Cotton futures finished slightly ahead in thin dealings Monday, supported partly by talk of some export demand over the weekend and scale-down mill fixations.
Spot December settled up 24 points to 83.61 cents, a few ticks below the midpoint of its 59-point range from up 60 points at 83.97 to up a point at 83.38 cents. March gained 34 points to 84.56 cents.
The market has continued to meander within tightening price ranges, deprived by the government shutdown of such weekly reports as those on crop progress, export sales, trader-commitments and on-call positions along the monthly supply-demand update.
Volume slowed ...