Marketing Stories

International

World Cotton Contract In Development Could Provide New Market Option

May 1, 2014

A new World Cotton Contract - designed to work alongside and be complimentary with the current No. 2 contract - is being developed by IntercontinentalExchange for a fourth quarter 2014 launch.

Crop Inputs

Deltapine Supports Agri-Business Education with Proceeds from “Heroes” Song

April 30, 2014

Deltapine has donated proceeds from the iTunes sales of “Where Heroes Are Made” – a song written and produced as a tribute to America’s cotton producers – as a scholarship to the Agri-Business Educational Foundation.

Cotton Production

New Webcast, Search Tool Added to Focus on Cotton Website

April 30, 2014

A new webcast focusing on cotton nutrition and a one-stop search tool that targets Extension cotton information from 17 states have been added to the Focus on Cotton webpage.

International

Trade Mission to Promote U.S. Cotton Advantages to Indonesian Textile Executives

April 29, 2014

Executives from 12 Indonesian textile companies will get a close look at U.S. cotton production, processing, and marketing and meet with U.S. exporters during a COTTON USA Special Trade Mission to the U.S. in May.

Market Analysis

Cotton Trade Strong, as Weather and China Take Control of New Crop

April 25, 2014

No need to get bearish now. Chinese actions and Mother Nature seem to feel the mid-80s is good for cotton prices. The question is – can Mother Nature tweak it higher?

Market Analysis

Old Crop Prices Remain Bullish; New Crop Shaping Up as Weather Market

April 18, 2014

Prices continue to be volatile and will likely remain so. Drought and a potentially smaller Chinese crop are adding value to the 2014 crop.

Blue Jeans Go Green Goes to the Movies

April 16, 2014

Cotton Incorporated’s Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycling program may be coming soon to a movie theater near you.

Old Crop/New Crop Gap Narrows As the Market Watches Texas Weather

April 11, 2014

The significant price inversion between the old crop July contract and the new crop December has declined to only eight cents.

What Would a Change in Chinese Cotton Policy Mean?

April 11, 2014

A change in Chinese cotton policy could set global stocks on the right path. But at what cost?

Recent Investment Spells Good News for U.S. Textile Mills

April 10, 2014

The U.S. textile industry has quietly attracted a noteworthy amount in foreign investments, and U.S. cotton producers are one of the primary reasons why.

“Dramatic” Market Difficult to Nail Down

March 28, 2014

Last week's market moves were little more than panic trading. One is tempted to call this a roller coaster, but that phrase does not conjure up enough drama for the current market.

Old Crop Prices Remain Volatile; Weather Holds the Key for New Crop

March 24, 2014

The market is looking to move above 94 cents, then jump to 96 cents. Yet, I would not hold my breath looking for 98 cents. As to how much the new crop December might tag along with the May contract, the new crop will be led by weather developments, not old crop prices.

More U.S. Acres, Possible Changes in China’s Cotton Policy Will Drive Market in 2014

March 20, 2014

Following a better than anticipated 2013 crop, some softening in grain prices and more concrete answers about the future thanks to a new farm bill, optimism in the cotton market seems a bit brighter than a year ago. But there are some trends that bear watching.

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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.