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Cotton futures fell Wednesday in a late-day selloff, tracking losses in the larger commodity complex but remaining well within the prior session's range due to cautious dealings ahead of US export data set for release Thursday.

The fluctuations observed during the day:

Cotton futures recovered from a three-week low on Tuesday as the price dip sparked mill buying and stop-loss orders exaggerated gains. The most-active December cotton contract on ICE Futures U.S. rose 0.5 cent, or 0.8 percent, to settle at 62.79 cents a lb after dipping to 62.10 cents, the weakest level for the contract since early October. Prices jumped as much as 2.2 percent on buy-stops.
The fluctuations observed during the day:

Cotton futures dropped on Monday, down for a fifth straight session, on worries over waning demand in China, the world's top textile market. The benchmark December cotton contract on ICE Futures US closed down 0.71 cent, or 1.1 percent, at 62.29 cents a lb after hitting 62.23 cents, the weakest for the front month in three weeks. "Harvest is coming, and we have a demand problem," said Jack Scoville, a vice president at Price Futures Group in Chicago, noting falling demand in top consumer China.
The fluctuations observed during the day:

West African cotton output is forecast to jump over 19 percent to 2,570,000 tonnes for the 2014/15 season as high government-fixed prices attract growers back to the sector, data compiled by Reuters showed on Thursday. Before a market crash in the early 2000s, the seven top cotton-producing countries in the region had accounted for about 15 percent of the world's cotton exports.


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