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ICCO revises view of cocoa market from deficit to surplus

Cocoa production has outstripped supply, the ICCO says, while output from Ghana will recover this season thanks to government reforms

El Nino 'to keep cocoa prices high'
West African dryness has the potential to support cooca prices at their current high level - bucking a bearish ag trend, ABN Amro says
Hedge funds near-eliminate their net long in ags
Hedge funds slash bullish positioning on the top US-traded ags, led by coffee and wheat. Still, commercial investors are record keen on coffee...
Crop markets to stabilise after 17% hit, says Goldman
Still, the forecast for small negative returns ahead is less upbeat than investors are pricing in. And Goldman foresees further livestock losses
Hedge funds hike bearish ag bets at fastest pace in 2 years
Hedge funds hike bets on ag price falls, encouraged by a US report which lifted stocks estimates by more than had been expected
African cocoa exports rally on higher prices
An increase in farm gate prices helped West African cocoa exports get off to a strong start, Ecobank says
Coffee best bet in ags, cocoa rally has further to go
... says Sunny Verghese, head of ag trader Olam International, who is also downbeat on Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil output prospects
Hedge funds turn record bearish on hard wheat - raising concerns
Hedge funds cut their net long in ag commodities. The extent of selling in Kansas City wheat, besides buying in sugar, provokes concerns
Barry Callebaut shares tumble as cocoa margin squeeze tells
The chocolate giant cuts its profits target, noting a "challenging" market for cocoa grinding, marked by "overcapacity" and "low demand"
Coffee Day shares flop on debut. Cocoa newcomer faring better
Shares in Coffee Day Enterprises, owner of India's top coffee chain, tumble on their debut. But investors in cocoa group KKO are sitting on gains
Hedge funds cut bullish ag bets, amid China, meat cancer fears
Hedge funds trim further their net long in the top US-traded ags, with coffee, lean hogs and soymeal suffering particular sell-downs
Hershey cuts outlook again on weak US, China sales
The US chocolate giant reports "underperformance" in China and weak domestic demand
Hedge funds turn bearish on wheat at fastest pace on record
A turn wetter in Russian and US weather spurs a jump in speculators' short bets on wheat. Still, funds maintain faith in a sugar rally
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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