UPDATE 1-U.S. cotton weekly export sales fall for first time since June 2012

jueves 10 de abril de 2014 11:40 GYT

(Updates prices; adds market background in paragraph 9)

NEW YORK, April 10 (Reuters) - U.S. cotton export sales dropped for the first time in almost two years in the latest reporting week, official U.S. data showed, confirming that high prices have curbed demand.

The drop in sales helped curtail a price rally seen on fears of tight nearby supplies that lifted prices to two-year highs in March.

Buyers from six countries canceled at least 67,500 bales of upland cotton in the most recent reporting week, data from the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) showed on Thursday, as New York futures hovered near two-year highs above 90 cents a lb.

The cuts resulted in net cancellations of some 10,900 bales, the first time buyers have bought fewer bales than they canceled since June 2012.

The report led to the benchmark May cotton contract on ICE Futures U.S. trade to an over one-month low of 89.05 cents a lb post-report and trading down 1.16 cents, or 1.3 percent, at 89.28 cents a lb by 11:26 a.m. EDT (1510 GMT).

Buyers in Thailand, Mexico, Bangladesh, and Indonesia accounted for the bulk of cancellations. Mexico is the third largest buyer of U.S. cotton so far this season, behind Turkey and China.

That was the largest number of net cancellations since June 2012, when buyers opted out of at least 602,100 bales, according to USDA data reviewed by Reuters.

Sales of bales for the 2014/15 crop year picked up, suggesting some of the bales had been pushed to the new year that begins on Aug. 1.   Continuación...