Cotton prices have been under pressure the last couple of weeks. The futures contract on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) made a high of ?23,320 per bale on June 11 and has reversed sharply lower from there. The contract tumbled over 6 per cent from this high to make a low of ?21,770 last week on Thursday and bounced slightly higher to trade at ?22,190 per bale.
The short-term view is negative for the MCX-Cotton futures contract. The recent reversal from the high happened from a crucial long-term trend resistance level. Though the contract has been consolidating around ?22,000 over the last few days, any upmove in the near-term could be limited. Key resistances are poised between ?22,350 and ?22,650. An intermediate bounce to test these resistances in the near-term cannot be ruled out. But a strong break and a rally above ?22,650 looks less probable.
A fall to ?21,450, a key short-term support level, is likely in the coming weeks. A break below , though less likely, can drag the contract to ?21,000. The region between ?21,450 and ?21,000 is a strong medium-term support level which could halt the current downtrend. A strong upward reversal from this ?21,450-21,000 support zone will have the potential to take the MCX-Cotton futures contract higher to ?23,000 levels.
Short-term traders with high risk appetite can go short on rallies at ?22,300 and at ?22,500. Stop-loss can be placed at ?22,700 for the target of ?21,500. Revise the stop-loss lower to ?22,100 as soon as the contract moves down to ?21,850.