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Hedge funds extend bearish grains, bullish softs trend

Hedge funds cut their net short position in ags. But the overall figure disguises a turn net long in softs, and a further record net short in grains

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Cocoa futures jump despite sharp drop in Asia's grind
Cocoa futures close sharply higher, even though data show Asia's processing volumes dropping even faster than those in Europe and North America
Cocoa boost helps AAK shares hit record high
The vegetable fats processor unveils a bigger-than-expected profits rise, helped by the popularity of its alternatives for high-priced cocoa
United Cacao shares soar on plan which may double sales
The Peru-based cocoa producer unveils an "incredibly powerful initiative" to sign up local farmers to supply beans
Cocoa, coffee, soy to avoid China import slowdown
Higher personal incomes will support China's imports of luxury softs, while an industrial slowdown threatens cotton purchases
Hedge funds record-bearish ag bets 'may spur' price support
Hedge funds hike their net short in ags to a record high, driven by negative bets in grains. But will this herald a sharp reversal in positioning?
Ghana's cocoa output to drop sharply, says Ecobank
The West African bank is more significantly downbeat than regulator Cocobod on Ghana's cocoa production prospects
Cocoa futures rise on better-than-expected European demand
Europe's cocoa grind fell less sharply was expected in the first three months of the year. But is this representative of the global picture?
ABN slashes forecasts for coffee, sugar prices
The bank says that, with processors' warehouses "full", coffee futures may fall further. But wheat prices could see a revival
'Irrational' cocoa market poised for volatility
Analyst Judith Ganes-Chase warns that cocoa futures may be in for "another buying rout", even as prices hit a one-month high
Soft vs grains gap emerges as hedge funds cut bearish ag bets
Hedge funds reduce their bearish positioning in major ag contracts overall. But the shift hides a gap in thinking on softs compared with grains
Cocoa, coffee better placed than grains for price revival
Macquarie is downbeat on grain price prospects, feed grains such as corn especially. But it offers hope for softs - even as sugar extends its recovery
Hedge funds lift bearish ag bets - against seasonal trend
Hedge funds raise their net short on US-traded ags to the second highest ever. Are they vulnerable to being caught out by a spring scare?
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