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Cocoa rally questioned, as futures hit 2,000

Cocoa futures hit 2,000 a tonne in London for the first time since 2011 - despite "no fundamental rationale". Does this make them ripe for a fall?

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Cocoa bucks ags' 2013 losses - and to outperform in 2014 too

Agricultural commodities, especially grains, performed far worse than other assets in 2013. But cocoa posted gains - which are to continue in 2014 too

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