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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: Cotton was lower yesterday and the trends remain sideways. The trade is still worried about demand moving forward due to recession fears and Chinese lockdowns but is also worried about total US production potential. Chinese economic data for July was released and kept reasons for worry about Chinese demand alive. The Chinese had been reopening the economy and country lately as Covid faded, but some reports of a new variant found there could shut the country down again in the near term. The quarantine is one week now instead of one month as before. The cities of Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Wuhan are all subject to lockdowns of one type or another. It is possible that the continued Chinese lockdowns will continue to hurt demand for imported Cotton for that country and that a weaker economy in the west will hurt demand from the rest of the world. Current weather forecasts call for hot and dry conditions for much of the Great Plains including west Texas Cotton area. Crop conditions will continue to suffer.
Overnight News: The Delta will get isolated showers and near to above normal temperatures and Southeast will get scattered showers and near to above normal temperatures. Texas will have mostly dry conditions and above normal temperatures. The USDA average price is now 104.93 ct/lb. ICE said that certified stocks are now 4,582 bales, from 5,813 bales yesterday.
Chart Trends: Trends in Cotton are mixed. Support is at 92.10, 88.80, and 88.10 December, with resistance of 97.60, 98.50 and 100.80 December.

Crop Progress
Date 31-Jul 24-Jul 2021 Avg
Cotton Squaring 89 80 81 87
Cotton Setting Bolls 58 48 48 50
Crop Condition
Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
Cotton This Week 15 13 34 32 6
Cotton Last Week 15 15 36 29 5
Cotton Last Year 1 7 32 49 11

FCOJ
General Comments: FCOJ was slightly lower and trends are still up on the daily and weekly charts. A price recovery has started as the harvest winds down. The recent market strength has been dramatic since the market made new contract highs earlier this month. The weather remains generally good for production around the world for the next crop. Brazil has some rain and conditions are rated good. Weather conditions in Florida are rated mostly good for the crops with some showers and warm temperatures.
Overnight News: Florida should get scattered showers. Temperatures will average near normal. Brazil should get mostly dry conditions and near to above normal temperatures.
Chart Trends: Trends in FCOJ are up with no objectives. Support is at 168.00, 165.00, and 162.00 September, with resistance at 175.00, 179.00, and 181.00 September.

COFFEE
General Comments: New York and London were lower on speculative selling tied once again to fears about the world economic health and what it could mean for word Coffee consumption. Some speculative long liquidation was noted and there appeared to be new speculative selling as well.. Trends are mixed on the daily charts in both markets. Certified stocks keep dropping but GCA stocks are holding strong. Demand for Coffee overall is thought to be less but the cash market remains strong. There is less Coffee on offer from origin, with Brazil offering less and Central America and Vietnam offering less as well. The weather in Brazil is good for Coffee production and any harvest activities. Temperatures are above normal in Brazil and conditions are mostly dry. The dry weather is raising some concerns about the next crop potential but it is normally dry at this time of year.
Overnight News: ICE certified stocks are about unchanged today at 0.700 million bags. The ICO daily average price is now 189.51 ct/lb. Brazil will get mostly dry conditions with above normal temperatures. Central America will get scattered showers. Vietnam will see scattered showers.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed to up with objectives of 237.00 and 248.00 September. Support is at 210.00, 203.00, and 195.00 September, and resistance is at 222.00, 226.00 and 228.00 September. Trends in London are up with objectives of 2050, 2110, and 2900 September. Support is at 2010, 1980, and 1940 September, and resistance is at 2060, 2090, and 2110 September.

SUGAR
General Comments: New York closed slightly higher and London closed a little lower in consolidation trading. The New York market is worried that the lack of clarity about ethanol demand in Brazil will force mills down there to produce more Sugar for export. The London market had been looking for increased supplies from origin and now is more worried about demand after recent price strength. Trends are mixed in New York and mixed in London. Brazil is reported to have a big crop of Sugarcane coming and as it is harvesting its crop of Sugarcane and turning much of it into Ethanol but is still making some Sugar and some of that Sugar is making it into export channels. The production mix could change in the short term to include more Sugar. Reports from India indicated that conditions are generally good for Sugar production. Monsoon rains have been good in India this year.
Overnight News: Brazil will get mostly dry conditions. Temperatures should average above normal. India will get isolated showers in eastern areas and near to above normal temperatures.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed. Support is at 1730, 1720, and 1710 October and resistance is at 1780, 1800, and 1820 October. Trends in London are mixed. Support is at 517.00, 515.00, and 508.00 October and resistance is at 532.00, 545.00, and 553.00 October.

COCOA
General Comments: New York and London were a little higher yesterday after holding above recent lows. Supplies of Cocoa are as large as they will be now for the rest of the marketing year but the market is trying to hold the recent lows. Trends are mixed in both markets. Reports of sun and dry weather along with very good soil moisture from showers keep big production ideas alive in Ivory Coast. Ideas are still that good production is expected from West Africa for the year. The weather is good in Southeast Asia.
Overnight News: Isolated showers are forecast for West Africa. Temperatures will be near normal. Malaysia and Indonesia should see scattered showers. Temperatures should average above normal. Brazil will get mostly dry conditions and near normal temperatures. ICE certified stocks are higher today at 5.547 million bags.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed. Support is at 2290, 2240, and 2200 September, with resistance at 2380, 2410, and 2420 September. Trends in London are mixed. Support is at 1690, 1680, and 1650 September, with resistance at 1740, 1770, and 1780 September.

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