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Consumer Spending on the Rise

May 4, 2010

Bloomberg Consumer spending in the U.S. – a key indicator that could precede an increase in clothing expenditures – rose


U.S. Trade Preference Program Would Benefit Pakistan Cotton

April 29, 2010

According to a report from Reuters, the United States has renewed its commitment to a four-year-old promise by former President


FiberMax Honors 2010 One Ton Club Inductees

April 20, 2010

Bayer CropScience recently hosted the fifth annual FiberMax One Ton Club awards banquet to honor the 2009 class of One


Making Every Cent Count

April 19, 2010

A 2- to 6-cent over-the-loan premium for quality here … putting your cotton into a pool that pays 8, 10


U.S. Cotton is Back in Play

April 19, 2010

“If you think we’ll get back to $15 soybeans and $7.50 corn like we had in ’08, you’re smoking dope.”

ITC Announces Events Promoting African Cotton

April 15, 2010

The International Trade Centre (ITC) on Trade Capacity Building and Promotion of African Cotton is hosting two upcoming events to

Brazil, Argentina Snatch U.S. Corn and Soybean Markets?

April 13, 2010

The combined soybean harvests in Brazil and Argentina, the world’s biggest exporters behind the U.S., were forecast to jump 35

Report: Improving Global Economy Sparks Demand for Cotton

April 13, 2010

The ICE No. 2 cotton nearby futures prices traded in a range of 78 to 84 cents during March with

U.S., Brazil Consider Settlement on Cotton Subsidy Issue

April 7, 2010

Reuters Maria Carolina Marcello Brazil delayed slapping import duties on U.S. goods for two weeks on Monday after getting a

It’s a Jeans World: Doing it with Denim

March 31, 2010

It’s really no mystery why some of our most useful inventions have roots that date back hundreds of years. After

Quicker to Market

March 31, 2010

Denim is big business for Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA), a farmer-owned marketing cooperative headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, USA. “We’re

Cottonseed Oil Makes Prime Time

March 31, 2010

Cottonseed oil played a leading role in a February episode of Food Tech, the popular series on the U.S.-based cable

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All Eyes on the Southwest as Contract Periods Shift

April 20, 2018

Mother Nature’s willingness to drop water on the Southwest plains will dictate price movement, as the May futures contract expires and July becomes the spot month.


USDA Announces 2018 Loan Rate Differentials

April 17, 2018

USDA’s Farm Service Agency has announced the 2018-crop loan rate differentials for upland and extra-long staple cotton.

Market Analysis

Strong Demand, Drought Concerns Pushing Prices

April 14, 2018

Thanks to mill demand, shrinking quality stocks and increased drought concerns in the Southwest, cotton continues to post gains in spite of the selling pressure created by rolling positions to the July contract.


Branding is Key Marketing Tool for U.S. Cotton

April 10, 2018

Brands mean trust, which sells products, and cotton is no exception.

Market Analysis

Shurley on Cotton: More Tariff Talk

April 9, 2018

The jury is still out on whether or not the “verbal war” between the U.S. and China will actually result in tariffs, and what the impact on cotton will be.

Market Analysis

Market Holds in Face of Tariff Rumblings

April 8, 2018

World consumption continues to support prices, but the mere suggestion of tariffs makes speculative fund managers nervous and increases market volatility.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: Prices Rally on USDA Acreage Report

April 1, 2018

USDA’s annual Prospective Plantings report pleasantly surprised the market, as seen by the price rally for cotton following the report’s release.

Market Analysis

Shurley: This is Now USDA’s Number for Cotton

April 1, 2018

In my opinion, USDA’s March 30 Prospective Plantings report gets us much closer to what will eventually be the acres planted number.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: Start Pricing This Year’s Crop

March 24, 2018

Plant, plant, plant continues to be the motto. But it’s also time to add price, price, price to the discussion.


JCPenney Joins Cotton LEADS Program

March 22, 2018

JCPenney is demonstrating its commitment to sustainability by joining the Cotton LEADS program.

Market Analysis

Demand, Weather Concerns Driving Strong Trade

March 16, 2018

The market seldom sees a three-year price stream so favorable.