Cotton Futures Higher Despite Export Sales Drop

Cotton traders have the board soaring again, up 74 to 104 points in early Monday action. On Friday, futures faded their early session strength to close mixed. December was up 23 points for the day, limiting the weekly loss to 3.27 cents per pound. December 2022 contracts were 7 points weaker on the day to 89.94 cents.  

FAS Export Sales data for the week that ended 10/7 showed 146,653 RBs of cotton was booked. That was a 6 week low. Total commitments were 7.62m RBs, which is down 7.5% from last season’s pace. 

Managed money was 87,445 contracts net long in cotton at the 10/12 settle. CFTC data confirmed a week of long liquidation, amounting to 9,757 fewer longs. Commercial cotton traders reduced their net short by 9,383 contracts to 174,733 contracts.   

The Seam reported 6,226 bales were sold on 10/14, marking the largest daily sale since 9.2k on 6/11. The average gross price was $1.0802. The weekly Cotton Classings report showed 247,217 bales of upland cotton were classed during the week of 10/14. That left the season’s total at 1.101 million bales. USDA’s weekly Cotton Market Review noted 12,723 bales were sold at spot through the week that ended 10/14 at an average price of 104.35 cents. The Cotlook A index was 225 points weaker on 10/14 to 113.05 cents. The AWP for cotton is 92.88 cents/lb. through Thursday.   

Dec 21 Cotton  closed at 107.33, up 23 points, and up 91 points this morning 

Mar 22 Cotton  closed at 105, up 5 points, up 104 points this morning 

May 22 Cotton  closed at 103.97, unch, up 77 points this morning 




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