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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
Goldman Sachs lifts cocoa price forecasts, but...
... the new estimates remain below the futures curve. Separately, Marex Spectron downplays prospects for prices recovering after their latest fall
Hedge funds lift bearish wheat bets to record high
Hedge funds' net short position in Chicago wheat hits the highest on records starting in 2006. They - perhaps unwisely - sell sugar notably too
Hedge funds' ag selling stalls - except in wheat
Hedge funds nudge higher their exposure to rising ag commodities, against the recent trends. But this may be down to profit-taking on short bets
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?
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
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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