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Feeder Cattle Aug '19 (GFQ19)

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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Market Lower at Close

At the sound of the week’s closing bell live cattle futures were down by as much as $1.10. The losses were mostly up front and Feb ’21 futures closed with 32 cent gains. Feeder cattle futures were mixed after trading higher at midday. The front months were 2 to 7 cents higher at the close, save for August feeders which fell by 7 cents. The 05/21 Feeder Cattle Index from CME was 36 cents lower at $126.24. USDA Cattle on Feed inventory was 11.2m head on May 1st, down 5.14% yr/yr. The trade was expecting a 4-5% drop. USDA reported 1.432m head were placed, down 22.26%, and 1.459m head were marketed, down 24.33% from May 2019. USDA reported some light cash activity at $110 and $115 on Friday, but reported the bulk was $120 for the week. CoT numbers showed managed money was slightly more net long on the week to 13,204 contracts. Feeder cattle specs were 1,075 contracts net long on May 19. Wholesale boxed beef prices were lower again as they continue to unwind from the unprecedented peak.... Read more

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
Expiration Date
08/29/19 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

Feeder Cattle Aug '19
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Aug Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of May 19, 2020

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Commercials - Long / Short
10,159 (+276)
7,763 (+224)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
8,236 (-201)
7,347 (+122)
Producers - Long / Short
5,189 (+386)
6,352 (+333)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
4,033 (-73)
474 (-72)
Managed Money - Long / Short
6,172 (-156)
5,048 (-222)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
2,064 (-45)
2,299 (+344)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
127.650 +8.54%
on 08/13/19
143.350 -3.35%
on 07/31/19
-4.550 (-3.18%)
since 07/30/19
127.650 +8.54%
on 08/13/19
143.900 -3.72%
on 07/29/19
+0.325 (+0.24%)
since 05/30/19

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Barchart Technical Opinion

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

Long term indicators fully support a continuation of the trend.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 138.550
1st Resistance Point 138.550
Last Price 138.550s
1st Support Level 138.550
2nd Support Level 138.550

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52-Week High 161.400
Fibonacci 61.8% 148.507
Fibonacci 50% 144.525
Fibonacci 38.2% 140.542
Last Price 138.550s
52-Week Low 127.650

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