The Hindu Business Line  Sep 3  Comment 
The apex cotton trade body, the Cotton Association of India (CAI), will ink an agreement with the BSE to develop a cotton futures market for commodit
Wall Street Journal  Jun 11  Comment 
China is re-emerging as a major consumer of U.S. cotton after years of stockpiling the fiber, a shift that together with poor growing conditions in Texas has sent prices surging to a six-year high.
Agrimoney.com  Oct 27  Comment 
Key US cotton growing areas are poised for yet another weather test - this time through frost. What does this mean for prices?
Agrimoney.com  Oct 23  Comment 
A trio of US weather threats sends cotton futures higher, with strong demand ideas helping too. But are the fears justified?
Agrimoney.com  Oct 20  Comment 
... but avoid it in early deals, recovering a little from the last session's two-month closing low. Vegetable oils take heart from US biodiesel hopes
Agrimoney.com  Oct 5  Comment 
Cotton extends a rebound, amid concerns of a new storm threatening the US. Grains rise too, including corn, which has been "down so long..."
Agrimoney.com  Oct 3  Comment 
Chart factors, revived Australian worries and a series of import orders put some support under wheat prices. Cotton futures find a little strength too
Agrimoney.com  Sep 29  Comment 
Cotton futures make small headway, amid market expectations of Chinese reverse buying ahead. Grains ease for now. But what will key data later hold?
Agrimoney.com  Sep 22  Comment 
Hedge funds' large net long position in cotton looks ominous for price prospects. But market support may come from an unexpected source
Agrimoney.com  Sep 14  Comment 
Cotton futures, having tumbled limit-down in the last session, hold steady this time, amid talk of 1.4m bales of US hurricane damage


Cotton No. 2 futures are traded on the New York Board of Trade under ticker symbol CT in cents and hundredths of a cent per pound.[1]

The chart at left shows Front Month cotton futures prices on the New York Board of Trade (NYBOT) in cents and hundredths of a cent per pound.

Delivery Dates

Cotton No. 2 futures are delivered every year in March, May, July, October, and December.[1]

The following is a table with Cotton No. 2 futures delivery dates and resultant tickers for 2009. For an explanation on commodity tickers see commodity ticker construction.

Delivery Month Full Ticker Symbol Thomson-Reuters Symbol
March, 2009CTH9CT/H9-CT
May, 2009CTK9CT/K9-CT
July, 2009CTN9CT/N9-CT
October, 2009CTV9CT/V9-CT
December, 2009CTZ9CT/Z9-CT

Contract Specifications

Contract Size

One Cotton No. 2 futures contract on the New York Board of Trade is 50,000 pounds net weight.[1]

Tick Value

1/100 of a cent (one "point") per pound equivalent to $5.00 per contract.[1]

Daily Price Limit

5 cents above or below previous day's settlement price.[1]

Feb 3, 2011

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has approved higher daily trading limits in the ICE Futures U.S. cotton market, trading sources said on Thursday.

The changes expand the daily trading limit to 7.00 cents if the price of cotton is trading at $1.7001 or higher.

The higher limits are in a scale running from 3.00 cents to 7.00 cents. The new plan would force daily limit moves within a specific trading band.

Trading Hours

  • On the CME Globex electronic platform: 2:30 AM until 2:45 PM, New York Time.[1]

Last Trading Day

Seventeen business days from end of spot month.[1]

Deliverable Grades

Quality: Strict Low Middling, Staple Length: 1 2/32nd inc.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 The New York Board of Trade's contract specification for Cotton No. 2 futures
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