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Brazil sugar sector poised for 'wave of mergers'

A leading banker cautions over sugar mill finances as he warns that next season's cane crop in Brazil's Centre South could fall below this year's

Brazilian elections 'to spur sugar price revival'
October elections will clear the way for rises in Brazil's regulated gasoline prices - fostering rises in ethanol, then sugar, values, says Datagro
Soy, sugar drive hedge fund sell-off in ags
Hedge funds come close to their first net short in soybeans since 2011 as they extend turn bearish in bets on ag commodities. Corn data pose a riddle
Rabobank foresees world sugar output deficit
The bank forecasts a return to a world sugar production deficit in 2014-15. But will it be big enough to lift prices?
Dryness fosters huge boost in Brazil sugar output
Brazil Centre South sugar output jumps 71%, year on year. But the dryness speeding harvest may extract a longer-term cost in cane yields
ABF offers hope of end to EU sugar hardships
The food group sees signs of stabilisation in EU sugar prices - but at lower-than-expected levels. Rival Suedzucker remains cautious on its prospects
Czarnikow forecasts, small, world sugar deficit
The merchant notes surprising strength in sugar output as, in the latest of a disparate set of trade numbers, it makes its first forecasts for 2014-15
'Sudden death' fear prompts sugar deficit upgrade
Platts Kingsman raises its forecast for the world sugar output shortfall in 2014-15, citing the potential for Brazilian mills to run out of cane
Hedge fund liquidation in ags 'largely complete'
ANZ says the bearish turn in fund bets on ags "looks to have largely run its course" after data shows the most bearish positioning on soy since 2011
India 'may take centre stage' in sugar markets
Futures pricing suggests Indian sugar output may have an unusually strong influence on values, raising the monsoon's profile, ED&F Man says
Hedge funds sweeter on ag prices, led by sugar
Hedge funds end a run of bearish positioning on ags, led by a record turn bullish on sugar. Downbeat positioning on corn extends to a seventh week
Sugar prices recover, despite Brazil output jump
Sugar futures recover some lost ground after Unica says a jump in Brazilian output is down to a one-off, and restates concern over cane condition
Brazil cane crop faces 'terrible catch 22'
Both continued dryness, and drought-busting rains, will pose threats to the cane crop in the key Centre South region, Marex Spectron says
Sugar prices - can they break their losing streak in 2014?

Sugar prices fell in 2013 for a third successive year, depressed by a further season of production surplus. Will 2014 bring an end to the downturn?

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