March 1, 2012 / 7:47 PM / 6 years ago

NY cotton ends lower on investor sales

 * USDA export report weighs on cotton futures
 * Mill buying seen at market lows
 NEW YORK, March 1 (Reuters) - Cotton futures settled
lower Thursday as it declined for the second straight session as
technically inspired investor sales kept the market on the
defensive, analysts said.	
 Benchmark May cotton on ICE Futures U.S. dropped 0.77
cent to conclude at 89.67 cents per lb, trading from 89.46 to
91.49 cents. 	
 Volume traded Thursday was around 17,100 lots, about 30
percent below the 30-day average, preliminary Thomson Reuters
data showed. 	
 "Cotton's got some demons," said Keith Brown, president of
commodity firm Keith Brown and Co in Moultrie, Georgia.	
 The inability of May to race past the 93 and 94 cents area
of resistance sparked another round of investor liquidation in
the market, he said. Some mill buying emerged at the market's
session low, traders said.	
 Some players were also discouraged by news that U.S. upland
cotton sales in the weekly U.S. Agriculture Department export
sales report were down 57 percent from the previous week at
76,200 running bales (RBs, 500-lbs each).	
 Brown added the market will still take its cues from the
performance of global stocks, gold, crude and the grains market
in the coming weeks. 	
 "We're watching them (all)," he said.	
 Analysts said with the report out of the way, the market
will turn its focus to the next USDA monthly supply/demand
report due out March 9.	
 At the end of March, the USDA will then release its keenly
awaited potential plantings report.	
 Open interest in cotton, an indicator of investor exposure,
rose for a fourth session to 172,767 lots as of Feb. 29, from
the previous session's 171,632 lots, ICE Futures U.S. data
showed. 	
	
 (Reporting by Rene Pastor; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)	
 

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