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Opalesque Commodities Briefing » Agriculture http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:03:38 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.5.1 en Hedge funds favour grains to soft commodities - but will it last? http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144567 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144567#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:03:08 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144567 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144567>Article Link</a> Hedge funds, despite lifting bullish bets on cotton to a three-year, favoured grains to soft commodities – so much so that many investors saw scope for fresh selling in the likes of corn. (more…)

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Global food prices to stay low in 2017: Rabobank report http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144549 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144549#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:19:21 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144549 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144549>Article Link</a> High global stock levels expected to keep food prices low during 2017, however, Donald Trump presidency may bring currency uncertainty that will translate into volatile food prices, Rabobank said in its Agri Commodity Market Outlook for 2017 here. (more…)

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China’s reserves a ‘striking wild card’ for agri-commodities http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144500 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144500#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 23:15:41 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144500 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144500>Article Link</a> How Beijing handles its reserves of soft commodities will help shape markets in 2017. China’s handling of its state reserves of raw materials such as cotton and sugar will be a key factor shaping the direction of agricultural commodities in 2017, according to a major lender to agribusinesses. (more…)

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Low food prices to pressure farm commodities in 2017 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144496 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144496#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 23:14:41 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144496 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144496>Article Link</a> Global food prices are set to remain low in 2017, keeping pressure on many farm commodity prices, say analysts at Rabobank. While the drop in sterling has firmed prices for many UK farm outputs, large parts of the food and agriculture sector need to be prepared to keep working in a low-priced environment, said the Dutch food and agribusiness bank in its Global Outlook 2017 report. (more…)

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Goldman Sachs and Chinese speculators fuel soy market rally http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144455 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144455#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2016 23:20:11 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144455 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144455>Article Link</a> The rally in soybean futures continued, as funds pile into the oilseed, but what is fuelling this fund buying? One factor is that Chinese soy-complex and vegoil markets are once again in bull-mode, after the government stepped in to cool speculation last week. (more…)

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Bumper rice harvests drag prices to decade-lows http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144391 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144391#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:24:12 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144391 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144391>Article Link</a> Years of drought brought by the weather cycle El Nino to South and Southeast Asia, home to the world’s biggest rice traders, have given way once more to soaking rains, boosting harvests of the region’s major staple crop and sending prices tumbling to 10-year lows. (more…)

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Global food prices to decline on bumper output forecasts http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144314 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144314#comments Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:22:30 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144314 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144314>Article Link</a> Global food commodities prices are likely to remain subdued during the rest of the current calendar and the next year following a sharp upwards revision in their output forecasts by the global monitoring agency the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. (more…)

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World food prices edge up in October - FAO http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144293 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144293#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:47:42 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144293 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144293>Article Link</a> World food prices edged up in October to continue an upward trend since January, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday, adding that prospects for global cereal output had improved. (more…)

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Is wheat undervalued on the futures market?: Braun http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144159 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144159#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2016 23:22:15 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144159 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144159>Article Link</a> Given the world’s ever-expanding inventories of wheat and corn, it seems hard to argue for higher prices for either one. Although the currently low wheat-to-corn price differential is particularly favorable for the use of feed wheat worldwide, support for Chicago wheat futures may lie within the fundamentals. (more…)

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Hedge funds cut bearish bets in grains and oilseeds http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144137 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144137#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:36:35 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144137 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144137>Article Link</a> Demand in soyabeans and end of US harvest offer support for agricultural commodities. Hedge funds and other speculative investors have cut their bearish bets in grains and oilseeds, as firm demand in soyabeans and the end of the US harvest provide support for agricultural commodity prices. (more…)

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What’s Behind the Glut in Agricultural Commodities http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143943 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143943#comments Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:27:37 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143943 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143943>Article Link</a> The boom-and-bust production cycle has expanded around the globe. Harvests are under way of what are projected to be the largest corn and soybean crops in U.S. history, which soon will hit a global market already sitting on the largest-ever grain stockpiles. (more…)

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China set to add to the global corn glut http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143887 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143887#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2016 02:20:44 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143887 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143887>Article Link</a> The global corn market is bracing for a potentially large spillover from China as the country will restart exports after nearly a decade of stockpiling the grain in pursuit of food self-sufficiency. (more…)

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U.S. Announces Trade Case Against China Over Agriculture Products http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143439 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143439#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2016 01:37:52 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143439 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143439>Article Link</a> The Obama administration on Tuesday challenged China over its support for domestic wheat, rice and corn growers, alleging that Beijing is subsidizing these industries in excess of internationally agreed levels. (more…)

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Food Commodities Trader Olam Sees Low Grain Prices Into 2017 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143434 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143434#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:44:59 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143434 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143434>Article Link</a> Olam International Ltd., one of the world’s largest food commodities traders, forecasts that grain prices will remain low into 2017 as oversupply and softening Chinese demand weigh on crops. (more…)

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Hedge Funds Are Uprooting Agriculture Futures Contracts http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143337 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143337#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2016 03:53:55 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143337 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143337>Article Link</a> Eight times in the nine weeks leading up to August 15, 2016, hedge fund managers reduced their positions in agricultural futures, with cotton, wheat and corn particular sell-off targets. (more…)

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Why Hedge Funds are Mass-Selling Agricultural Futures http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143336 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143336#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2016 03:53:42 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143336 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143336>Article Link</a> Agrimoney.com has reported that net long positions on key agricultural futures across the hedge fund industry have declined significantly in the past two to three months, down from roughly 600,000 contracts to 367,000 contracts in play. (more…)

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Japan says resuming U.S. white wheat purchase http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143287 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143287#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2016 02:10:30 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143287 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143287>Article Link</a> Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture has resumed buying U.S. white wheat after a trade halt following the discovery of unapproved genetically modified (GMO) wheat in July. (more…)

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Wheat Prices Fall To Lowest In A Decade http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143196 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143196#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:25:48 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143196 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143196>Article Link</a> Fed chair, Janet Yellen’s speech on Friday night failed to rattle commodity markets - even as it helped to push the value of the US dollar higher. In fact she was aided by a speech from Fed deputy chair, Stanley Fischer, who is anything was a bit more certain that the case was there for an increase in US rates - but there were not hints on when that case might become clearer. (more…)

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Here’s why olive oil prices are likely to remain stubbornly high http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143186 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143186#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 01:00:41 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143186 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143186>Article Link</a> Olive oil prices may have softened this year after a stellar 2015, but one analyst isn’t expecting a sudden plunge with a series of factors helping to prop up the market. Loraine Hudson, a market analyst at research firm Mintec, told CNBC Thursday that “tight stocks in the EU” will keep a floor under the commodity that’s widely used in cooking. (more…)

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Investing In Agriculture: Hard Profits From Soft Commodities http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143151 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143151#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:45:25 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143151 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143151>Article Link</a> Agricultural commodities have more diverse price behavior than metals or energy. One sub-sector is a must avoid because trading has broken down. One agricultural commodity has outperformed gold so far in 2016. Of the three major areas of commodities, two of them - energy and metals - get disproportionate attention from the financial media. (more…)

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Commodities: The milk industry cowed http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142984 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142984#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2016 01:21:04 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142984 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142984>Article Link</a> Dairy farmers adapt to tough times as demand for milk in China slows, hitting New Zealand and the EU. It is calving season in Waikato, New Zealand’s biggest dairy region, and Nicola Kloeten, a farmer, is delivering a new generation of cattle which she hopes will satisfy Asia’s growing appetite for milk, butter and cheeses. (more…)

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International food commodity prices fall http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142867 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142867#comments Fri, 05 Aug 2016 01:19:15 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142867 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142867>Article Link</a> The international prices for major food commodities saw a modest decline in July, following five consecutive months of increases. The United Nation’s FAO Food Price Index (FPI) averaged 161.9 points in July 2016, slipping 0.8 percent (1.3 points) below its level in June and 1.4 percent below its level of July 2015. (more…)

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Hedge funds sell ags again - but wheat shorts ‘in trouble’ http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142684 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142684#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 01:08:14 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142684 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142684>Article Link</a> Hedge funds extended their cut in bullish positioning on agricultural commodities to the longest of 2016, although ideas grew on wheat at least that the extent of short bets may not be sustainable, boding well for prices. (more…)

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Agriculture could be included in Emissions Trading Scheme http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142621 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142621#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:36:17 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142621 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142621>Article Link</a> The Treasury has raised the possibility of agriculture being included in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) after years of being exempt from charges. The move is suggested in a March Treasury briefing to Finance Minister Bill English and his two associates Steven Joyce and Paula Bennett. (more…)

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Fund Review: Agriculture http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142580 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142580#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 01:41:27 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142580 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142580>Article Link</a> Commodity markets have seen something of a rebound in recent months and agriculture is no exception. The soft commodity space is varied, ranging from cocoa to coffee to sugar, and while the focus has been on oil, gold and industrial metals and the effect on these of issues such as China’s slowing growth, agricultural commodities appear to have been somewhat under the radar. (more…)

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Hedge funds’ sell-off in grains raises hopes for corn, wheat rallies http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142579 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142579#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 01:41:15 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142579 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142579>Article Link</a> The extent of hedge funds’ selldown in grains, while continuing to raise bullish bets on soft commodities, raised ideas that the worst could be over for liquidation in corn and wheat– if not for soybean derivatives. (more…)

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Guess what’s on pace to book the biggest gain among commodities this week http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142552 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142552#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2016 01:54:54 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142552 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142552>Article Link</a> Cotton futures boast the largest gain among major commodities this week, after rallying Thursday to their highest level in more than two years thanks to a slowdown in global production and signs of stronger demand. Analysts said that the commodity is likely due for a correction after such a spectacular rise, but its lofty prices may be here to stay. (more…)

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Hedge funds accelerate ag selldown - boding well for wheat prices? http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142461 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142461#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2016 01:23:30 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142461 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142461>Article Link</a> Hedge funds accelerated their rate of selling in grains, fuelled by a hike in bearish bets on Chicago wheat to near-record levels – provoking ideas that a rout which has taken prices to 10-year lows may be spent. (more…)

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Agricultural Commodities Awaken http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142440 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142440#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2016 01:16:00 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142440 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142440>Article Link</a> Agriculture has been a sector long ignored by investors. So much so, in fact, that the last time the largest ETF in the sector saw investor inflows, was way back in 2009. (more…)

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Era of high agricultural prices ‘most likely over’ says OECD http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142376 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142376#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2016 02:45:34 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142376 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142376>Article Link</a> The recent period of high agricultural commodity prices is most likely over, say the OECD and FAO in their latest 10-year Outlook. But the two organisations warn of the need to be vigilant as the probability of a major price swing remains high. (more…)

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Global Food Prices Set to Stagnate as Population Growth Slowing http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142375 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142375#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2016 02:45:19 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142375 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142375>Article Link</a> Food prices will stagnate over the next decade as the population growth rate declines and income expansion in emerging economies slows. Food costs will stabilize at a level slightly higher than in the years before the 2007-08 price spike, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization said in a joint report. (more…)

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Understanding the Difference Between Hard and Soft Commodities http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142296 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142296#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:13:07 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142296 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142296>Article Link</a> There are two main types of commodities: hard and soft. Hard commodities consist of natural resources, such as oil or gold. While soft commodities are agricultural goods or livestock that must be grown and cared for in order to be produced. Both markets trade on supply and demand, and are heavily influenced by macroeconomic events. (more…)

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Hedge funds cooler on grains - but in softs, bullish bets at 8-year top http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142264 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142264#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:56:57 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142264 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142264>Article Link</a> Hedge funds’ love affair with grains has began to cool, even as they raised bullish soft commodity betting to a six-year high, leaving them vulnerable to the market turbulence which has followed the UK vote to quit the EU. (more…)

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Milder La Niña forecast for commodity markets http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142191 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142191#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2016 01:51:37 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142191 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142191>Article Link</a> The La Niña weather phenomenon forecast to develop later this year will not be as strong as that of 2010-12 when severe droughts in key growing areas around the world devastated crops. “Climate models suggest it is unlikely to reach levels seen in the most recent event of 2010-12, which was one of the strongest La Niña events on record,” said the Australian Bureau of Meteorology in its latest analysis on Tuesday. (more…)

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Soft Commodities: The Quiet Bull Market http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142170 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142170#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2016 01:30:55 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142170 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142170>Article Link</a> Sugar is sweet. Coffee is percolating. Orange juice explodes. Cocoa is a long-term bull. Cotton is cheap. Gold and oil get lots of headlines. Recently, we have heard a lot about rallies in soybeans and corn and other commodities. However, rarely do the soft, or luxury goods, get much press, but they have been active over recent months. (more…)

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Hedge funds lift bullish ag bets to 2-year top - raising scope for selling http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142154 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142154#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2016 01:26:44 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142154 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142154>Article Link</a> Hedge funds hiked their net long in agricultural commodities to the highest in more than two years, led by the most bullish positioning in softs since 2008 – but providing ammunition for the selling which set in on Monday. (more…)

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AfDB to invest $24b in agriculture http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142133 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142133#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 02:50:04 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142133 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142133>Article Link</a> African Development Bank(AfDB) President, DrAkinwumiAdesina said the bank plans to invest about $24 billion (or $2.4 billion yearly) over the next 10 years to help drive the agricultural transformation inAfrica. (more…)

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Hedge funds hike bullish ag bets to 2-year high, amid ‘inflow of money’ http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142047 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142047#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2016 01:26:03 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142047 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142047>Article Link</a> Hedge funds hiked their bullish bets on ags to the highest in two years amid the investor influx which drove prices to the highest in 17 months – although the upbeat positioning may spell bad news for wheat futures. (more…)

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FAO sees stable commodity prices amid abundant production http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142042 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142042#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2016 01:33:33 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142042 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142042>Article Link</a> The global food commodity markets are on a stable path for the year ahead, with solid production prospects and abundant stocks pointing to a broadly stable outcome for prices and supplies, the Food and Agriculture Organisation says. (more…)

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Agri-Commodities Winning in 2016 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142008 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142008#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2016 01:21:38 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142008 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=142008>Article Link</a> The inevitable just seems to keep coming around. That over time food would become scarcer in our world has been well known for decades. Simply put, global demand for food continues to expand. Inevitable scarcity of food for the world is occasionally hidden by short-term bursts of exceptionally good harvests. But, exceptionally good is not a normal state for world’s Agri-Food production. (more…)

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Climate-smart agriculture: More than just greenwashing? http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141988 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141988#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2016 01:24:14 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141988 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141988>Article Link</a> Ahead of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture’s second forum, numerous associations have criticised the group, citing the prevalence of greenwashing and lack of actual positive impact on climate change. (more…)

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Speculators’ bullish ag bets hit 2-year high - as algo funds move in http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141941 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141941#comments Tue, 07 Jun 2016 01:09:37 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141941 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141941>Article Link</a> Speculators lifted bullish positioning on agricultural commodities to the highest in nearly two years, as algorithmic funds flooded in, into sugar at least, – while coffee and wheat caught out investors making bearish bets. (more…)

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Global food prices rose in May; commodity markets look stable for year ahead – UN http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141917 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141917#comments Fri, 03 Jun 2016 03:43:24 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141917 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141917>Article Link</a> Global food prices rose 2.1 per cent in May, the fourth straight monthly increase, but stayed about seven per cent below 2015 levels, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said today, also noting that food commodity markets are on a stable path for the year ahead, with solid production prospects and abundant stocks pointing to broadly stable prices and supplies. (more…)

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Does organic agriculture boost local economies? http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141829 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141829#comments Mon, 30 May 2016 01:21:41 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141829 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141829>Article Link</a> For the first time, there is now evidence linking organic agriculture and economic health. The organic industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the United States food industry. Organic food sales grew 11 percent to almost US$40 billion in 2015, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA), while the food market as a whole had a 3 percent growth rate. (more…)

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The Commodities Market Has A Sweet Tooth http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141807 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141807#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 00:10:31 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141807 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141807>Article Link</a> Despite appearances that the entire commodities sector is continuing on a major downslide, one resource remains steadfast – sugar. Sugar has been one of the best-performing commodities so far this year – largely driven by a global supply shortage, after wallowing in a five-year surplus. (more…)

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Agricultural emissions ‘reality check’ http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141670 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141670#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 00:55:07 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141670 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141670>Article Link</a> A new report says that global agricultural emissions must be slashed to prevent the planet warming by more than 2C over the next century. The current focus is on reducing emissions from transport and energy. But an international team of scientists argues that if farm-related emissions aren’t tackled then the Paris climate targets will be breached. (more…)

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Ag prices soar: Commodities get mojo back http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141603 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141603#comments Fri, 13 May 2016 01:28:13 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141603 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141603>Article Link</a> Investors have been harvesting big gains in the past month from agricultural commodities, and some of the futures, such as sugar and soybeans, were near levels this week not seen in 18 months or more. (more…)

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Agricultural Commodities Egged On by China’s Futures Frenzy http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141397 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141397#comments Tue, 03 May 2016 01:18:20 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141397 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141397>Article Link</a> The recent fevered commodities trading in China hasn’t been limited to iron ore. Investors have piled into futures for everything from wheat and cotton to eggs and asphalt. As with industrial metals, analysts reckon much of the interest is coming from speculative investors who have been turned off to China’s stock markets by tighter rules over trading. (more…)

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Cotton Trades in China Hit Highest in Five Years, Enough to Make Jeans for Billions http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141381 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141381#comments Tue, 03 May 2016 01:14:30 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141381 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141381>Article Link</a> The volume of cotton traded in a single day on the Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange last week reached the equivalent of 41 million bales, enough to produce about 9 million pairs of jeans or at least one for every person on the planet, according to a Bloomberg report. (more…)

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Agricultural commodities rebound http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141219 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141219#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:35:10 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141219 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141219>Article Link</a> Soybeans climbed higher than $US10 a bushel for the first time since July, and corn topped $US4 a bushel as unfavorable weather in South America and an improving demand outlook for US supplies bolstered agriculture markets. (more…)

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Weather May Threaten Commodity Markets http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141181 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141181#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 01:41:01 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141181 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=141181>Article Link</a> When it comes to predicting commodity market moves for 2016, farmers and ranchers should look at past economic and weather trends across the globe. Jim Bower of Bower Trading says producers need to look on a more international scale than a local level for prices and risk management this year. (more…)

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Soft Commodities http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140891 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140891#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2016 01:32:39 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140891 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140891>Article Link</a> Also called softs, the term generally refers to commodities that are grown, rather than mined (hard commodities). For instance, tropical commodities such as coffee, cocoa, sugar, orange juice, lumber. These are assets that have more than one utility - they’re not just instruments to be traded in the market. (more…)

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Why you should take this commodities rally with a grain of salt http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140868 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140868#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:25:35 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140868 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140868>Article Link</a> Signs are beginning to surface that the global commodities implosion has reached bottom. The questions for investors, though, are how long the relative good times will last, and just how good they will be. (more…)

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New poll shows commodity prices as greatest challenge for producers http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140807 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140807#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2016 03:32:49 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140807 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140807>Article Link</a> Commodity prices are the greatest challenge facing agricultural producers in 2016, according to a poll of Farm Credit directors from America’s heartland. More than 64 percent of the directors — from the boards of 17 Farm Credit lenders in 15 states and of AgriBank, their St. Paul-based funding bank — said commodity prices are the greatest challenge facing ag producers this year. (more…)

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EU wants stricter position limits for food commodities http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140763 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140763#comments Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:39:39 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140763 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140763>Article Link</a> Tougher market share limits on food commodities traded in the European Union from January 2018 are needed, the bloc’s executive body said in a letter this week. Position limits come under the umbrella of a new EU law called Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II), with rules being fleshed out by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). (more…)

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Commodities Speculation Doesn’t Increase Food Prices http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140638 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140638#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:03:23 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140638 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140638>Article Link</a> A few years back it was all the rage to go around shouting that commodities speculation drove food prices higher. This betrayed a startling lack of understanding of how commodities markets actually work but it really was popular to say so. This led to proposals to limit the amount of speculation that could be done in things like wheat futures and so on. (more…)

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Agriculture ETFs Go Soft as Other Commodities Funds Climb http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140603 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140603#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2016 01:12:52 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140603 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140603>Article Link</a> It has been a banner year for precious metals exchange traded funds and, in recent weeks, oil funds have joined the commodities rally. However, agriculture exchange traded funds are proving to be laggards. For example, the PowerShares DB Agriculture Fund has traded modestly lower this year. (more…)

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India: Agri commodities get a mixed deal in budget http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140537 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140537#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2016 01:22:24 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140537 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140537>Article Link</a> Despite the considerable focus on the rural and agricultural sectors in the Budget, commodity market participants have been disappointed on a few fronts. One major expectation was the removal of commodity transaction tax (CTT) which was introduced in July 2013, which hasn’t come about. (more…)

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China still a draw for global food commodities, says expert http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140446 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140446#comments Mon, 29 Feb 2016 03:47:41 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140446 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140446>Article Link</a> China will still be a major player in world food commodities in the coming years, despite its current economic issues and slowing growth. HSBC’s Mark Berrisford-Smith suggested while China’s growth was slowing, the impact of economic changes in the country should not be overestimated. (more…)

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USDA: 2016 to be another bad year for farm commodities http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140426 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140426#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2016 01:00:06 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140426 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=140426>Article Link</a> Commodity prices will not recover this year, the federal government said Thursday in a forecast that will be a blow to producers hoping for a rebound in the slumping farm economy. (more…)

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