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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 closed a little higher again yesterday in range trading. USDA showed good but not great sales over the last few weeks when the data was finally updated yesterday. The late season weather in the Great Plains was better and the crop showed improvement. An increase in export volumes was noted by USDA because of the increased production, but the supply increase was bigger than the demand increase and ending stocks estimates increased. The harvest is coming and the market is preparing for it with sideways to lower prices. 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. The Chinese quarantine is one week now instead of one month as before. 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.
Overnight News: The Delta will get mostly dry conditions and near to above normal temperatures and Southeast will get mostly dry conditions and near normal temperatures. Texas will have mostly dry conditions and above normal temperatures. The USDA average price is now 106.10 ct/lb. ICE said that certified stocks are now 4,552 bales, from 4,552 bales yesterday.
Chart Trends: Trends in Cotton are mixed. Support is at 101.20, 99.50, and 97.60 December, with resistance of 106.00, 108.70 and 111.00 December.

DJ On-Call Cotton – Sep 15
As of Sep 9. On-call positions represent spot cotton sold to or
purchased from a merchant, based on New York cotton futures contracts
of 500-pound bales. Prices are not yet fixed against these contracts.
Source: CFTC
*-denotes changes from the previous week are based on revised data from
last week.
Call Previous Change Call Previous Change
Sales Purchases
Oct 22 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dec 22 53,729 56,332 -2,603 19,093 19,517 -424
Mar 23 13,942 13,215 727 3,288 3,284 4
May 23 8,080 7,854 226 239 151 88
Jul 23 15,482 15,218 264 362 266 96
Dec 23 7,087 6,521 566 14,141 14,153 -12
Mar 24 309 309 0 0 0 0
May 24 395 395 0 0 0 0
Jul 24 415 415 0 220 220 0
Dec 24 0 0 0 444 437 7
Mar 25 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 99,439 100,259 -820 37,787 38,028 -241
Open Open Change
Int Int
Oct 22 72 86 -14
Dec 22 111,380 114,871 -3,491
Mar 23 46,299 45,897 402
May 23 18,042 17,979 63
Jul 23 12,666 12,230 436
Dec 23 19,877 20,012 -135
Mar 24 2,049 2,038 11
May 24 223 223 0
Jul 24 116 116 0
Dec 24 142 142 0
Mar 25 18 18 0
Total 210,884 213,612 -2,728

FCOJ
General Comments: FCOJ was a little higher yesterday in range trading. USDA issued a lower production estimate for California oranges, but California oranges are mostly used for fresh consumption and not for juice. USDA increased the Florida production estimate to 41.1 million boxes, from 41.0 million last month. The weather remains generally good for production around the world for the next crop. Brazil has some rain and conditions are rated good. It has been dry recently in Sao Paulo but apparently not dry enough to affect the trees or fruit all that much. Weather conditions in Florida are rated mostly good for the crops with some showers and warm temperatures. It has been dry in Brazil. Mexican areas are showing mixed trends, with dry weather in some northern areas but better weather to the south. FCOJ inventories are now 39.8% less than a year ago.
Overnight News: Florida should get scattered showers. Temperatures will average near normal. Brazil should get mostly dry conditions and near to above normal temperatures. ICE said that 0 notices were posted for delivery against September contracts and that total deliveries for the month are now 0 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in FCOJ are mixed to down with no objectives. Support is at 16700, 165.00, and 162.00 November, with resistance at 173.00, 175.00, and 178.00 November.

COFFEE
General Comments: New York and London were a little higher yesterday in consolidation trading after the big move lower earlier in the week. Better offers in Arabica are reported from Brazil. Robusta shipments were down sharply and overall Coffee exports were less. There is concern that Brazil will produce less Coffee this year due to very dry conditions after early rains led to premature flowering. The forecasts call for some light and isolated to scattered showers in the region for this weekend. Vietnam has also been dry and wire reports from there indicate that production losses are likely. 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 mostly 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 lower today at 0.563 million bags. GCA stocks are now 6.450 million bagds, from 6.223 million last month. The ICO daily average price is now 198.26 ct/lb. Brazil will get mostly dry conditions with near to above normal temperatures. Central America will get scattered showers. Vietnam will see scattered showers. ICE NY said that 0 contracts were posted for delivery against September futures and that total deliveries for the month are now 1,493 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are down with objectives of 206.00 December. Support is at 213.00, 210.00, and 205.00 December, and resistance is at 221.00, 224.00 and 231.00 December. Trends in London are mixed to down with objectives of 2380 and 2320 November. Support is at 2220, 2200, and 2150 November, and resistance is at 2270, 2300, and 2350 November.

SUGAR
General Comments: New York closed a little lower and London was higher yesterday but both markets remain in a trading range. Reports from UNICA indicated increased cane processing and increased Sugar in the production mix at the expense of Ethanol. The New York market is worried that the lack of clarity about ethanol demand in Brazil will force mills down there to continue to produce more Sugar for export. The Brazilian president has lowered the fuel taxes in Brazil and this is squeezing the profit margins of the mills. The mills could produce much more Sugar over time due to the tax changes. The London market had been looking for increased supplies from origin and now is more worried about demand after recent price strength. Indian exporters are waiting for the government to announce its export policy for the coming year. The government is expected to announce a first tranche of 5.0 million tons for the export market in the next few days.
Overnight News: Brazil will get isolated showers. Temperatures should average near to 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 1760, 1740, and 1710 March and resistance is at 1830, 1850, and 1860 March. Trends in London are mixed. Support is at 533.00, 530.00, and 527.00 December and resistance is at 548.00, 559.00, and 566.00 December.

COCOA
General Comments: New York and London were both higher despite ideas of big production and uncertain demand kept the markets in a sideways trend at best. Trends are mixed in both markets but the price action overall has been weak. Reports indicate that buyers of Cocoa have enough coverage for now and can afford to wait for lower prices to develop. Supplies of Cocoa are as large as they will be now for the rest of the marketing year. Reports of scattered showers 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 for harvest activities in West Africa but the harvest should be winding down now. The weather is good in Southeast Asia. Ivory Coast arrivals are now 59,000 tons, up 9.2% from last year.
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 5.667 million bags. ICE NY said that 0 notices were posted for delivery against September contracts and that total deliveries for the month are now 2,695 contracts.
Chart Trends: Trends in New York are mixed. Support is at 2300, 2280, and 2250 December, with resistance at 2400, 2430, and 2450 December. Trends in London are mixed. Support is at 1840, 1820, and 1800 December, with resistance at 1880, 1900, and 1930 December.

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