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DTN Closing Cotton            01/17 13:56

   Cotton Ends Sharply Higher 

   The cotton market concluded its Friday session with triple-digit gains. 

By Keith Brown
DTN Cotton Correspondent

   The cotton market concluded its Friday session with triple-digit gains. 
Speculators were definite buyers as they continued to add to their long 
positions. This notion of speculative buying originates with the rise in open 
interest. That is, a generally accepted principle in trading says when price 
and open interest rise together, it is reflective of new longs entering the 
market.

   This week saw some very supportive fundamental news unfold in the market. 
There was the phase one deal with China, the passage of the USMCA, NAFTA's 
replacement, a strong weekly exports-sales repor, and the Dow Jones stoutly 
above 29,000-plus. Yet, for the week, the cotton market ended six points lower 
than last Friday's settlement.  

   The market is closed on Monday in observance of the MLK Holiday. Trading 
will reopen this Monday night at 9 p.m. That delay will push weekly 
exports-sales back to Friday. 

   For Friday, March cotton closed at 71.25 cents, up 1.03 cents, July ended at 
73.06 cents, up 0.98 cent and December finished at 72.37 cents, up 0.48 cent. 
Estimated volume was 32,285 contracts traded. 

   Keith Brown can be reached at commodityconsults@gmail.com or by calling 
(229) 890-7780. 


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