DTN Cotton Open: Market Higher, Specs Buy

    Moving cotton modules during harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

    The cotton market posted new highs for its move overnight as speculators continue to ramp up their buying. Last Friday’s CFTC data indicated a net long 59,000 contracts, but conventional wisdom would suggest they are even deeper in their long-side holdings given the immediate upward price action.

    Experience historically suggests such trend-following traders will overstay their positions and eventually will sell out. However, as of now, it seems the January Phase One High of 73.00 cents is the next likely target.

    Also undergirding the market is the growing belief USDA understated the 2020 crop in its October supply-demand report. The government reported a mere 15,000 bale reduction, pegging the 2020 crop at 17.05 million bales.

    However, producers out in the country are convinced much more damage was done by Hurricanes Sally and Delta. Some analysts openly say the crop is closer to 16.0 million bales. USDA will update its monthly supply-demand data in early November.

    USDA crop ratings have the crop at 40% good/excellent, unchanged from the last two weeks. Additionally, the 2020 crop is 36% harvested versus last week’s 26% gathered, and the ten-year average of 35%.

    The market is also watching to see if a new stimulus deal is cut before the presidential election. So far there is a lot of cat-and-mouse politics being played between Speaker Pelosi and the Trump Administration.

    For Tuesday, close-in support for December cotton stands at 70.00 cents and 69.00 cents with overhead resistance at 71.00 cents and 73.00 cents. The current estimated volume is 16,060 contracts.

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