Cleveland On Cotton: Prepare To Market Out Of The CCC Loan

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The cotton roller coaster continues. The market was a down all week, corrected and moved high on Thursday, then gave up most of those gains and finally finished the week near the midpoint of the trading range…just about where the week’s trading began.

All the time, the two-month long trading range continues. The tight four-cent, 57- 60 cent trading range provides price support or price resistance, respectively, and keeps the trading range in place.

Prices pulled double duty on Thursday in trying to take the market above 60.25 and claim a bullish price breakout. However, the attempt failed, and Friday’s action was a giveback day as prices lost Thursday’s momentum and fell back to the midpoint of the trading range.

Going into the September 12 supply-demand report, look for the trading range to hold. The market worked hard to establish the current 10-day and 20-day ranges and most likely is not prepared to easily give up the respective trading ranges.

Export Sales Lag

Net export sales continued as a drag on the market as in the face of low prices, sales of both Upland and Pima cotton lagged on the week. Net sales of Upland were only 162,800 bales while Pima sales totaled just 900 bales. 2020-21 sales of Upland were 198,200 bales, Mexico purchased 180,000 of those.

Major buyers of 2019-20 crop were Vietnam, Mexico, Korea, Pakistan and Thailand. With the demise of the Chinese spinning industry, as it is increasingly being moved to other countries, these five countries –along with Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey and Bangladesh – will tend to be the major buyers of U.S. cotton going forward.

U.S. cotton cronies are in agreement that Hurricane Dorian skipped most of the U.S. Cotton Belt. Certainly, very small portions of the Carolinas and Virginia did receive too much water. However, it is believed that yield loss was not meaningful and that production loss was only very-very minor.

USDA will release its September supply demand report on Thursday, September 12, at 11 AM central time.

The report will be discussed on the AgMarketNetwork link of Friday, Sept 13 at 7:30 AM. Listen live by calling 605-313-5148 and entering the code 571052. An archived recording will be available later that morning at

We must be prepared for U.S. carryover stocks to build significantly during the 2019-2020 marketing season. USDA currently expects those stocks to climb to 7.2 million bales. However, we are very cautious that such stocks are building to near 8.5 million bales.

As has been suggested, expect to be forced to market out of the CCC loan.

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