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General Comments: Futures were lower as some beneficial rains feel in the southern US. The chart trends are mixed on the daily charts. Rains in some of the Texas growing areas have improved planting conditions and initial growth ideas are strong. The passage of the Covid 19 stimulus package by Congress weakened the US Dollar and helped promote better demand ideas. USDA cut ending stocks slightly by cutting production and also domestic demand. USDA said that the domestic industry was slow to rebound after the Coronavirus kept many at home. The demand for US Cotton in the export market has been strong even with the Coronavirus and the strong demand could continue as USDA also cut Brazil production due to reduced planted area this year. The US Dollar has started to firm recently and could be hurting demand. The US stock market has been generally firm to help support ideas of a better economy here and potentially increased demand for Cotton products.
Overnight News: The Delta will get scattered showers today, then dry conditions and above normal temperatures and Southeast will get scattered showers and below normal temperatures. Texas will have scattered showers today, then mostly dry conditions and near to below temperatures. The USDA average price is now 81.90 ct/lb. ICE said that certified stocks are now 99,706 bales, from 99,706 bales yesterday. USDA said that net weekly Upland Cotton export sales were 437,700 bales this year and 143,300 bales next year. Net Pima sales were 7,000 bales this year and 0 bales next year.
Chart Trends: Trends in Cotton are mixed. Support is at 8560, 8460, and 8380 May, with resistance of 8820, 9010 and 9130 May.
General Comments: FCOJ closed lower and gave back much of the gains seen earlier in the week. It was a disappointing day for the bulls but the weekly charts are still showing a completed bottom formation. Moderate temperatures are expected for Florida this week. The weather in Florida is good with a few showers to promote good tree health and fruit formation. Showers are falling in Brazil now and crop conditions are called good even with drier than normal soils. Mexican crop conditions in central and southern areas are called good with rains, but earlier dry weather might have hurt production. It is dry in northern and western Mexican growing areas.
Overnight News: Florida should get mostly dry conditions. Temperatures will average near to above normal. Brazil should get scattered showers and near to above normal temperatures. ICE said that 0 notices were posted today for March delivery and that total deliveries for the month are now 0 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in FCOJ are mixed. Support is at 113.00, 111.00, and 109.00 May, with resistance at 120.00, 122.00, and 124.00 May.
General Comments: Futures were higher in London and lower in New York in consolidation trading. New York charts appear ready to turn its trends up. London is still more of a sideways pattern. Cash market buyers are not buying that much Coffee these days. Vietnam producers have not sold since the Tet holiday but are expected to start selling soon. There are reports of good weather in Vietnam for the harvest. Indonesia has had good weather but has little coffee to sell now. Brazil was dry for flowering and initial fruit development. Rains have been falling that should be very beneficial but it is turning drier again now. Central America is also drier for harvesting but production might have been reduced due to very wet conditions during the growing season. Good growing conditions are reported in Colombia and Peru. Africa is also noting good growing conditions.
Overnight News: ICE certified stocks are higher today at 1.845 million bags. The ICO daily average price is now 123.11 ct/lb. Brazil will get scattered showers with near to above normal temperatures. Dry conditions return for Sunday. Central America will get scattered showers or dry conditions. Vietnam will see mostly dry conditions. ICE said that 3 notices were posted for delivery against March contracts and that total deliveries for the month are now 517 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed. Support is at 130.00, 127.00, and 124.00 May, and resistance is at 135.00, 137.00 and 140.00 May. Trends in London are mixed. Support is at 1380, 1360, and 1330 May, and resistance is at 1420, 1450, and 1460 May.
General Comments: New York and London closed lower on a weaker Brazilian Real and good Brazilian growing conditions. The chart trends are mostly sideways in both markets on the daily charts, but mostly down on the weekly charts. The market appears to be searching for a new source of demand to complement the traditional buying. Reports indicate that industrial users of Sugar have been the most active consumers. Rains were reported again in Brazil. It has been raining in south central Brazil and the production of cane is looking solid for the next harvest. Production has been hurt due to dry weather earlier in the year. India is producing less Sugar and more Ethanol.
Overnight News: Brazil will get scattered showers, then dry conditions on Sunday. Temperatures should average near to above normal.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed. Support is at 1580, 1550, and 1510 May, and resistance is at 1650, 1670, and 1700 May. Trends in London are mixed. Support is at 451.00, 446.00, and 440.00 May, and resistance is at 468.00, 477.00, and 485.00 May.
General Comments: New York and London both closed lower on what appeared to be follow through speculative selling. Futures seem to be factoring in the large supply against weaker demand at this time. The main crop harvest has started in Nigeria and will soon spread to Ivory Coast and Ghana. Demand should improve as the Covid vaccinations get administered and as at least some governments around the world invest in fiscal stimulus on their economies. Production appears to be good this year and the supply surplus is growing.
Overnight News: Scattered showers are forecast for West Africa. Temperatures will be near to above normal. Malaysia and Indonesia should see showers. Temperatures should average above normal. Brazil will get mostly dry conditions and near to above normal temperatures. ICE certified stocks are higher today at 4.106 million bags. ICE said that 0 contracts were delivered against March futures and that total deliveries for the month are now 1,897 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed to down with objectives of 2470, 2380, and 2340 May. Support is at 2510, 2470, and 2460 May, with resistance at 2570, 2630, and 2670 May. Trends in London are mixed to down with objectives of 1680 and 1530 May. Support is at 1680, 1660, and 1630 May, with resistance at 1770, 1800, and 1820 May.