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Cotton Production

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.


Demand for Quality Cotton Supporting Bull Market

March 14, 2014

The cotton market caught a few sparks this week as the May contract climbed to near 93 cents. Yet, the struggle of the new crop December contract to climb to 80 cents continues.


Over 100 Textile Companies Now Partnering with Cotton LEADS

March 14, 2014

More than 100 retailers, brands and manufacturers – including Brooks Brothers – have now joined the Cotton LEADS program as partners.

Market Analysis

Market Roller Coaster Heads Up, But 90 Cent Cotton Still Elusive

March 6, 2014

The cotton market recaptured most of last week’s losses. Yet, while bullish signals persist, scaling and holding the 90 cent barrier continues to elude the bulls.

Market Analysis

Market Volatility Has Arrived; If You Snooze, You May Lose

March 3, 2014

There are certainly no dull moments in the cotton ring as bulls and bears constantly face the threat of triple digit price moves.

Market Analysis

Bulls Continue to Run the Cotton Market; Short Term Rallies Possible

February 21, 2014

Cotton prices flirted with 90 cents all week as the New York nearby May contract battled to climb above that mark. Speculators were on both sides of the battle, as hedgers stayed clear of the skirmish. Yet, mill call sales

Father and Son Team Honored as 2013 Marketers of the Year

February 18, 2014

Marcus D. Martin and his son, Marcus L. Martin, of Casa Grande, AZ, make it a point to have lunch together nearly every day. It gives them time to talk about what’s happening on the farm. But it also gives

Cleveland: Cotton Prices Rally to Point of Likely Resistance

February 18, 2014

Cotton prices moved higher on the week, reaching a six month high as the March contract gave way to the May contract as the spot month. Attempting again to climb above 90 cents, the market – while remaining strong –

Lea Elected 2014 Cotton Council International President

February 11, 2014

Jordan Lea was elected the 2014 president of Cotton Council International (CCI) during the organization’s board meeting held during the National Cotton Council’s (NCC) recent annual meeting. CCI is the export promotions arm of the NCC and carries out programs

Bayer Seeks Entries for FiberMax One Ton Club for the 2013 Season

February 8, 2014

Bayer CropScience and FiberMax cotton invite growers to enter the FiberMax One Ton Club for 2013 to be recognized for their outstanding achievements in their fields and receive exclusive member benefits. To qualify for the One Ton Club, growers must

Cleveland: Strong U.S. Exports Bolster Cotton Market

February 7, 2014

Cotton prices eased higher near week’s end as Thursday’s rally brought the nearby March back above 86 cents.  The week was highlighted by strong U.S. export sales, the firming of Indian prices, ideas that the US crop is not as

New Design and Functionality for Cotton Board Web Site

February 3, 2014

The Cotton Board has revamped the look and functionality of their consumer Web site, The redesigned Web site allows visitors to browse for information about the Cotton Research and Promotion Program, sign up for Cotton Board newsletters, view and

Plexus: Emerging Market Issues Send Prices on Erratic Ride

February 3, 2014

New York futures ended a volatile week slightly lower, as March dropped 130 points to close at 86.03 cents, while new crop December fell 271 points to close at 76.60 cents. An escalating emerging markets crisis introduced additional uncertainty to

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.