Cocoa
Ag price forecasters upbeat over soy, sugar - but not wheat
... according to a survey by FocusEconomics, which also flags an upgrade to hopes for corn futures. But forecasters lose optimism over cocoa
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
Hedge funds near-record short on ags - spurring hopes for 'powerful rally'
Hedge funds lift bearish bets on ags to the second largest on data going back to 2006 - despite weather fears. Could this herald a price surge?
ICCO flags Africa's growing grip on cocoa, as it hikes stocks forecast
Africa will produce 75% of world cocoa, and grind a growing volume too, the ICCO notes, as it lifts world output hopes to a record high
Cocoa futures soar, amid talk of Cote d'Ivoire forward selling spree
Cocoa futures jump 6%, amid short-covering attributed in part to talk that Cote d'Ivoire has already sold a stack of its 2017-18 crop
'Important' hedge fund data lift hopes for slowdown in soy selling
Indeed, funds are already eroding bearish bets on cocoa. But in sugar, they have created scope for further sales. Are they too bullish on hogs?
Grain markets, ag shares 'close to bottom of cycle' - BlackRock
BlackRock's Skye Macpherson sees better times ahead for crop prices and farm sector shares, prices of which are "very, very attractive"
Changing global dynamics to have 'big impact' on farming
... Agrimoney LIVE hears. The likes of the election of Donald Trump as US president, and vote by the UK to quit the EU, are only the start...
Agriculture needs 'transformational change', World Bank guru says
The world needs to produce more food with less land - and against challenges of climate change and regulatory pressure too, Marc Sadler warns
Hedge fund reticence to cover shorts in grains 'bodes well for price rises'
Hedge funds return to net selling in ags - with upbeat positioning on soft commodities and livestock more than offset by bearish grain bets
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
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