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Strong Market Support Pushes Prices Higher

April 21, 2017

Cotton prices made a run higher this past week, as export sales and inquiries continue to provide support to the market.

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Shurley on Cotton: Exports Continue Upward Trend

April 12, 2017

USDA’s April supply and demand estimates increased U.S. cotton exports for the 2016 crop year to 14 million bales – a surprising upward jump, but one that is certainly justified.

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Cleveland: Strong Exports Driving World Stocks Lower

April 10, 2017

Strong export sales and brisk shipments of U.S. cotton should continue for at least 2-4 more months, helping to lower world cotton stocks and maintain prices in the 70s.

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Shurley on Cotton: How Do Increased Acres Impact Prices?

April 3, 2017

The market anticipated an acreage increase for cotton, and USDA says the number is roughly 350,000 acres more than most expected. How does this impact the market and why?

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No Surprises When It Comes to Acreage or Exports

March 31, 2017

U.S. cotton acreage predictions in USDA’s 2017 Prospective Plantings report were not surprising. Neither were the export sale and delivery numbers that the U.S. continues to enjoy.

Cleveland: Market Still Looking for Its Top

March 26, 2017

The market is now showing a tendency to sell off and lose daily gains as the trading day ends. It’s really doing nothing more than still trying to pick its top.

Cotton Prices Reach Upper Third of Historical Range

March 17, 2017

The cotton bull made another impressive stand on the past week, as cotton prices continue to hold in the upper one-third of its historical price range.

Shurley on Cotton: New Crop Strength and Outlook

March 13, 2017

Four factors are driving the new crop strength and outlook for cotton in 2017.

It Bears Repeating – Price New Crop Now!

March 13, 2017

Two things to keep in mind: If you like the price enough to plant cotton, then like the price enough to sell some of it. And, December futures are expected to move 10-15 cents lower.

Grab Hold. The Bulls Are Running!

March 6, 2017

The cotton bull, with freshly sharpened and longer horns, has broken out and is trying to push old crop May and July contracts above 80 cents.

Cleveland: Of Export Sales, USDA Numbers and BCI

February 27, 2017

Dr. O.A. Cleveland praises U.S. cotton exports, muses about USDA predictions and calculations, and ponders the role of Better Cotton Initiative in the U.S.

Time for Growers to Start Pricing Their 2017 Crop

February 17, 2017

Dr. O.A. Cleveland believes growers should price at least 50% of their anticipated 2017 crop now with the December ICE contract above 74 cents.

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Was USDA Right? U.S. Crop Looking Bigger.

August 18, 2017

The U.S. crop is signaling that it is getting bigger. With nothing more than a good fall, the crop could climb as much as a million bales more than USDA’s August surprise estimate.

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Shurley: So Much for 18 Million Bales and Higher Prices

August 14, 2017

If USDA’s September numbers still validate a 20+ million bale crop, prices could slide. If not, the 68-70 cent level – or better – should hold.

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USDA Report Stuns Market. Now, Wait for Reality.

August 14, 2017

USDA stunned the market with its August estimate of U.S. cotton production. But remember – history has shown consistent deviation between mid-summer estimates and final harvest realities.

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Production, Weather Woes Boosting Market

August 4, 2017

Mother Nature’s recent Texas outburst was rough on cotton fields. But it was enough to boost prices back into the 70s.

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Technically Speaking, Pay Attention to Fundamentals

July 28, 2017

With prices holding in a three-cent range, it’s likely time to pay attention to what the market fundamentals and technicals are telling us.

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December Futures Prices? Ask Mother Nature.

July 23, 2017

Opinions differ on where December futures prices may go. But there’s no doubt that Mother Nature holds the key to forthcoming price activity.

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With Market Oversold, Is Bullish Return Near?

July 14, 2017

The cotton invert continues, as both the U.S. and Australian crops are oversold.

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Shurley: Prices Continue to Flounder in Lower Range

July 14, 2017

The July USDA crop production and supply and demand estimates report was not bad, but prices continue to show no improvement.

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Rain in India, U.S. Keeps Pressure on Prices

July 7, 2017

Beneficial rains in the U.S. and India kept pressure on cotton prices, as the December futures contract settled the past week unchanged.

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Shurley on Cotton: Where Did the Acres Go?

July 6, 2017

Dr. Don Shurley says the recent USDA Planted Acreage report did not deliver as expected, making times a bit confusing for producers looking to manage risk.

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Bulls Push Market on Heels of USDA Planting Report

July 5, 2017

Smaller than expected U.S. cotton plantings – and the potential smaller crop – caught the bulls’ attention in the market.