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   Cotton Awaits News, Any News

   The cotton market was fretfully lower Wednesday, along with so many other 

Keith Brown
DTN Contributing Cotton Analyst

   The cotton market was fretfully lower Wednesday, along with so many other 
markets. Traders are awaiting the outcome of the debt ceiling vote, which is 
scheduled for Wednesday in Washington. The bill faces tough opposition from 
both extremes of the political parties. A "no vote" could potentially send the 
financial and commodities markets sharply lower, while possibly surging the 
U.S. dollar higher.

   USDA's weekly exports-sales are delayed until Friday morning, due to the 
observance of Memorial Day holiday on Monday. Last week's sales were 131,000 
bales, off 1%, while shipments were 268,000, down 19%.

   Crude oil fell Wednesday amid a strong U.S. dollar and weak Chinese economic 
data. China's manufacturing activity contracted faster than expected in May, 
with its PMI down to 48.8 from 49.2 in April. The outcome lagged a forecast of 
49.4%. Also, additional selling pressure came as the U.S. dollar traded its 
highest in two months. This Friday's jobs data could further strengthen the 
Greenback, as strong payroll numbers should encourage the Federal Reserve to 
hike rates.

   The one- to five-day forecast calls for heavy rains across the Texas 
Panhandle. The six- to 10- and the eight- to 14-day outlooks hold above-normal 
chances for precipitation. However, the more extended 90-day outlook shows 
above-normal temperatures, with normal to below-normal rains.

   Wednesday, July settled at 83.48 cents, down 0.51 cent and December 2023 
ended at 79.47 cents, 0.74 cent lower. Estimated volume was 38,863 contracts.

   Keith Brown can be reached at

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