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Feeder Cattle Aug '18 (GFQ18)

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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Market News and Commentary

Live cattle futures were mixed on the day, with nearby Dec up 32.5 cents. The last half 2019 contracts were higher. Feeder cattle futures were up 35 cents to $1. The CME feeder cattle index was up $1.43 on December 12 at $146.40. Wholesale beef prices were mixed again this afternoon, with the Ch/Select spread widening to $11.47. Choice boxes were up 22 cents at $212.47, with the Select cutout value 57 cents lower at $201.00. USDA estimated week to date cattle slaughter at 483,00 head through Thursday. That is 2,000 above last week and 11,000 head larger than the same week last year. Outside of the $119 trade on Wednesday’s FCE, few cash sales have been reported. Beef export sales in the week of 12/6 were reported at 10,337 MT for 2018 and 3,650 MT for 2019 in this morning’s Export Sales report. Exports out that week totaled 18,162 MT.Dec 18 Cattle closed at $119.450, up $0.325,Feb 19 Cattle closed at $122.850, down $0.050,Apr 19 Cattle closed at $124.800, down $0.100,Jan 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $147.975, up $0.400Mar 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $145.925, up $0.650Apr 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $146.500, up $0.900--provided by Brugler Marketing & Management

Contract Specifications

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Contract
Feeder Cattle
Contract Size
50,000 pounds
Tick Size
0.025 cents per pound ($12.50 per contract)
Trading Hours
8:30a.m. - 1:05p.m. CST
Exchange
CME
Point Value
$500
Margin/Maintenance
$3,080/2,800
First Notice Date
08/30/18
Expiration Date
08/30/18 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

Feeder Cattle Aug '18
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Aug Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Dec 4, 2018

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Commercials - Long / Short
15,573 (+94)
9,063 (-171)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
16,575 (-1,376)
19,857 (-193)
Producers - Long / Short
5,393 (+512)
7,674 (+109)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
8,903 (-120)
112 (+18)
Managed Money - Long / Short
9,874 (-1,811)
15,805 (+733)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
6,701 (+435)
4,052 (-926)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
148.250 +1.17%
on 08/14/18
153.000 -1.97%
on 08/06/18
+0.655 (+0.44%)
since 07/31/18
3-Month
142.175 +5.49%
on 06/15/18
154.925 -3.19%
on 07/19/18
+2.580 (+1.75%)
since 05/31/18
52-Week
135.000 +11.10%
on 04/04/18
159.200 -5.79%
on 11/06/17
+9.980 (+7.13%)
since 08/31/17

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Barchart Technical Opinion

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 32% Buy with a Strengthening short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

Longer term, the trend strength is Weak. Long term indicators fully support a continuation of the trend.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 149.980
1st Resistance Point 149.980
Last Price 149.980s
1st Support Level 149.980
2nd Support Level 149.980

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52-Week High 159.200
Last Price 149.980s
Fibonacci 61.8% 149.956
Fibonacci 50% 147.100
Fibonacci 38.2% 144.244
52-Week Low 135.000

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