Increase in lint demand of all grades pushes prices firm
KARACHI: Buying at lint market in Sindh and Punjab stations remained firm with improved physical price while buyers also consolidated their long positions making forward deals for all grade, traders said. The buyers for immediate needs made selective deals, traders at Karachi Cotton Association (KCA) said on Tuesday. Improving demand for all grades in Punjab and Sindh stations kept the physical prices of lint in the comfort zone while KCA kept the spot at Rs 5,350 per maund in order to provide support to raw grade sellers for getting better prices, floor brokers said. In Sindh physical buying remained steady while forward deals for a month period changed hands between buyers and sellers at Rs 5,425 per maund to Rs 5,450 per maund, floor brokers said. The buyers made deals for all grades to cater immediate need while ginning units produced second grade stuff more than 9,900 bales, said floor brokers. Availability of fine grade in some stations of Punjab and Sindh remained thin however it fetched better price at around Rs 5,750 per maund to Rs 5,775 per maund. Leading and general buyers kept their eyes on better grades and physical trading volumes in third grade remained dull, floor brokers said. Any upward revision in spot rate would provide better returns to growers withholding low grades and this would also help to boost overall prices especially of lower grades, said Shakeel Ahmad an analyst. During the trading session, spinners in Punjab and Sindh stations made deals for all grades besides mills purchased all grades at around Rs 5,250 per maund to Rs 5,325 per maund, floor brokers said. General buyers made deals for all grades on competitive prices at around Rs 4,975 per maund to Rs 5,050 per maund while buyers with less liquidity made deals in all grades in Punjab and Sindh stations at around Rs 4,975 per maund depending on trash level, traders said. More than 1,800 bales changed hands with more than 65 percent of Punjab’s share in trading. New York December 2015 Futures stood at around 62 cents per pound and Cotlook A index was hovering around 70 cents per pound.