DTN Cotton Closing: Sidestepping Exports to End Higher

    Defoliated cotton field ready for picking. Photo: Lance Clemmons, GW Farms.

    The cotton market was able to slough off what some traders considered to be a weaker export-sales report to close higher for the day and the month. Thursday’s export-sales, although decent business, did report sales of 122,000 bales versus last week’s 270,000 bales sold. Also, China was not seen in the buying mix, further adding a touch of bearishness. Nonetheless in the last hour of trading, future contracts representing both crop years did post new monthly highs.

    Spot May cotton will enter into its delivery period on Monday, April 26. That means virtually any and all spot month participants must liquidate, or liquidate and roll to the July Contract. May cotton will expire on May 6.

    Friday the CFTC will issue its latest commitment-of-traders report. Given the recent rise in prices, some traders expect to see an increase in bullish positions of certain managed-money speculators.

    Heading into Friday’s session, May cotton is up 3.78 cents on the week, 4.14 cents for the month and 6.32 cents for the year.

    May cotton closed at 85.02 cents, up 0.82 cent, July settled at 86.26 cents, up 74 and December ended at 83.08 cents, up 0.37 cent; estimated volume was 55,445 contracts.

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