ICE cotton rose by the start of December 2017, buoyed by a streak of supportive export sales reports over the last few weeks, further supported by concerns of crop quality in top producer Texas. Cotton contracts for March settled up 0.47 cent, or 0.65%, at 73.28 cents per lb. It traded within a range of 72.66 and 73.41 cents a lb.
The contract registered its sixth consecutive weekly gain and was up about 1.9% for the week. Prices are up on “quality issues in Texas and as US export sales for the year are a little bit further ahead from where it usually is at this time of the year,” said Beau Stephenson, Merchant at Omnicotton Inc.
At the same time the US Department of Agriculture reported net sales of 276,500 running bales for 2017-18, down 23% from the previous week and 14% from the prior four-week average, in its weekly export sales report. Export sales for the natural fibre have totalled over 1.1 million bales in the last three weeks.
Total futures market volume fell by 13,634 to 24,498 lots. Data showed total open interest gained 3,594 to 246,338 contracts in the previous session. Certificated cotton stocks deliverable as of November 30 totalled 47,729 480-lb bales, down from 47,951 in the previous session. The dollar index was down 0.11%. The Thomson Reuters CoreCommodity CRB Index, which tracks 19 commodities, was up 0.80%.