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DTN Morning Cotton Commentary          11/21 08:31

   Cotton Extends Prior Day's Strong Gains

   December led the advance ahead of first notice day. U.S. cotton harvest 
reached 74% completed, up from 66% a year ago and the five-year average of 72%. 
Cash online sales quickened to 29,988 bales on The Seam.

By Duane Howell
DTN Cotton Correspondent

   Cotton futures traded higher on brisk early dealings Tuesday, extending the 
prior day's strong gains as December headed the advance. 

   December hovered up 56 points to 71.93 cents, near the high of its 102-point 
range from 70.99 to 72.01 cents on a contract volume of 1,505 lots. First 
notice day is Friday, which will be an abbreviated trading session following 
the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. 

   Most-active March ticked up 13 points to 70.98 cents, trading within an 
83-point range from 70.33 to 71.16 cents on a hefty turnover for this time of 
day of 7,146 lots. 

   In outside markets, U.S. dollar index futures traded up 0.015 to 94.010, 
while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures ticked up 103 points and S&P futures 
up 8.75 points amid upbeat reports from some retailers. 

   West Texas Intermediate crude oil gained 23 cents to $56.55, Brent crude 
dipped 2 cents to $62.20 and December gold slipped $1 to $1,276.30. December 
corn was down 0.43%, January soybeans 0.2%, December Chicago wheat 0.18% and 
December Kansas City wheat 0.12%. 

   Asian stocks closed higher, up 0.7% in Japan's Nikkei, 1.91% in Hong Kong's 
Hang Seng, 0.12% in South Korea's Kospi and 0.55% in China's Shanghai Composite 
Index. India's Sensex was up 0.36%. European shares were trading higher, up 
0.35% in Britain's FTSE 100, 0.95% in Germany's DAX and 0.8% in France's CAC 
40. 

   China's Zhengzhou cotton futures settled mostly higher and prices ended with 
gains on the China National Cotton Exchange. India's S-6 cotton price held 
steady as arrivals continued to rise. 

   Meanwhile, U.S. cotton harvesting again advanced at a 10 percentage point 
clip to reach 74% completed for the week ended Sunday, up from 66% a year ago 
and the five-year average of 72%, USDA's progress report showed Monday, up four 
points and two points, respectively, from a week earlier. 

   The Texas crop was 67% harvested, up from 55% a week earlier, 46% a year ago 
and 60% on average. Producers reported high humidity slowed the harvest in the 
High and Rolling Plains and the Edwards Plateau. 

   Harvesting also topped the five-year averages by eight points at 78% 
completed in Georgia, four points at 94% in Missouri, nine points at 84% in 
North Carolina, 10 points at 82% in South Carolina and a point at 85% in 
Virginia. 

   Progress lagged the averages by 12 points at 73% completed in Alabama, a 
point each at 98% in Arkansas and 97% in Mississippi, 18 points at 75% in 
California, three points at 60% in Oklahoma and two points at 81% in Tennessee. 
And it was even at 62% in Arizona and 100% in Louisiana. 

   In ICE cotton futures Monday, March surged through buy stops and settled at 
70.85 cents, just above the midpoint (70.76) of the 963-point range for 2017 
from the contract high at 75.57 on March 20 to the July 14 low at 65.94. March 
closed on a new high finish since Sept. 11. 

   The inverted December-March switch traded between 27 and 67 points and 
widened nine points to close at a 52-point December premium on a volume of 
6,530 lots. March-May traded between 95 and 55 points of carry and narrowed 18 
points to settle at a 76-point May premium on 7,211 lots. May-July's settlement 
difference narrowed 17 points to a 36-point July premium. 

   Cash online trading quickened to 29,988 bales from 24,820 bales on The Seam. 
Prices averaged 68.84 cents, up from 67.28 cents, reflecting premiums over loan 
rates of 17.02 cents, up from 15.99 cents. Offerings were 60,189 bales. 

   Grower-to-business sales of 28,457 bales brought an average price of 68.82 
cents, while business-to-business sales of 1,531 cents sold for an average of 
69.19 cents a pound. Staples 35 and more accounted for 24,843 of the G2B sales 
and 1,230 bales of the B2B sales. 

   The Cotlook A Index of world values gained 25 points to 80.05 cents, 
widening the premium over the prior-day March futures settlement eight points 
to 10.70 cents. The index premium over the AWP for the week ending Thursday 
widened to 18.68 cents. 


(KA)

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