Lint price remains steady with fine grade in focus
KARACHI: Buyers remained eager for fine grade of lint in the market that kept physical prices firm while buyers also made forward deals for a month period for all grades, traders at the Karachi Cotton Association (KCA) said on Wednesday. KCA kept the spot rate intact at Rs 5,400 per maund in order to provide support to stakeholders of raw grade to ward off minimal price level, said floor brokers.
During the trading session, mills in Sindh and Punjab stations purchased all grades while spinners for blended purpose made deals for fine lots on slightly higher price. Traders offered all grades of lint on bargaining rates at around Rs 4,975 per maund to Rs 5,600 per maund in order to capitalise maximum returns on their proceeds, floor brokers said. The buyers with less liquidity made deals according to their immediate need of lint on back of grade issue and in anticipation of decline in spot rate, they added.
Mills in Sindh and Punjab stations also made forward deals on competitive price at around Rs 5,050 per maund to Rs 5,500 per maund while general buyers made deals for all grades in Punjab and Sindh stations at around Rs 4,975 per maund to Rs 5,150 per maund, traders said. The textile sector is in need of fine grades, that would put positive impact on prices besides its market valuation, said Shakeel Ahmad a fibre analyst. The growers are watchful and talking all measures to save standing crop from possible virus attack as current weather in cotton growing belts in Sindh and Punjab remained foggy and wet. In major parts of Sindh and Punjab stations buyers made forward deals for all grades for a month period at around Rs 4,975 per maund to Rs 5,100 per maund.
More than 200 bales changed hands with more than 65 percent of Punjab’s share in trading during trading.
New York March 2016 Futures stood at around 62.93 cents per pound, May Futures were 63.20 cents per pound and Cotlook A index was hovering around 71 cents per pound.