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Cotton futures end lower, despite surprise US crop downgrade

The US, noting hurricane damage, cuts hopes for domestic cotton output. Still, global data, and a corn price tumble, quash a rally in futures

Hedge funds make positive shift in ag bets, led by sugar
Speculators cut sharply short positions in ags - notably in soyoil, and in sugar in which they turn their most upbeat on prices in 14 months
Hedge funds wrong-footed by soyoil, sugar, wheat price rebounds
Hedge funds return to extending bearish positioning on ags - just ahead of price recoveries in many markets. Will coffee be next to catch them out?
ANZ downbeat on wheat, corn, cotton prices
The bank, citing China reforms and weight of supplies, cuts corn and wheat price forecasts to levels below the futures curve. Cotton is "overbought"
Hedge funds end bearish ag spree, after US corn downgrade
Lowered hopes for the US corn crop spur funds to return to a net long in grains. But in coffee, they take their most bearish stance in two years
Chinese cotton imports slump, but futures prices rise
Imports of the fibre reached their lowest level for at least ten years in August, as Chinese demand retreats
Hedge funds extend selldown on ags - despite sugar buyback
Hedge funds, in a rare move, turn net long on raw sugar. But the shift is more than offset by a selldown on grains, with corn and wheat targeted
Cotton futures sent swinging by contrary crop data
Cotton futures jump 3%, only to end flat, after the US unveils a lower-than-expected figure for domestic stocks - but warns on world demand
Cotton markets to stay rangebound, eyes on Chinese stockpiles
The cost of supporting China's mountain of stockpiled cotton may force government action, says analyst Judith Ganes-Chase
SocGen slaps 'buy' on corn and cotton futures
... and is upbeat over coffee prices too, for now. But it cuts hopes for soybean futures, citing a weak Brazilian real, and is mixed on wheat
China cotton demand to rise for first time in six years
China's cotton consumption, down 32% from a record high, will revive a little this season. Still, that does not bode any better for imports
Hedge funds extend bearish ag spree to longest in a year
Hedge funds cut their net long in the main US-traded ags for a seventh week. Cotton and wheat are out of favour, but sentiment on sugar sweetens
China to turn net cotton, wheat exporter - but coffee imports to boom
The major commodity consuming country will by 2020 see sharp differences in its trade pattern of ags, from palm oil to coffee, says Barclays
Did US export data warrant sharp fall in cotton futures?

Not all investors put a negative spin on a negative reading for US cotton export sales. Still, the figure is not the only factor in play...

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