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Cocoa price hits 2016 high, as Asian grind rises

Asian cocoa processing was stronger than expected this year, as cocoa futures extend their recent rally

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Hedge funds 'may have overreacted' in record wheat sell-down
Speculators cut their net long in US-traded ags, led by a record sell-off in wheat. But did they go too far. Cotton, corn and soybeans were in demand
North American cocoa grind disappoints, Malaysia surprises
North American cocoa processing fell short of expectations, but in Malaysia grinding is up 4% year on year
Cocoa rally stalls as Europe's grind falls short
Data shows cocoa demand by European processors making a slower start to 2016 than forecast, bringing a three-day rally to an end
Rabo casts doubt on rallies in coffee, soy, sugar and wheat
The bank lifts price forecasts for the likes of arabica beans and cocoa, but to levels below market values. It is more upbeat on cotton values
Hedge funds cover ag shorts en masse - triggering hefty losses
Hedge funds close short positions in ags at one of the fastest paces ever - likely at a price on many contracts. But has this set up futures for dip?
Corn misses out on hedge funds' hefty short-covering wave
Funds retreat from a record net short in ags, encouraged by Brazil's real. But in corn, they build a record net long, spurring ideas of price support
Hedge funds wrong-footed as real's rally spurs ag price revival
Hedge funds hiked their net short position in agricultural commodities to a record high - shortly before a bounce in Brazil's real revived prices
Soy quirk disguises hedge funds' fresh swing bearish on ags
Hedge funds trim their net short in ags - but only thanks to a move in soybeans which was down to a technical factor. Sugar positioning "surprises"
ICCO flags threat yet to Africa cocoa output from Harmattan
The ICCO, which surprised many commentators with a forecast for flat African cocoa output in 2015-16, acknowledges that "uncertainties remain"
Hedge funds 'surprise' in raising net short in ags to record high
Hedge funds take their most bearish ever position in the main US-traded ags - leaving them exposed in the likes of corn, cotton to losses
Cocoa futures 'heading back to $3,000 a tonne'
West African dryness "could certainly" push prices up by nearly \$200 a tonne, VSA Capital says
Hedge funds hike bearish ag bets, amid 'weak macros, rising stocks'
Hedge funds lift their net short in the main US-traded ags to the second highest on record, led by cotton, soybeans. But will this herald a u-turn?
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Cocoa futures - will they gain in 2016 for a fifth successive year?

Cocoa futures outperformed handsomely in 2015, helped by weather concerns over production. Will they post headway in 2016 too?

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