Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:14 AM CDT

(Dow Jones) -- Cotton prices have been trading at six-month highs, but analysts expect them to pull back toward the end of the year as U.S. growers harvest a much larger crop.

U.S. farmers are expected to plant more cotton this spring than last year and reap a crop almost a quarter larger than the previous harvest, according to a survey released in February by the National Cotton Council. That means the cotton contract for delivery in December, the first to correspond with the new crop year, will be under more pressure than those in the coming months, which include ...

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