Cotton Closes Mostly Lower on Friday

Rolls of Fabric from Cotton

Cotton futures slipped lower in the front months on Friday, down 18 to 266 points. Other contracts were up 14 to 20 points Outside factors were piling on the pressure, with crude oil down 64 cents, as the US dollar index was up 253 points.

Export Sales data from this morning showed an uptick in old crop cotton bookings at 189,016 RB for the week that ended on June 13, a 3-week high. China purchased 82,200 RB, with Vietnam in for 38,600 RB. New crop sales slipped from last week’s MY high to 111,799 RB. Guatemala was the lead buyer of 24,600 RB, with Turkey purchasing 15,400 RB. Export shipments were tallied at 197,905 RB, a 4-week high and 6.03% increase from a week ago. Unshipped sales still sit at a large 3.25 million RB with just 7 weeks left in the marketing year.

The ICE certified cotton stocks were up 469 bales on June 20 at 136,656 bales. There were 0 decerts, and 5,334 bales awaiting review. The Cotlook A Index was unchanged on June 20 at 82.70 cents/lb. The USDA Average World Price (AWP) was down another 67 points to 56.65 cents per pound on Thursday. It is good through next week. 

Jul 24 Cotton  closed at 68.19, down 266 points,

Dec 24 Cotton  closed at 72.21, down 41 points,

Mar 25 Cotton  closed at 73.60, down 36 points

On the date of publication, Alan Brugler did not have (either directly or indirectly) positions in any of the securities mentioned in this article. All information and data in this article is solely for informational purposes. For more information please view the Barchart Disclosure Policy here.