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Feeder Cattle Mar '21 (GFH21)

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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Close Lower on Thursday

Fat cattle futures ended the Thursday session with losses of at least 30 cents. April cattle closed at $118.55 after an 85 cent pullback. Thursday cash trade was quiet with some limited WCB and KS trades at $112-114. The bulk of the week’s cash sales have been $114 on Wednesday. Feeder cattle futures closed with triple digit losses of $1.07 to $2.32. The 3/2 Feeder Cattle Index from CME was $137.17, down another 37 cents.

USDA reported 22,615 MT of beef sold on the week ending 2/25 in the weekly Export Sales report. Sales to China were 19.8% of the total. China’s beef commitments account for 13.5% of the total on the books.

Wholesale Boxed Beef prices were mixed in the PM report, widening the Chc/Sel spread back to $12.20. Choice was $0.85 stronger to $233.88 cwt. and Select was $2.56 lower. WTD federally inspected slaughter is 485,000 head, compared to 493,000 head last year.

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Contract Specifications

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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
Point Value
First Notice Date
03/25/21 (20 days)
Expiration Date
03/25/21 (20 days)

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Feeder Cattle Mar '21
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Mar Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Feb 23, 2021

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Commercials - Long / Short
14,019 (+483)
8,041 (+523)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
17,928 (+855)
16,060 (+1,167)
Producers - Long / Short
5,494 (+276)
7,454 (+537)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
8,039 (+216)
101 (-5)
Managed Money - Long / Short
12,615 (+909)
11,347 (+697)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
5,313 (-54)
4,713 (+470)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
134.625 +0.35%
on 03/04/21
142.175 -4.98%
on 02/16/21
-4.400 (-3.15%)
since 02/04/21
132.675 +1.83%
on 01/13/21
144.850 -6.73%
on 01/25/21
-4.325 (-3.10%)
since 12/04/20

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Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 138.983
2nd Resistance Point 138.017
1st Resistance Point 136.558
Last Price 135.100s
1st Support Level 134.133
2nd Support Level 133.167
3rd Support Level 131.708

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52-Week High 145.300
Last Price 135.100s
Fibonacci 61.8% 134.709
Fibonacci 50% 131.438
Fibonacci 38.2% 128.166
52-Week Low 117.575

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