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Jack Scoville

Jack Scoville is an often quoted market analyst in the grain and soft commodities sectors. You will find his commentary throughout the Reuters, Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, Bloomberg, and Barron's publications. Contact Mr. Scoville at (312) 264-4322

COTTON
General Comments: Futures were lower on weather concerns. News of another tropical system coming into the Southeast helped support futures prices. Elsa is going up the East Coast and the Southeast was threatened with big rains and perhaps some wind. The wind turned out to be a non event but there as a lot of rain in parts of the region. Most affected Cotton areas were in Georgia and the Carolinas. Cotton growing conditions have improved with rains reported in West Texas and less rain the Delta. Texas should get some showers this week. Some scattered showers are in the forecast in the Delta and Southeast but the Southeast is getting heavy rains today. Production ideas are being impacted in just about all areas due to the weather extremes.
Overnight News: The Delta will get scattered showers and near to below normal temperatures and Southeast will get scattered showers and near to below normal temperatures. Texas will have scattered showers and below normal temperatures. The USDA average price is now 83.22 ct/lb. ICE said that certified stocks are now 119,910 bales, from 119,966 bales yesterday. ICE said that 0 notices were posted for July delivery and that total deliveries for the month are now 115 contracts. USDA said that net Upland Cotton export sales were 52,100 bales his year and 177,000 bales next year. Net Pima sales were 5,400 bales this year and 0 bales next year.
Chart Trends: Trends in Cotton are mixed. Support is at 8590, 8470, and 8400 December, with resistance of 8790, 8830 and 8930 December.

WASDE Trade Estimates from Bloomberg News:
2021-22: Avg Low High June Avg vs Prior
US Production 17.29 16.60 18.50 17.00 0.288
US Exports 14.89 14.50 15.50 14.80 0.090
US End Stocks 3.04 1.95 4.50 2.90 0.140
World Production 119.30 117.90 121.50 118.87 0.432
World Consumption 122.49 122.00 123.00 122.54 -0.048
World End Stocks 89.86 88.40 91.97 89.30 0.559

FCOJ
General Comments: FCOJ closed higher in very quiet trading as a tropical system passed very close to the west coast of Florida but did no damage to Citrus. Elsa passed by Florida yesterday, but there were no damaging winds from the system. The state got excessive rainfall in some areas, but mostly away from Citrus areas. A big storm could threaten trees and fruit. Brazil is reported to be in good condition, but dry. It has been cold but any damage is called minor. Mexican crop conditions in central and southern areas are called good with rains, but earlier dry weather might have hurt production. Northern and western Mexico are getting some rains and conditions are rated mostly good. Some areas have had too much rain..
Overnight News: Florida should get scattered showers with heavy amounts today. Temperatures will average near normal. Brazil should get mostly dry conditions and near normal temperatures. ICE said that 0 notices were posted for delivery against July contracts and that total deliveries for the month are now 0 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in FCOJ are up with objectives of 131.00 September. Support is at 122.00, 121.00, and 120.00 September, with resistance at 128.00, 130.00, and 132.00 September.

COFFEE
General Comments: New York and London both closed higher again yesterday on what appeared to be some speculative buying. There were more reports of cold weather in Brazil last week that did little damage to Coffee. Temperatures are now warmer and there are no forecasts for damaging cold for a while. Asian Coffee areas are dry, especially in Southeast Asia. The move in New York comes as the Brazil crop is coming to the market. The offers are starting to increase as the Arabica harvest is expanding in Brazil. The Robusta harvest is active in Brazil as well. Good conditions are reported in northern South America and good conditions reported in Central America. Colombia is having trouble exporting Coffee due to protests inside the country. Conditions are reported to be generally good in Asia and Africa although Southeast Asia is turning drier.
Overnight News: ICE certified stocks are higher today at 2.163 million bags. The ICO daily average price is now 138.80 ct/lb. Brazil will get mostly dry conditions with near normal temperatures. Central America will get scattered showers. Vietnam will see scattered showers. ICE said that 0 contracts were posted for delivery today against NY July futures and that total deliveries for the month are now 434 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed. Support is at 147.00, 146.00, and 143.00 September, and resistance is at 155.00, 158.00 and 160.00 September. Trends in London are mixed. Support is at 1660, 1620, and 1600 September, and resistance is at 1730, 1760, and 1790 September.

SUGAR
General Comments: New York and London were lower again as Brazil temperatures have moderated. It was cold enough to damage Sugarcane crops in the central south of Brazil, but ideas are that most of the crop survived and is in good condition. Warmer temperatures are reported now. Mills were also processing for more Ethanol and less for Sugar than expected and this trend should continue with higher world petroleum prices. London has been the leader to the downside on ample supplies of White Sugar available to the market. There is plenty of White Sugar available in India for the market and monsoon rains are promoting good conditions for the next crop. Thailand is expecting improved production. Sugar demand is said to be weak. Ethanol demand is returning to the market as more world economies open up after the pandemic.
Overnight News: Brazil will get mostly dry conditions. Temperatures should average near to above normal.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed to down with objectives of 1710 and 1540 October. Support is at 1730, 1700, and 1690 October, and resistance is at 1790, 1820, and 1850 October. Trends in London are down with objectives of 453.00 and 438.00 October. Support is at 450.00, 445.00, and 440.00 October, and resistance is at 470.00, 477.00, and 482.00 October.

COCOA
General Comments: New York and London closed lower once again on follow through selling. The daily charts still show down trends in New York and in London. Ports in West Africa are filled with Cocoa right now as demand remains lackluster. The weather has had above average rains in West Africa and crop conditions are rated good. European demand has been slow and demand ideas in general are weak. The supplies are there for any increased demand. The next round of quarterly grind data will be released next week and the data should show increased demand.
Overnight News: Isolated 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 lower today at 5.778 million bags. ICE said that 2 contracts were posted for July delivery and that total deliveries for the month are now 269 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are down with objectives of 2220 September. Support is at 2270, 2240, and 2210 September, with resistance at 2340, 2370, and 2410 September. Trends in London are down with objectives of 1550 September. Support is at 1570, 1540, and 1510 September, with resistance at 1620, 1640, and 1650 September.

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