Lint price remains strong on better demand

KARACHI: Buyers remained eager for better grade that kept physical prices steady while buyers made deals for better grade on slightly higher price, 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 weak holders of raw grade to ward off minimal price level, said floor brokers. During the trading session, spinners in Sindh and Punjab stations bought all grades while traders offered all grades of lint on bargaining rates at around Rs 4,950 per maund to Rs 5,475 per maund in order to capitalise maximum returns on their proceeds, floor brokers said.

Leading buyers 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 purchased fine grades on competitive price at around Rs 5,575 per maund to Rs 5,600 per maund while general buyers made deals for all grades in Punjab and Sindh stations at around Rs 4,975 per maund to Rs 5,175 per maund, traders said.

The textile sector is facing dearth of fine grades, that would put positive impact on prices besides its market valuation, said Shakeel Ahmad a fibre analyst.

The recent weather in cotton growing belt in Punjab remained suitable for standing crop. The shortage of energy to textile sector was still endangering cotton growers’ selling volumes. Due to grade issue in parts of Sindh and Punjab stations buyers made forward deals for all grades of lint at around Rs 4,975 per maund to Rs 5,275 per maund.

More than 200 bales changed hands with more than 65 percent of Punjab’s share in trading. New York March 2016 Futures stood at around 62.28 cents per pound and Cotlook A index was hovering around 71 cents per pound.

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