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The Cotton Club Letter - For Week Ending 12/2/2016

  Price Picture
Chart Source: Barchart.com

Trend Picture
Chart Source: Barchart.com

Nearby contract closed approximately 21 points lower
this week.

Managed money is net long.
Short-term, technical traders see possible support around 71
.00, possible resistance around 74.00.
The trend is up.

Mar-17 is at:   71.04        Volume = 16,718
May-17 is at:  71.53         Volume = 38,797
July-17 is at:   71.54        Volume = 14,302
Cotlook 'A' Index is at: 80.05

Cash Sales

Recently, on 1,750 bales traded, the trading platform TheSeam.com reported an average cash price of approximately: 66.70.
On the nearby contract, that puts the average basis at approximately-434 points.
Cash prices are averaging approximately 16.32 cents over loan value.

Stocks and Sales
ICE Certified Cotton Stocks = 22
US Net Upland Export Sales (2016/2017) = 202,300
     Vietnam was the big buyer at 84,600. 

Current World Balance Sheet (2016/2017)
Beginning Stocks: 96.91 (million 480 lb. bales)
Production: 103.28
Mill Use: 111.99
Ending Stocks: 88.31
Ending Stocks/Mill Use Ratio: 78.9

Current China Balance Sheet (2016/2017)
Beginning Stocks: 58.20 (million 480 lb. bales)
Production: 21.00
Mill Use: 35.50
Ending Stocks: 48.10
Ending Stocks/Mill Use Ratio: 135.5%

Current India Balance Sheet (2016/2017)

Beginning Stocks: 10.94 (million 480 lb. bales)
Production: 27.00
Mill Use: 24.00
Ending Stocks: 11.54
Ending Stocks/Mill Use Ratio: 48.1%

Current USA Balance Sheet (2016/2017)
Beginning Stocks: 3.8 (million 480 lb. bales)
Production: 16.16
Mill Use: 3.50
Ending Stocks: 4.50
Ending Stocks/Mill Use Ratio: 128.6%

Producer / Merchant
    Long:  21,436  (Contracts)
    Short: 199,016
Swap Dealers
    Long:  64,984
    Short:  3,383
Managed Money
    Long:  92,142
    Short:  8,855
Other Reportables
    Long:  34,754
    Short:  13,677

Cotton Club Letter Price Model:  Current Price Is Available By Subscription Only
regression model
, like the one located here can give insight into how prices, on average, would react given a change in one or more fundamental supply or demand factors. A proper interpretation of this price model would be: 

"Over the last number of years, if cotton supply and demand were at their current levels, we would - on average - expect the US price of cotton to be approximately:  X cents."

*Note - This model does not attempt to forecast the future direction or level of cotton prices. 

General View
Keep in mind that while this is a weekly letter, I can easily change my mind in 24 hours. 

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