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Disease losses fuel world cocoa shortfall - ICCO

The International Cocoa Organization, explaining its forecast for a second year of cocoa production deficit, notes setbacks in Cameroon and Indonesia

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Hedge funds most bullish on ags since US drought
Hedge funds have, amid worries over Brazil's drought, undertaken their second biggest month ever for bullish positioning on agricultural commodities
Corn, coffee lead hedge funds' bullish turn on ags
Hedge funds lift bullish positioning on ag commodities to one of the highest since 2012, turning net long in corn for the first time since June
Olam bullish on cocoa, coffee - and tomato paste
The ag commodities trader says it is "friendly" to arabica coffee and cocoa in pricing terms - and flags a "bullish" tomato paste market
Goldman lifts coffee price hopes, but wary on ags
Goldman lifts its coffee price forecast, a bit, as a Brazil executive says dryness is turning beans into "bubble wrap". But it sees ag prices falling
Brazil heat fears turn hedge funds positive on ags
Hedge funds turn bullish on ag commodities at the fastest pace since 2012, amid fears over damage to Brazil crops from dryness. Are rains on the way?
Strong demand 'limits' scope for crop price falls
Food prices have hit a 19-month low, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says. But a "change of mindset" may curtail further declines
Hedge fund sugar, wheat bets may herald price gain
Hedge funds' bets on sugar and wheat price falls may have hit levels that limit the appetite for more - especially amid some production threats
Cocoa officials quash talk of deficit upgrade
The International Cocoa Organization dismisses talk it is to double its estimate for the cocoa supply deficit. But another bullish rumour emerges...
Hedge funds win on hogs, sugar, but lose on cotton
Hedge funds profit by turning more upbeat on lean hog prices - at last - and extending bearish sugar bets. But they look wrong-footed on cotton
Hedge funds end record bearish spree on ag futures
Hedge funds turn more positive on agricultural commodity prices for the first time since October, as they book - hefty - profits on grain positions
Cocoa prices edge higher, as EU data ease nerves
Europe's cocoa grind ended 2013 bigger than expected, offsetting a cloud from weak Malaysian data and some disappointment over Barry Callebaut sales
Deutsche, Evergrain stoke bearish crop price talk
Deutsche Bank cuts grain price forecasts, and Evergrain sees "further downside potential" for prices, echoing comment from the likes of Goldman Sachs
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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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