Back on Jan. 7 I wrote about Cotton in Market Pulse saying the COT is signaling for higher prices. Back then March 2013 cotton had closed the week at 75.05. So what has happened over the past 2-months?
May 2013 Cotton opened last week at 83.16 and closed the week at 85.40. Last week’s export sales released on Wednesday did reflect increased demand for cotton.
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In the Disaggregated COT report last week we saw Producers drop net shorts to -173,689 contracts, Managed Money dropped net longs to 50,053 contracts, and Swap Dealers dropped net longs to 54,006 contracts. Bullish posture last week with a minor bear move last week. So you can see from the last cotton Market Pulse the COT was right on.
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Looking at the daily chart starting in February May cotton seemed to get stuck between 82-84, with a one day test of 85.00. Now see cotton closing over 85.00 for the past three trading sessions. While ADX did drop from above 60 (very strong trend) to under 25 the past few weeks, we now see ADX has turned up again and DI+ has crossed up over DI- with DI Differential rising. Stochastics are back in overbought territory. So the daily charts reflect the bulls taking a breather in February.
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Now for March they look like they may have caught their breath. Could we see a break above 90 soon? With a possible drop of 23% U.S. cotton acreage, that may be in the cards. We will get confirmation of this on March 28 when the Perspective Plantings will be released.
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