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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

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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
Cotton, soy lead hedge fund return to bearish positioning on ags
Hedge funds cut their net long in ag derivatives for the first time since September, despite a short-covering spree in wheat. Is cocoa now a buy?
Talk of world running out of cocoa 'overstated in the extreme'
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Sugar a better bet than coffee or cocoa, says ABN
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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
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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
Deutsche urges long bet in ags, especially cocoa
Deutsche Bank follows up supportive comments last week by recommending investors go long on ag commodities. Ebola gives an extra reason to back cocoa
Hedge funds 'caught out' by crop price reversals
Hedge funds late to join the spree of negative bets on agricultural commodity prices may find themselves sitting on losses, thanks to price rebounds
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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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