Cocoa
Callebaut flags 'high' cocoa grind margins, as demand revives
The chocolate giant unveils better-than-expected sales growth, at a time when "tight" supplies of cocoa products are supporting margins
Hedge fund shorts leave softs 'collectively vulnerable' to a rally
... says Judith Ganes-Chase, while noting that large stocks in importing nations curb prospects for a coffee rally. Cotton is her top pick
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
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
Commerz upbeat on prices of cocoa and - for now - arabica coffee too
The bank cuts forecast for prices of cocoa and arabica, but to levels above the futures curve. The outlook on sugar futures is more neutral
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
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
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