Marketing Stories

International

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.

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?

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.

Latest News

Market Analysis

Shurley on Cotton: New Round of Weakness Sets In

November 25, 2014

Merchants are now pricing cotton basis the March 2015 futures contract. But March futures – and all prices – are showing a new round of weakness.

Market Analysis

I Mean It This Time. The Bottom Is In.

November 24, 2014

I said it at 61/62 cents, so I’d best say it for 57 cents. The bottom is in.

Promotion

Sourcing USA Summit Strengthens Global Partnerships

November 21, 2014

The recent COTTON USA Sourcing USA Summit brought representatives from global sourcing companies together with the U.S. cotton industry to discuss the advantages of U.S.-grown cotton.

Market Analysis

Plexus: Spec Movement Reveals Downside of Sideways Market

November 17, 2014

The recent trading action that pushed cotton prices into the 50s is linked to the interplay of spec short covering and spec long liquidation, which should keep the market in its current sideways trend.

Market Analysis

Shurley on Cotton: November Numbers Mostly Neutral, Prices Hold

November 11, 2014

USDA’s November crop production and supply/demand numbers are little changed from the October numbers.

Market Analysis

Prices Still on the Path to Nowhere

November 7, 2014

Cotton prices continued their path to nowhere and are expected to continue the same back and forth trading action, reinforcing the thought that the market has bottomed out.

News

Texas Tech Program Wins Cotton Inc. Grant

November 3, 2014

Students in Texas Tech’s Retail Management program will get an in-depth look at cotton in their curriculum, thanks to an educational grant from Cotton Incorporated.

Market Analysis

Prices Hint That the Market Bottom Is In

November 3, 2014

Goblins may continue to haunt the cotton market past the Halloween holidays. But the market is giving more signals that the bottom is in.

Marketing

Don’t Hate the Futures. Hate the Fundamentals.

November 1, 2014

Cotton producers could learn a lot from – of all things – the onion market.

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.