U.S. stocks rallied the most this year amid better-than-estimated earnings and jobless claims, while the euro rose and German bonds fell as the European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged and refrained from adding stimulus. Gasoline, nickel and zinc led commodity gains.
Cotton production in Australia, the world’s third-biggest exporter, may decline to the lowest level in at least three years as drought curbs crops and water availability, according to a growers’ group. Prices advanced.
Cotton production in Australia, the world’s third-biggest exporter, may drop 9 percent this year as drought curbs planting in Queensland state, the country’s second-biggest grower, according to an industry group.
Cotton crops damaged by flooding in Australia, the fourth-largest exporter, may partly recover in the next few months helping to maintain the production outlook, Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. said today.
Flooding and heavy rainfall caused by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald that may damage some cotton crops in Australia, the world’s fourth-biggest shipper, will boost production in other regions, according to a growers’ group.
Cotton production in Australia, the world’s third-biggest shipper, may drop as much as 8.2 percent as farms are inundated in the nation’s east, harming crops and curbing output, according to a producers’ group.