Understanding Cotton Market Today

Current State:

The cotton market, which had been on a strong upward trajectory earlier this year, is now undergoing a correction. This is evidenced by the recent price dip, with nearby NY/ICE futures contracts (May and July 2024 delivery) falling through support levels near 90 cents/lb and currently hovering around 85 cents/lb. This return to the middle of the long-term trading range observed between November 2022 and February 2024 marks a significant shift in the market dynamics.

Key Factors to Watch:

  • Demand: The recent price dip could signal softening demand, particularly from China, the world’s largest cotton consumer. We’ll monitor Chinese import data and any signs of a slowdown in their textile industry.
  • Supply: The USDA’s latest production estimates have remained the same. However, weather conditions in key growing regions like Texas and India will be critical in determining the upcoming harvest and potential supply disruptions.
  • Geopolitical Tensions: The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine significantly shadows global commodity markets, including cotton. Additionally, the ongoing emergence of the Iranian-Israeli conflict could disrupt the growth and transportation of cotton out of the Middle East. 


Cotton prices are down from earlier highs, currently hovering around 85 cents/lbThis could be due to softening Chinese demand or upcoming harvest uncertainties. Geopolitical tensions add another layer of risk. For short-term traders, a buying opportunity might exist if support holds.

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