting that large stocks in importing nations curb prospects for a coffee rally. Cotton is her top pick
Hedge funds 'aggressive' buyers in grains - and 'more to come'
... in corn and soy, some say, in which funds remain net short as US weather fears are growing. Funds are now more short in softs than grains
UK sugar beet sowings soar - as double shake-up looms
Associated British Foods reveals a one-third surge in beet area contracted in the UK - where Brexit as well as EU-wide quota removal are in play
Grain prices rise at quickest in 3 years - despite 'abundant' supplies
The UN, while cuttings hopes for the world wheat harvest, says supplies are "ample" nonetheless. Still, grain prices rise, as do dairy values
Sugar price slump underplays weather risks, says Rabobank
While there is potential for sugar prices to go lower still, the market appears devoid of premium for weather risk, the bank says
Hedge funds wrong-footed, again, by downbeat grain bets
Hedge funds ramped up bearish bets on corn and soy ahead of gains in futures - which will likely foster short-covering, and further price rises
Commerz upbeat on prices of cocoa and - for now - arabica coffee too
The bank cuts forecast for prices of cocoa and arabica, but to levels above the futures curve. The outlook on sugar futures is more neutral
Green Pool flags double trouble for sugar demand hopes
Health fears, and a switch to rival sweeteners, have cut sugar demand prospects, the group says. Still futures soar 6% as funds book profits
Feature
As sugar goes out of fashion, fat comes back in

... in dairy at least, where Dairy Australia flags "strong and growing demand for butter", which may force "structural" industry change

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