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Feeder Cattle Jan '24 (GFF24)
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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Mixed Thursday for Cattle Futures

Cattle faded into the NASS data on Thursday, but firmed up for the close. Fats stayed 47 cents to $1.15 weaker for the bell, though April was 30 cents of the session low. Feeders finished in the black on Thursday, after March printed a $3.03 range from as much as +$2.93. CME had 48 contracts total issued for Feb cattle deliveries, though all are in the re-tendering process with none scheduled. The week’s cash trade remains limited for the week through Thursday, with a few near $180. The CME Feeder Cattle Index increased by $1.83 to $244.49. 

Analysts are looking for the NASS Cattle on Feed report to show Feb’s count 0.1% above Feb ’23 on average. That’s ~11.716m head barring revisions. Placements are expected to be down by 11.6% from last year and Jan marketings are expected to be 0.2% lower yr/yr. 

USDA’s Boxed Beef prices were stronger on Thursday with $1.99 stronger Choice and $1.35 stronger Select. USDA reported FI cattle slaughter at 472k head for the week through T... Read more

Contract Specifications

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Contract
Feeder Cattle
Contract Size
50,000 pounds
Tick Size
0.00025 per pound ($12.50 per contract)
Trading Hours
8:30a.m. - 1:05p.m. (Settles 1:00p.m.) CST
Exchange
CME
Point Value
$500
Margin/Maintenance
$4,537/4,125
First Notice Date
01/25/24
Expiration Date
01/25/24 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

Feeder Cattle Jan '24
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Jan Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Feb 13, 2024

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Commercials - Long / Short
16,014 (+436)
13,178 (+748)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
14,036 (+1,252)
10,703 (+286)
Producers - Long / Short
11,865 (+697)
10,039 (+1,021)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
2,351 (+47)
1,341 (+35)
Managed Money - Long / Short
10,423 (+1,185)
3,869 (-413)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
3,613 (+67)
6,834 (+699)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
221.775 +4.64%
on 12/29/23
232.350 -0.12%
on 01/25/24
+8.510 (+3.81%)
since 12/26/23
3-Month
209.150 +10.95%
on 12/04/23
242.375 -4.26%
on 11/03/23
-3.015 (-1.28%)
since 10/26/23
52-Week
209.150 +10.95%
on 12/04/23
268.500 -13.57%
on 09/15/23
+21.410 (+10.16%)
since 01/26/23

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Barchart Trading Guide

The Barchart Trading Guide is a Buy Signal with a Soft Signal Strength.

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 232.060
2nd Resistance Point 232.060
1st Resistance Point 232.060
Last Price 232.060s
1st Support Level 232.060
2nd Support Level 232.060
3rd Support Level 232.060

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52-Week High 268.500
Fibonacci 61.8% 245.828
Fibonacci 50% 238.825
Last Price 232.060s
Fibonacci 38.2% 231.822
52-Week Low 209.150

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