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Hedge funds make positive shift in ag bets, led by sugar

Speculators cut sharply short positions in ags - notably in soyoil, and in sugar in which they turn their most upbeat on prices in 14 months

Hike in Ivory Coast cocoa price puts pressure on Ghana
The world's largest cocoa grower, which has just taken a record crop, has not granted an export license for major trader Sucden in the new season
Cocoa prices to rise, as Ivory Coast production falls
With lower harvests expected in key West African growers, prices will strengthen further, Ecobank says
Hedge funds wrong-footed by soyoil, sugar, wheat price rebounds
Hedge funds return to extending bearish positioning on ags - just ahead of price recoveries in many markets. Will coffee be next to catch them out?
Rabo ups sugar price hopes - but downgrades coffee, wheat
The bank flags "increasingly supportive" sugar dynamics, but sees drops in cocoa, wheat values. Soy hopes are cut, but remain above the futures curve
West African dryness provokes fears of cocoa deficit
Dry weather is to cut cocoa output in Ivory Coast, the top growing country, leading commentators say. Futures crawl to a two-month high
Hedge funds end bearish ag spree, after US corn downgrade
Lowered hopes for the US corn crop spur funds to return to a net long in grains. But in coffee, they take their most bearish stance in two years
KKO plans listing, in drive to rank top in Ivory Coast cocoa
KKO is to join the, small, band of listed cocoa groups - and raise cash for a drive to become the top grower in the top producing country
Hedge funds extend selldown on ags - despite sugar buyback
Hedge funds, in a rare move, turn net long on raw sugar. But the shift is more than offset by a selldown on grains, with corn and wheat targeted
Hedge funds extend bearish ag spree to longest in a year
Hedge funds cut their net long in the main US-traded ags for a seventh week. Cotton and wheat are out of favour, but sentiment on sugar sweetens
Ghana cocoa output to rebound from 20% slump, says ICCO
The second-ranked cocoa growing country will achieve a larger harvest next season, the ICCO says, as it cuts its output deficit forecast for 2015-16
Hedge funds extend sell-down in ags, amid China worries
Funds sell-off soybeans, a huge Chinese import. Still, they make an even bigger sale in coffee - in which they are at risk of being wrong-footed again
ABN upbeat on cocoa, coffee prices, more cautious on sugar
The bank says "bullish arguments for coffee have increased" and flags the potential for cocoa market upset from Ivory Coast elections
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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