Marketing Stories

Marketing

Cotton Board Confirms $80 Million for Cotton Research and Promotion

June 13, 2014

The Cotton Board’s Executive Committee has confirmed $80 million for funding of the 2015 Research and Promotion Program.

Marketing

USDA Seeking Nominations for The Cotton Board

June 13, 2014

USDA is seeking nominations for candidates to serve on The Cotton Board.

International

Bears Still Impacting Market, But Chinese Mill Updates Driving Demand

June 9, 2014

As the bears continue their month-long rule of the cotton market, upgrades and investment in Chinese mills are driving demand for machine-harvested, high grade foreign cotton.

Market Analysis

Rain Washes Markets Lower, Watch for Short Term Volatility

May 30, 2014

As expected, rain in Texas sent prices three cents lower almost immediately. The market is now down in both the July and new crop December contracts, and is attempting to hold the line on any further price decline.

Market Analysis

Texas Rains Mean Happy Growers, Slipping Market

May 26, 2014

The million dollar rain came. And cotton prices were on the defensive all week as prices moved lower by the day.

Marketing

When Is A Blue Jean Not A Blue Jean?

May 19, 2014

The recent influx of man-made fibers into blue jeans is not a good fit for many consumers, and could affect the care, wear and expected five-year longevity of their beloved blue jeans.

Cotton Market Surprisingly Calm, All Eyes on the Weather

May 19, 2014

During a period when everyone predicted extreme volatility, the cotton market was calm. Possibly, this truly is the dark before the dawn.

Market Yawns as Trading Interest, Demand Continue to Build

May 11, 2014

Old crop prices slipped some 200 points on the week, and the new crop December contract settled marginally higher. Thus, the market was a wash during the week despite trading through triple digits most days.

Supima Honored for Premium Fiber Branding by AAFA

May 7, 2014

The American Apparel and Footwear Association has awarded Supima the American Image Award for Premium Fiber Branding.

International Cotton Schools Prepare to Host Rising Leaders of Global Cotton

May 5, 2014

Young cotton professionals around the globe are once again gearing up for first class learning opportunities this summer in Memphis and Lubbock.

Bullish Market Run Continues As Weather Concerns Mount

May 2, 2014

Cotton prices settled 100 to 200 points higher on the week as bullish fundamentals continue to build and speculative funds add to their already bullish positions.

The Long Reach of China’s Cotton Policy

May 2, 2014

The ICAC anticipates increases in world consumption of cotton and mill use in the coming year, but also projects declines in cotton production and world trade. All can be traced to changes in China’s cotton policy.

Cotton Council International Launches New COTTON USA Identity

May 1, 2014

Cotton Council International is revitalizing and re-launching its 25-year old flagship brand, COTTON USA.

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Market Analysis

Sleepy Market Hiding Potential Volatility

October 20, 2014

Cotton trading remains locked in a rather wide ten cent trading channel, but actively trading only a four cent band around 63 cents – 61 to 65 cents, that is. In other words, maybe we are being lulled to sleep.

Market Analysis

Plexus: Market on Firm Footing Through Harvest

October 17, 2014

December prices should remain on firm footing until the bulk of the U.S. crop has been harvested and the quality is known. But the massive global inventory probably means a sideways-to-lower market going forward.

Market Analysis

Demand for Quality Cotton Keeps Market Positive

October 11, 2014

The market spent most of the week in positive territory, as its ability to close higher continues to voice the immediate need for quality cotton.

Market Analysis

Shurley on Cotton: Fragile Market Shows Improvement, Outlook Still Cautious

October 11, 2014

After recently falling to the 61-cent level, prices have made a modest, but still welcomed, recovery.

Marketing

U.S. Loan Program Could Take Price Pressure Off of Cotton Farmers

October 7, 2014

With cotton prices sitting below the threshold that triggers government loan repayment assistance, the pressure for growers to move their cotton to market after harvest may be reduced.

Market Analysis

Chinese Government Now a Marketplace Fundamental

October 6, 2014

The more things change, the more they stay the same. But through their recent actions, the primary fundamental in the marketplace has now become the Chinese government.

International

Plexus: Market Still Has More Questions than Answers

October 3, 2014

Recent news from China has left the market cautiously bearish, mindful of the fact that there is still a lot of harvest time weather to negotiate.

International

ICAC – Lower World Cotton Prices to Persist in 2014/15

October 3, 2014

Noting the predicted 1.8 million tons of surplus cotton production and changes in China's cotton policy, a recent report from International Cotton Advisory Committee says prices are unlikely to rise to the levels of the last two seasons.

International

New Global Cotton Futures Contract Coming Early 2015

October 2, 2014

After a few regulatory delays, IntercontinentalExchange plans to launch its postponed global cotton futures contract early next year.

Market Analysis

Confusion Reigns in Market Following China Cotton Policy Announcements

September 29, 2014

Weighed down by unexpected announcements from China, cotton prices continued to trend lower and confusion reigned, as traders attempted to decipher the actual Chinese cotton policy.

Market Analysis

Shurley on Cotton: Time for Growers to Consider Their Marketing Options

September 26, 2014

This is not a good time to be trying to sell cotton. Nothing will appear relatively attractive at this point, but growers nevertheless need to carefully consider their options.