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Waning Ebola fears cast doubt on cocoa price rises

A rebound in cocoa prices from mid-November lows may not prove sustainable, analyst Judith Ganes-Chase says, flagging large industry stockpiles

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Hedge funds 'pantsed' in bearish shift on ag bets
Hedge funds cut bullish positioning on ags at the fastest pace since July - and may wish they had held firm on bets on the likes of corn and soybeans
Coffee prices to hit 3-year high - if buyers get more gusto
Price Futures says more enthusiasm is needed from roasters if coffee is to hit the heights suggested by Commerzbank, which is also upbeat on sugar
Shares in first listed cocoa-growing specialist jump on debut
Dennis Melka, one of the world's few serial plantations entrepreneurs, talks on "extortionate" export taxes, and the "Porsche of cocoa"
ICCO cautions over strong Ivory Coast cocoa output
Ivory Coast's apparently firm start to 2014-15 may have been exaggerated by some non-farm factors. Still, the country's output prospects look strong
Cotton 'best bet' among crops, and soybeans worst
Societe Generale cuts its forecast for cotton prices, but to levels above those investors are factoring in. The outlook for soybeans is not so rosy
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
Hershey cuts profit hopes, citing high dairy costs
The chocolate giant underlines the gap between resilient US milk prices and weak values abroad, as it highlights a dent from dairy and cocoa costs
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?
Extent of hedge fund short-closing in ags revealed
Hedge funds raise bullish positioning on ags by more than 50,000 contracts, led by short covering. Bullish positioning on coffee hits a six-year high
Cocoa prices have 'factored in Ebola', says ICCO
The ICCO highlights that Ebola has not reached major cocoa growing countries of Ivory Coast and Ghana. But strong grind data support futures prices
EU cocoa grind eases, fuelling price decline
Cocoa futures fall, after data show European cocoa processing volumes falling a little short of expectations. Still, Ebola remains the main focus
Have hedge funds ended wave of selling in ags?
Hedge funds' net long position in ags stays stable for a fourth week, as selling in corn and soy is matched by less bearish takes on cotton and sugar
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Shares in first listed cocoa-growing specialist jump on debut

Dennis Melka, one of the world's few serial plantations entrepreneurs, talks on "extortionate" export taxes, and the "Porsche of cocoa"

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