Cocoa price rise eats into chocolate bars

From the chocolate board at Wild Honey, Mayfair
©Charlie Bibby

Industry turns to ‘sharing bags’ to protect margins

Oil industry M&A shows signs of revival

Equity valuations are falling as financing becomes more difficult and hedges are used up

Met coal slumps despite iron ore rebound

Steady supplies from US and China depress prices

AstraZeneca provides lessons for Syngenta

Swiss group has to decide whether or not to engage with suitor Monsanto

Assessing Opec’s oil market strategy

It is too early to tell how many key factors will play out

Miners on the ropes as market capitalisation and returns fall

Sector faces plunging prices and growing pressure from governments and investors

Herbicides key to Monsanto’s Syngenta bid

Improved offer expected after $45bn bid rejected

Agri outlook supportive for Glencore

Key grain and oilseed traders achieve high export volumes

Glencore tackles fossil fuel reserves

Ivan Glasenberg rejects notion that company’s resources will become ‘stranded assets’

Paul Reed

BP’s trading unit boosted by volatility

BP IST will be watched closely by investors

Commodity markets need better regulation

Governments must ensure best price for consumers, says BP’s Paul Reed

Sorghum and barley become grain crops du jour

US planting increases as Chinese demand jumps

Tough first quarter for commodities

Iron ore and coffee lead the losers as oversupply and strong dollar hit prices

Traders’ alarm at Europe’s stricter rules

Industry needs to step up efforts to inform policy makers

Margarita Louis-Dreyfus keeps her options open

In a rare public outing trader’s controlling shareholder shares vision for next decade

Citic takes $2.5bn hit from iron venture

Writedown prompts Australian partner Clive Palmer to deny he is going broke

Belaruskali shakes up potash sector

Agreement with China undercuts other players’ negotiations

Demystifying the ‘Fracklog’

Number of uncompleted shale wells will drop as oil prices recover

Young Americans turn to tea

US taste for coffee ebbs while Brits swap teapots for percolators

Lessons from Rio’s Mongolian adventure

How to minimise the risks of joint ventures with governments