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Olam 'generally bearish' on palm oil, sees 'tough year' in cocoa

The ag trader says it sees output rises depressing palm oil prices, as it unveils a profits rise - fuelled by "opportunistic" trading in grains

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Corn, sugar miss out on hedge fund short-closing. Are price rises ahead?
Hedge funds cut further their bearish betting on ag commodity prices, partricularly in soyoil and wheat. Corn and sugar miss out - this time
Cocoa proves sweeter than sugar for ETP investors
Cocoa is proving a bigger lure for investors in exchange traded funds than many big crops such as corn, ETF Securities data show. But why?
Hedge funds 'may turn sellers' in wheat. But will sugar get back in favour?
Hedge funds cut short bets in hard wheat at a record pace. But has that only created scope for fresh sales? In softs, selling reaches its longest ever
Funds lift bearish ag bets near to record - spurring weather rally talk
In grains, the net short does hit a high - even as weather hurts US crops. One pundit says the wheat market is "smoking in the gunpowder room"
Hedge funds extend ag selling spree to second-longest on record
... raising some ideas that grain prices are vulnerable to a rebound. One commentator likens the wheat market to a geyser poised to blow
North American cocoa grindings rise on falling bean prices
Cocoa grindings are starting to rise worldwide, while prices in New York rebound a touch from near-decade-lows
Nestle undershoots revenue expectations, as chocolate sales fall
Poor confectionary demand in China and Brazil weigh on Nestle's sales, but coffee demand remains robust
Banks and hedge funds aligned on poor wheat price prospects
... but they diverge on the outlook for cocoa and soybean futures, on which banks are more optimistic. Hedge funds are more upbeat on cotton
Barry Callebaut shares hit all-time high, as cocoa price dip helps profits
The chocolate giant unveils a bigger-than-expected earnings rise, fuelled by takeovers and a rise in cocoa grinding margins, at a 3-year high
Hedge funds turn net bearish on ags - spurring hopes for price spikes
Hedge funds open up a net short in ags for the first time in a year. But with weather a perennial threat to sowings, could they be wrong-footed?
Technical selling sends cocoa futures tumbling
Cocoa futures break back below \$2,000 a tonne for the first time in week, pressured by technical selling, and the heft West African crop
Cocoa price weakness 'unlikely to persist', says Moody's
Moody's flags the potential for cocoa demand growth, even as ICCO members prepare to discuss ideas of a "sustained structural surplus"
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Chocolate needs promotion drive, if cocoa prices are to recover

... says Marex Spectron, forecasting that, with a record cocoa output surplus ahead, bean prices are on course to retest nine-year lows

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