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Cocoa prices poised for new highs, amid industry shake-up

Cocoa prices are poised for new highs ahead of next year's growing season, while Ivory Coast groups are lobbying for a greater share of cocoa exports

Hedge funds caught out by ag price retreat
Hedge funds extended bullish positioning on ags to a one-year high - only for prices to fall. And further price declines may be "warranted"
European cocoa demand tops expectations, despite high prices
Cocoa grinding in Europe rose despite rallying prices, while Commerzbank sees cocoa rising further
Crops - bar coffee - worst bet among commodities, says Goldman
Agricultural commodity prices are to fall notably over the next year, in contrast to energy, base metals, Goldman said
Cocoa setbacks take shine from firm Barry Callebaut sales
The group outperforms in chocolate manufacturing. But its cocoa unit struggles against the lowest processing margins in at least eight years
Funds' swing bullish on ags raises fears of price 'headwinds'
Official data confirm a record shift positive by hedge funds in positioning on US-traded ags. But has that sapped potential for further price gains?
Officials spike data showing huge turn bullish by funds on ags
Reports circulating showing, by far, the biggest turn net long by hedge funds on record are based on "premature and incomplete" data, the CFTC says
Wheat rally has further to go. But corn, cocoa outlook less certain
... and as for cotton, it looks a long-term sell, a survey by Commerzbank shows, also unearthing optimism over gold and oil prices
Cocoa set to pass 2014 high says VSA
The broker is 'confident' that prices will reach new highs, while reaffirming buy rating on United Cacao
Hedge funds wrong-footed by wheat price surge
Hedge funds cut their net short in many grains - but not wheat - ahead of the price jumps late last week. In softs, livestock they turned more bearish
ABN downbeat on cocoa, coffee prices, citing demand doubts
The bank cuts its arabica coffee price forecast, noting improved Brazilian harvest prospects, and says slowing demand is curtailing the cocoa rally
Hedge funds return to extending bearish ag bets
Corn, sugar and livestock are targeted as speculators raise their net short in US agricultural commodities. But soybeans prove more in favour
China chocolate slowdown sends Hershey shares lower
The US confectioner cuts profits guidance, blaming a slowdown in China, which has been seen as a key driver of chocolate and cocoa demand
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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