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ABN downbeat on cocoa, coffee prices, citing demand doubts

The bank cuts its arabica coffee price forecast, noting improved Brazilian harvest prospects, and says slowing demand is curtailing the cocoa rally

Hedge funds return to extending bearish ag bets
Corn, sugar and livestock are targeted as speculators raise their net short in US agricultural commodities. But soybeans prove more in favour
China chocolate slowdown sends Hershey shares lower
The US confectioner cuts profits guidance, blaming a slowdown in China, which has been seen as a key driver of chocolate and cocoa demand
Hedge funds slash bearish ag bets at quickest rate in 15 months
Hedge funds cut their net short position in the top US-traded ags to the lowest in three months. But has this opened to door to fresh grain selling?
Low grind demand could choke off cocoa rally
Cocoa demand could be even lower than expected, as rising prices make unattractive margins for processors, according to analyst Judith Ganes-Chase
Hedge funds cut bearish ag bets at fastest pace in 3 months
Still, the shift is largely down to one commodity, soyoil, with short-covering more modest in other ags. Wheat positioning is left delicately poised
Hedge funds' bearish bets on ags hit record high
Hedge funds lift their net short in soybeans to a record high. Still, it is soft commodities, such as coffee and sugar, which suffer most selling
ICCO flags Ghana fears as it slashes output hopes
The International Cocoa Organisation cuts its forecast for Ghana's cocoa output by more than 100,000 tonnes, and raises fears over recovery prospects
Ivory Coast cocoa grind to 'slump' as tax weighs
Ivory Coast, the world's largest cocoa grower and growing country, could lose its title of top cocoa processor, Ecobank analysis shows
Hedge funds still gloomy on ags, despite deep cut to wheat shorts
Hedge funds extended their nets short in ags, even as they made their biggest bullish shift in wheat since 2013. Will more short-covering follow? nominated for prestigious award has been nominated, for a third successive year, in the best finance/business website category at the Online Media Awards
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
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
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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