ARTICLES BY SHARON JOHNSON
Quiet cotton market By: 04/29/2011 @ 10:47am

Thursday Trading Activity – The nearby lead month opened lower but hit its daily high within the first 90 mins of trade only to find a low by 4:00 AM EDT that proved to be within 11 pts of its 7 cent…

Sharon Johnson: Tight cotton stocks By: 04/11/2011 @ 2:03pm

The USDA reports contained friendly if not bullish surprises by tightening up the balance sheets for US and World cotton. US production was cut as expected pulling ending stocks down to 1.6 mln bales…

Sharon Johnson: Upside price potential By: 04/08/2011 @ 11:06am

In the US, the final ginnings lower production figure was adopted this month. Domestic consumption was eased up 100K netting a decline to ending stocks by 300K to 1.6 mln bales.  In the…

Sharon Johnson: USDA Report Preview By: 03/25/2011 @ 9:28am

Thursday Trading Activity – US cotton futures were on both sides of unchanged in the first 14 hours of the session. Export data pushed prices higher only to run into selling and a loss of buying until…

USDA Report Preview By: 03/25/2011 @ 9:18am

Thursday Trading Activity – US cotton futures were on both sides of unchanged in the first 14 hours of the session. Export data pushed prices higher only to run into selling and a loss of buying until…

Cotton supplies at 10-year low By: 03/07/2011 @ 2:22pm

The next monthly USDA update of cotton’s balance sheet in the US and abroad will be issued Thurs, March 9 at 8:30 AM EST.  As mentioned last month, into the third quarter of the marketing year…

Cotton margins, open interest & who's buying By: 02/17/2011 @ 8:25am

ICE is raising cotton margins for all contracts to 8400. for specs and 6,000. for hedgers, increases of 1400.00 and 1000.00 respectively. As a reminder, the exchange raised margins on Feb 11 due to the…

USDA cotton data seen friendly By: 01/12/2011 @ 11:09am

US crop up slightly due mostly to Ga with an increase of 80K, nickel and dime changes elsewhere. US area, planted and harvested, reduced slightly, due mostly to Tx with the national yield up a bit to 821…

Sharon Johnson: Aussie wheat floods By: 01/07/2011 @ 6:55am

After extraordinary issues with heavy rains and flooding last fall in Pakistan and then India along with problematic weather affecting China through its entire season, the market is more than a little…

Flooding plagues Australian cotton By: 01/06/2011 @ 1:59pm

After extraordinary issues with heavy rains and flooding last fall in Pakistan and then India along with problematic weather affecting China through its entire season, the market is more than a little…

Cotton prices enter holidays lower By: 12/23/2010 @ 2:31pm

Wednesday’s Trading Activity – US cotton futures opened down substantially Tues evening and within an hour or two locked limit down in the front month and pulled the next two old crop months…

Little change for cotton By: 12/21/2010 @ 11:11am

The stock markets open at this hour show little change as is the case with most US commodities. NEWS/REPORTS/MISCICE Spec/Hedge & CFTC COT Reports – Per the ICE exchange, spec added…

March cotton By: 12/17/2010 @ 8:32am

US EXPORTS2010/11 Weekly sales totaled 198K bales with the largest buyers in descending order Bangladesh, Turkey, China, Indonesia, Mexico and Pakistan.  As of Dec 9, commitments had risen to 13.56…

Cotton: Pre-USDA estimates By: 12/08/2010 @ 9:26am

This report is devoted to the world aspects of the upcoming USDA-WAOB release due out Fri, Dec 10 at 8:30 AM EST. Production in India and Pakistan may see changes in light of weather and/or arrivals whereas…

Historical highs for cotton prices By: 11/29/2010 @ 11:21am

After nearly a decade of record or near record production in the US and on a global scale, sizable supplies developed.  For instance, from 2004/05 to 2007/08 crop year, world ending stocks ranged from…

Sharon C Johnson: Ten days after USDA cotton supply/demand report By: 08/23/2010 @ 11:00pm

Atlanta, Ga - It has been a week-and-a half since the USDA released their monthly supply and demand report and in that time, the December contract has closed 325 pts higher as of Aug 19, 2010 but faltered a…

DECEMBER 2011 COTTON VS HISTORY By: 08/23/2010 @ 11:00pm

Atlanta, Ga – The Dec 2011 contract traded as high as 77.99 Fri, Aug 13 and 77.80 on Mon, Aug 23 but has been as high as 81.00 earlier this summer.   Open interest (the number of outstanding…

Sharon Johnson: China cotton hit by excessive rain By: 08/21/2010 @ 11:00pm

UPDATE: As a follow-up to the report below from August, the USDA did leave their Chinese crop estimate unchanged at 33 million (480-lb) bales in their supply/demand report released August 12, 2010…

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