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China Plan Sale From Stockpile

China Plan Sale From Stockpile

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China Plans Sale From Cotton Stockpile
NEW YORK
 — 
The Chinese government is planning to sell part of its roughly 10 million-ton stockpile of cotton this week, an event long anticipated by traders of the fiber. But while the prospect of a sale from such a large holding would usually push down international cotton prices, concern over the quality and price of the fiber China is offering is expected to mute the effect somewhat. News of the sale came as some traders worried over a late-autumn storm that hit growing regions in the southern part of the U.S., the world's biggest cotton exporter. The government plans to sell the cotton via auction starting on Thursday with a minimum price of 18,000 Yuan a ton, equal to about $1.34 a pound, according to a notice posted on the website of the China National Cotton Information Center, a government-run cotton-industry body. Previous cotton sales have had only limited success. The China National Cotton Reserves Corp. held daily auctions from January through July this year, but mills bought just 25% of the cotton offered because of the high prices the corporation wanted, traders said. Thursday's auction price is about 70% higher than U.S. cotton futures, a market benchmark. Cotton for delivery in March on the ICE Futures U.S. exchange ended at a more-than-one-month high of 79.14 cents a pound. In addition, China National Cotton Reserves will first offer cotton from the 2011 crop, raising concerns about the quality. Older cotton can grow brittle in storage, making it more difficult to spin into yarn and dye. Neither China National Cotton Reserves nor the China National Cotton Information Center was immediately available for comment. "I don't think [the auction is] a game changer" because of the quality concerns, said Gary Raines, an economist at brokerage INTL FCStone. "You could have a Ferrari in the driveway [and] you can come back in 15 years to drive it, but don't expect it to be the same Ferrari." Traders and analysts said they had been expecting China to release some of its reserves before the end of the year, a prospect that sent cotton prices to a more-than-nine-month low in early November. China's reserves total about 10.3 million metric tons, according to the

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