Livestock & poultry
Meat operations power Cargill in return to quarterly profit
... and help the ag giant report its best year since 2008. Global livestock growth even helps the origination unit overcome low price volatility
Hedge funds 'aggressive' buyers in grains - and 'more to come'
... in corn and soy, some say, in which funds remain net short as US weather fears are growing. Funds are now more short in softs than grains
Brazil cattle price extend 'staggering' drop, amid fresh export fears
Brazilian fed cattle prices open July weak, after in June seeing their biggest year-on-year decline on record - and despite better export data
Bankers turn positive on land prices in US cotton, cattle heartland
Bankers are the most upbeat since 2014 on land values around Texas, according to a Fed survey, which follows other sanguine market signs
Hedge funds wrong-footed, again, by downbeat grain bets
Hedge funds ramped up bearish bets on corn and soy ahead of gains in futures - which will likely foster short-covering, and further price rises
Boparan says 'pursuing right strategy', despite profits drop
The owner of the UK's 2 Sisters Food Group poultry-to-pizza business blames one-off factors, including bird flu, for a profits drop
Hedge funds hike bearish bets on softs to record high - 'heralding price gains'
Speculators lift bearish betting on cocoa, coffee, cotton and sugar to an all-time high, while cutting short positions in wheat - at a loss
JBS plans sale of Moy Park, amid $2bn asset sell-off
JBS, seeking to bolster its balance sheet after scandals at its holding company, unveils plans to sell the poultry producer, and a dairy asset
Hedge funds, wrong-footed by grains rally, 'swallow losses'
Hedge funds' surprising spring bearish spree on grain price falls appears to have led to losses. Still, many look in the money on sugar
Commodities a top contrarian bet, says BofA Merrill Lynch
... after fund managers turn "underweight" on the sector at the fastest pace in seven years, amid waning hopes for economic growth
Hedge funds turn net short on softs for first time in two years
... provoking ideas, notably among sugar investors, of an easing in pressure on prices. Bullish betting on livestock hits a three-year high
Minerva emerges as key winner, so far, of JBS turmoil
Minerva's shares have outperformed, amid optimism over its surprise $300m purchase of JBS assets. Still, other meatpackers stand to gain too
Zambeef shares tumble, after soy price weakness fosters profits drop
The eggs-to-feed group unveils a 94% plunge in earnings, reflecting a double whammy of Zambian economic woes and tumbling soybean prices