Cotton rises as rain slows planting progress


General Comments: Futures were lower on some speculative selling tied to ideas of increasing offers out of Brazil.  Prices in general have been weak as traders anticipate another big crop out of Brazil starting the summer, and bears note that improved rains should help increase Vietnamese production potential this year.  Ideas are that supplies are good for now and can only increase down the road.  Rains continue in Vietnam and crop conditions have improved.  Current crop development is still good this year in Brazil, but it has been dry for the past week.  Production ideas remain big there.  Central American crops are mostly harvested and is too dry for good new crop flowering.  Colombia is reported to have good conditions.

Overnight News:  Certified stocks are higher today and are about 2.744 million bags.  ICE delivery notices are 0 contracts today and now total 137 contracts for the month.  The ICO composite price is now 126.76 ct/lb.  Brazil should get mostly dry conditions.  Temperatures will average near to above normal.  Colombia should get scattered showers, and Central America and Mexico should get mostly dry conditions.  Temperatures should average near to above normal.

Chart Trends:  Trends in New York are mixed.  Support is at 136.00, 134.00, and 131.00 July, and resistance is at 140.00, 142.00, and 145.00 July.  Trends in London are down with objectives of 1950 July.  Support is at 1970, 1955, and 1925 July, and resistance is at 2005, 2025, and 2035 July.  Trends in Sao Paulo are mixed to down with objectives of 161 September.  Support is at 166.00, 163.00, and 160.00 September, and resistance is at 171.00, 173.00, and 175.00 September.


General Comments:  Futures closed slightly higher to finish the week.  Traders remain bearish on supplies, especially from Brazil, and this has hurt New York prices.  London traders note that the spread between the two markets makes Sugar processing profitable and that White Sugar supplies should be large as well.  However, London prices are holding better than those in New York for now.  Traders are keeping an eye on developments in Brazil and expect big production as the harvest moves forward.  Brazil mills could concentrate on Ethanol production first and Sugar production second, and that could create some short term shortages for the market.  Chart patterns are down for the short term. 

Overnight News: Mostly dry conditions are expected in Brazil.  Temperatures should average near to above normal. 

Chart Trends: Trends in New York are down with objectives of 1725 and 1610 July.  Support is at 1710, 1680, and 1650 July, and resistance is at 1760, 1780, and 1800 July.  Trends in London are mixed to down with objectives of 486.00 and 481.00 August.  Support is at 496.00, 494.00, and 491.00 August, and resistance is at 502.00, 508.00, and 513.00 August.


General Comments:  Futures closed little changed in consolidation trading.  Chart patterns suggest further rallies could be coming and fundamentals for the short term could support the charts as demand has been better than trade expectations.  The flow of Cocoa from western Africa is less, and traders wonder about the quality and size of the mid-crop after some hot and dry weather during the growing season.  However, weather has improved in western Africa lately with more rain and somewhat cooler temperatures.  Ideas are that production in West Africa could be less next crop year as well despite the improved weather as farmers have not liked offered prices.  The mid-crop harvest is underway, and less than expected production along with smaller beans is reported.  Malaysia and Indonesia crops appear to be in good condition and weather is called favorable.

Overnight News:  Scattered showers are expected in West Africa.  Temperatures will average near to above normal.  Malaysia and Indonesia should see episodes of isolated showers.  Temperatures should average near normal.  Brazil will get mostly dry conditions and warm temperatures.  ICE certified stocks are lower today at 4.705 million bags. ICE said 0 delivery notices were posted against May contracts today and that total deliveries are now 727 contracts.

Chart Trends:  Trends in New York are up with objectives of 2370 and 2530 July.  Support is at 2335, 2295, and 2275 July, with resistance at 2385, 2400, and 2435 July.  Trends in London are mixed to up with objectives of 1580 and 1670 July.  Support is at 1535, 1525, and 1490 July, with resistance at 1570, 1590, and 1610 July.

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Jack Scoville

Jack Scoville is a veteran futures market analyst specializing in grains, softs, rice, oilseeds, and tropical products such as coffee and sugar. His industry contacts in South America, Europe, Asia, and North America provide him with a unique and comprehensive view of these markets. Jack began working in the futures industry over 30 years ago and spent 10 years working on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade in various roles, starting with The PRICE Futures Group since it was established in 1988. Jack writes daily commentaries - Morning Grains and Softs, in both English and Spanish and is regularly quoted around the world by news & wire services including Dow Jones, AP, Bloomberg, and Reuters. You can contact Jack by phone at (312) 264-4322 or by email at Learn even more on our website at

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