July 25, 2012 / 6:47 PM / 5 years ago

NY cotton ends near 1-month low on technical sales

 * December drops below 50-day moving average
 * Sell stops triggered
 * Market awaits weekly USDA export sales data
 NEW YORK, July 25 (Reuters) - Cotton futures closed down and near a
one-month low Wednesday on speculative sales spurred by a drop below a technical
level, brokers said.
 The benchmark December cotton contract on ICE Futures U.S. fell 1.52
cents or 2.1 percent to end at 69.51 cents per lb, trading from 69.40 to 71.70
cents. That was the lowest settlement for the contract in almost a month,
Thomson Reuters data showed.
 Volume traded on Wednesday amounted to around 17,500 lots, about 50 percent
under the 30-day norm, Thomson Reuters data showed. 
 Sharon Johnson, senior cotton expert at Knight Futures in Atlanta, said the
December contract's decline under the 50-day moving average at 70.97 cents
triggered automatic sell orders in the market. 
 "There's just nothing there to hold it," she said.
 Outside markets were not dominant during the session. Stocks fell on weak
global economic data, but Brent was up and U.S. crude pared losses
 while soybean and wheat bounced from a 2-day drop. 
 Analysts said market participants were now awaiting the release of the U.S.
Agriculture Department's weekly export sales report on Thursday to gauge the
level of demand for cotton.
 On Friday, the market will digest the remarks of Joe Nicosia, president and
chief executive of Allenberg Cotton Co, the world's biggest cotton merchant.
Nicosia will be speaking at the Ag Market network. Allenberg is a wholly owned
unit of trading giant Louis Dreyfus. 
 Dreyfus is facing a lawsuit filed by a former trader of manipulating the
cotton market. The case is pending.
 Open interest, an indicator of investor interest in a market, went up for
the fifth session in a row to stand at 174,180 lots as of July 24, the exchange
said.     
 Volume traded on Tuesday amounted to 16,549 lots, according to ICE Futures
data.

 (Reporting by Rene Pastor; Editing by)
 

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