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Corn appeal ends hedge fund's bearish spree on ags

Hedge funds turn more positive on ag prices for the first time since June - notably on corn, despite big harvest hopes. Are spreads with soy in play?

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ADM seals $440m sale of chocolate arm to Cargill
The agribusiness giant flags the potential for "higher return investments" as it unveils a long-awaited sale to rival Cargill
Cotton, sugar u-turns slow hedge funds' ag selling
Hedge funds' long-running selldown in agricultural commodities slows, despite a continued bearish turn in livestock and soybean positioning
ICCO ditches idea of world cocoa output deficit
The organisation highlights the increasing importance of West Africa in cocoa as it foresees a world output surplus in 2013-14
Hedge funds extend bearish positions on ags, again
Hedge funds cut their net long position in US-traded agricultural for an eighth successive week with sugar, livestock suffering particularly
Commerz cautious on cocoa, coffee, sugar prices
The bank issues forecasts for cocoa, coffee and sugar forecasts largely below the futures curve, saying supply fears may have been overdone
Cotton, sugar lead hedge fund pessmism on ags
Hedge funds cut further bullish positioning on ags. They turn net short on cotton and sugar, more than offsetting less dismal positioning on grains
ADM underlines cocoa, ethanol, wheat opportunities
The group says it is close to selling its chocolate business, can exploit Europe's wheat quality problems, and is "very optimistic" on ethanol too
Hedge funds close to most bearish ever on wheat
Hedge funds lift bets on wheat price dips to the second highest ever, and are notably downbeat on cotton too - dynamics ironically seen helping prices
Livestock futures to underperform crops - Goldman
The bank lifts forecasts for cattle prices, but to levels below the futures curve. Indeed, livestock markets' outperformance of crops is to reverse
Hedge funds 'close to exhausted' in selling wheat
Hedge funds turn more bearish on agricultural commodities again. Is there appetite for more selling? Questions are raised over cotton, sugar, wheat...
Worst over for grains rout. Sugar prices to rise
ABN Amro foresees potential for buoyancy in corn and soybean prices, but especially in sugar - once a revision to Brazilian forecasts is passed
Cocoa rally questioned, as futures hit £2,000
Cocoa futures hit £2,000 a tonne in London for the first time since 2011 - despite "no fundamental rationale". Does this make them ripe for a fall?
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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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