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Feeder Cattle Mar '23 (GFH23)

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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Working Higher into the Weekend

Live cattle are up by as much as 40 cents so far for the week’s last trade day. USDA confirmed some Thursday cash trade from $152 to $155, though volumes remain too light to establish a trend for the week. Nearby feeder cattle futures are trading with midday gains of 25 to 55 cents. The CME Feeder Cattle Index for 1/25 was $1.20 higher at $178.80.

USDA’s Wholesale Boxed Beef prices were weaker in the AM report for Friday with Choice down by 21 cents and Select $1.16 weaker. That had the Chc/Sel spread at $18.22 for the AM quote. Federally inspected cattle slaughter for the week was estimated as 504k head through Thursday. That remains 11k head above last week’s pace and is 24k head above the same week last year. 

 

Feb 23 Cattle  are at $156.825, up $0.100,

April 23 Cattle  are at $160.925, up $0.400,

Jun 23 Cattle  are at $157.825, up $0.450,

Cash Cattle Index was $156.000, from $156.00 last week

Mar 23 Feeder Cattle  are at $183.500, up $0... 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
$3,315/2,850
First Notice Date
03/30/23 (62 days)
Expiration Date
03/30/23 (62 days)

Seasonal Chart

Feeder Cattle Mar '23
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Mar Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jan 24, 2023

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Commercials - Long / Short
15,587 (+490)
8,508 (+829)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
13,606 (+189)
19,444 (+165)
Producers - Long / Short
8,966 (+672)
4,466 (+614)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
3,486 (-380)
907 (+17)
Managed Money - Long / Short
9,991 (+563)
15,891 (+95)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
3,615 (-374)
3,553 (+70)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
179.175 +2.40%
on 01/19/23
188.750 -2.79%
on 01/04/23
-1.925 (-1.04%)
since 12/27/22
3-Month
179.175 +2.40%
on 01/19/23
188.750 -2.79%
on 01/04/23
+1.025 (+0.56%)
since 10/27/22

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HEG23 : 75.875s (-1.49%)
HEK23 : 94.925s (+0.08%)
KMG23 : 83.675 (-0.83%)
Cattle Working Higher into the Weekend

Live cattle are up by as much as 40 cents so far for the week’s last trade day. USDA confirmed some Thursday cash trade from $152 to $155, though volumes remain too light to establish a trend for the...

LEG23 : 156.725s (unch)
LEJ23 : 160.825s (+0.19%)
LEM23 : 157.775s (+0.25%)
LEY00 : 156.000s (unch)
GFH23 : 183.475s (+0.34%)
GFJ23 : 187.550s (+0.29%)
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HEG23 : 75.875s (-1.49%)
HEK23 : 94.925s (+0.08%)
KMG23 : 83.675 (-0.83%)
Cattle Worked Lower Yesterday

Jan feeder cattle rolled off the board at $179.57 to be settled against the index. The CME Feeder Cattle Index for 1/25 was $1.20 higher at $178.80. The other feeder cattle futures were down by $0.90 to...

LEG23 : 156.725s (unch)
LEJ23 : 160.825s (+0.19%)
LEM23 : 157.775s (+0.25%)
GFH23 : 183.475s (+0.34%)
GFJ23 : 187.550s (+0.29%)
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Lean hogs saw new lows for the move on Thursday before rallying back to close up by triple digits. April saw a wide $3.70 range on the day and closed at $87 flat on a near 2% gain. USDA’s National Average...

HEG23 : 75.875s (-1.49%)
HEK23 : 94.925s (+0.08%)
KMG23 : 83.675 (-0.83%)
Thursday Cattle Weaken

Jan feeder cattle rolled off the board at $179.57 to be settled against the index. The CME Feeder Cattle Index for 1/25 was $1.20 higher at $178.80. The other feeder cattle futures were down by $0.90 to...

LEG23 : 156.725s (unch)
LEJ23 : 160.825s (+0.19%)
LEM23 : 157.775s (+0.25%)
GFH23 : 183.475s (+0.34%)
GFJ23 : 187.550s (+0.29%)
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Barchart Trading Guide

The Barchart Trading Guide is a Sell Signal with a Average Signal Strength.

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 185.008
2nd Resistance Point 184.392
1st Resistance Point 183.933
Last Price 183.475s
1st Support Level 182.858
2nd Support Level 182.242
3rd Support Level 181.783

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52-Week High 192.625
Fibonacci 61.8% 184.775
Last Price 183.475s
Fibonacci 50% 182.350
Fibonacci 38.2% 179.925
52-Week Low 172.075

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