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Sugar markets faces first of 'several' sugar deficit years

Poor finances for cane mills are finally hitting home, Green Pool says, issuing among the first forecasts for world sugar in 2015-16

ABN cuts corn, soy, sugar price hopes. But upbeat on coffee
The bank flags the slump in oil as it lowers price forecasts for crops used largely in making biofuels. But dryness is "back on the radar" for coffee
Green Pool lifts bar on hopes for world sugar surplus
The consultancy warns over comparisons between cane and coffee crops as it upgrades its forecast for the world sugar output surplus
Sugar trading at 20% discount to value implied by ethanol
Fitch Ratings says that the knock-on effect of Brazilian fuel levy increases will be a significant boost to sugar values, in ethanol equivalent terms
Hedge funds flip to net shorts in cotton, soybeans, wheat
Hedge funds extend their selldown of ag commodities, as the dollar strengthens and supply fears ease. Still, positioning on sugar bucks the trend
Sugar futures jump after Brazil renews fuel tax
The price of Brazilian gasoline is on the way up, boding well for values of rival fuel ethanol, and thereby for prices of sugar too
Corn, soy, hogs hit in hedge funds' bearish swing on ags
Hedge funds turn less upbeat in their exposure to ag commodity prices, notably on corn, soybeans. Their net long in lean hogs hits a 20-month low
Slide in crop values to halt Brazil land price rally
Brazil farmland price growth is to stall, Itau BBA says, cutting its rating on SLC Agricola shares, but recommending Ouro Fino and Sam Martinho
Beet woes prompt ABF to shut two more China sugar plants
Associated British Foods trims its forecast for full year profits as it reveals Chinese sugar setbacks, and underlines EU market harships
Sugar market caution sends Suedzucker shares lower
Shares in Europe's largest sugar producer fall after it warns that setbacks driving its sugar arm into the red will extend into 2015-16
Hedge funds look for price falls as they raise bets on ags
Hedge funds begin 2015 by taking out extra positions in ag commodities - mainly to bet on price falls. Grains and lean hogs are main targets
Macquarie 'bullish' on palm oil, sugar prices
Macquarie says it is "bullish" on prospects for vegetable oil and sugar prices, even as the UN warns over pressure from weak crude markets
UN flags vulnerability of ag prices to oil market weakness
Tumbling oil prices spelled "bearish trends" for agricultural commodity values, the UN FAO says, as it says that food prices have hit a four-year low
Sugar futures - will 2015 bring an end to their losing streak?

Sugar futures have fallen for four years in a row, pressed by a succession of world production surpluses. Can they perform better in 2015?

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