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Mid-South Cotton Producers to See San Joaquin Valley Agriculture

July 6, 2014

Thirteen Mid-South cotton producers will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley the week of July 13 as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2014 Producer Information Exchange Program.

Marketing

Shipping Cotton Quickly and in Good Faith

July 1, 2014

Enhanced scheduling tools should provide more transparency for shippers, warehouses and USDA.

International

CCI Promotes Textile Industry Dialogue during Events in China and Turkey

June 30, 2014

Cotton Council International recently completed programs in China and Turkey designed to increase dialogue between COTTON USA and the countries’ textile industries and buyers.

Market Analysis

Bears Rule, As Market Awaits USDA Reports – and Monsoons

June 27, 2014

Once the cotton market realized a squeeze on the July futures contract would not occur, prices crashed as if they were Humpty Dumpty. Open interest has fallen to its lowest point in 30 months.

Market Analysis

Like Poker, Cotton Market Full of Bluffs and Calls

June 23, 2014

The past week’s roller coaster ride in July prices was more about end-of-year book balancing and end-of-game bluffs and calls rather than about the supply and demand of cotton, creating a total disconnect between futures price and cash price.

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.

USDA Seeking Nominations for The Cotton Board

June 13, 2014

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Market Analysis

With WTO Brazil Settled, Cotton Casts a Wary Eye on Chinese Policy

October 31, 2014

With the conclusion of the WTO Brazil case, the U.S. cotton industry can bring a renewed focus to the challenges ahead, coming from a familiar source.

Market Analysis

Shurley on Cotton: Lackluster Week Closes on a High Note

October 27, 2014

An end of week uptick closed the market up 81 points from the previous week. But the longer-term direction is still sideways, with a range of mostly 62 to 67 cents.

Market Analysis

Same Song, Same Tune – Market Sings the Low-to-Mid 60s Blues

October 24, 2014

The same record that has been spinning for weeks is still playing. The 61 to 62 cent price resistance holds firm, attempts to close above 65 cents continue to be thwarted, and the potential for a short covering rally lingers strong in the background.

Market Analysis

Plexus: Market “Boxed In” Between Support and Resistance

October 24, 2014

Volatility dropped this week, as the market is discounting a scenario in which prices are not expected to change significantly over the coming months. Once all harvest is complete and sorted out, we may see renewed pressure on cash prices.

News

Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show Returns for Third Year

October 23, 2014

Cotton Incorporated will again host Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show – a fashion marathon featuring a different cotton look every minute – in early November.

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.