Moderate trading seen at the lint market with firm physical prices, while buyers made deals on slightly higher prices. Forward deals also changed hands for better grades of lint on slightly higher price at around Rs6,600 per maund in Sindh and Punjab stations. The Karachi Cotton Association (KCA) kept the spot rate at Rs 6,700 per maund.
According to floor brokers, buyers made deals for all grades besides deals for better and second grade of lint for blending purpose remained firm and deals changed hands at around Rs 6,575 per maund to Rs 7,000 per maund during the trading session.
A senior trader, Ghulam Rabbani said that leading buyers consolidated their long positions and made deals for second grade on paying premium price for it. In domestic market mills and spinners remained eager for quality lint on the back of growing demand of end textile made up products.
The ginners of Punjab offered cotton of all grades to the buyers around Rs 5,975 per maund to Rs 6,750 per maund while ginners of Sindh offered raw grade lint to the buyers around Rs 5,975 per maund, depending on thrash level.
According to KCA, 200 bales of upper Sindh changed hands at Rs 6,450 per maund, 200 bales of Hyderabad at Rs 6,400 per maund, 100 bales of southern Punjab at Rs 6,675 per maund and 100 bales of Sanghar at Rs 6,650 per maund.
While trading activity remain slow at the Karachi Cotton Exchange on Thursday, as only some needy mills entered into the market. Spot rates remained unchanged at Rs6,700/maund (37.324kg) and Rs7,180/40kg. Ex-Karachi rates also stood firm at Rs6,835/maund and Rs7,325/40kg after an addition of Rs135 and Rs145 as upcountry expenses, respectively.
According to an analyst, around 200,000 bales are still lying with the ginners, which is a very little quantity and will be sold easily.
The cotton market recorded five transactions of 2,100 bales at a price in between Rs6,200 and Rs7,000/maund. Chichawatni’s 200 bales were sold at Rs6,200/maund, 200 bales of Khanewal at Rs6,800, 400 bales of Rahimyar Khan at Rs6,975 and another 700 bales of Rahimyar Khan and 400 bales of Chani Goth exchanged hands at Rs7,000/maund.