PM markets: corn futures climb 7% as US data rocks markets

Grains climbed to new 2015 highs, off the back of unexpected data on US stocks and sowings. Among softs, sugar jumps, but cocoa eases from 4-year high

Double dent to US corn, soy supply hopes sends prices soaring
Corn and soybean futures jump near to 2015 highs after the US pegs its stocks of the crops, and sowings, below market expectations. Wheat gains too
Gulf between Canada-US spring wheat prospects grows
In Canada, spring wheat, being tested by dry weather, has also been planted on a smaller area than thought - unlike in the US
Cocoa set to pass 2014 high says VSA
The broker is 'confident' that prices will reach new highs, while reaffirming buy rating on United Cacao
Officials cut EU wheat hopes, as heatwave strikes
As high temperatures hit Europe, Brussels cuts its expectations for the bloc's wheat crop, while German farmers are downbeat on domestic hopes
Rain damage dents upbeat hopes for US corn, soy yields
Doubts grow over ideas of a close-to-record US corn yield this year, thanks to heavy rains, tornados, flooding in the Midwest
Big US crop data day to provide questions as well as answers
The US is later on Tuesday to unveil two of the year's biggest grains reports. But it is not the usual data that are being looked at for surprises
Chicago wheat scores, unusual, premium over Kansas rival
Soft red winter wheat futures for July may, despite being of lower specification than hard wheat, achieve an unusual close at a higher price
Farmland Partners expands into fruit, as Gladstone buys too
Row crop land investment company Farmland Partners buys a blueberry farm, as Gladstone Land expands its portfolio too
KTG Agrar unveils China hopes, as Fosun takes 9% stake
The German farm operator becomes the latest agricultural target for Chinese investment, as Fosun becomes the second largest shareholder
Would a PotashCorp takeover of K+S lift potash prices?
Credit Suisse has cast doubt on the idea that PotashCorp's acquisition of K+S will lead to a potash supply squeeze
Hedge funds wrong-footed by wheat price surge
Hedge funds cut their net short in many grains - but not wheat - ahead of the price jumps late last week. In softs, livestock they turned more bearish
CWB cautions on Canadian durum, canola crops
This week could prove crucial for durum in parts of the top exporting country, while canola output prospects may be well below official estimates
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