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Feeder Cattle Sep '23 (GFU23)
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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Triple Digit Drop for Cattle Market

Feeders led the way lower on Tuesday with losses of over 2% across the active contracts. Sep held firmer as the contract expiration nears on Thursday. The other futures gave back ~$5. Fat cattle traded lower as well with 1.2% to 1.5% losses of as much as $2.85. USDA reported limited cash sales for near $184 on Tuesday. The CME Feeder Cattle Index from 9/25 was 16 cents weaker to $253.90.  

Cold Storage data from Monday afternoon showed 421.63 million lbs of beef stocks in the US as of August 31. That was a 17.94% drop vs. last year and up 2.72% from last month’s revised total.

USDA’s Wholesale Boxed Beef prices were lower in the Tuesday PM report, as Choice dropped $1.94 and Select was quoted $1.35 weaker. USDA estimated the week’s FI cattle slaughter through Tuesday at 255k head. That is 7k head more than last week and +3k yr/yr. 

Oct 23 Cattle  closed at $184.800, down $2.175,

Dec 23 Cattle  closed at $188.475, down $2.750,

Feb 24 Cattle  closed at $1... 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
$3,465/3,150
First Notice Date
09/28/23 (2 days)
Expiration Date
09/28/23 (2 days)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Sep 19, 2023

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Commercials - Long / Short
13,646 (-178)
15,910 (+658)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
23,724 (+448)
11,462 (+105)
Producers - Long / Short
9,693 (-500)
11,660 (-167)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
1,666 (+16)
1,963 (+519)
Managed Money - Long / Short
20,237 (-206)
4,594 (+123)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
3,487 (+654)
6,868 (-18)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
250.000 +1.04%
on 09/05/23
257.500 -1.90%
on 09/15/23
+1.400 (+0.56%)
since 08/25/23
3-Month
239.575 +5.44%
on 06/27/23
257.500 -1.90%
on 09/15/23
+15.100 (+6.36%)
since 06/26/23

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Triple Digit Drop for Cattle Market

Feeders led the way lower on Tuesday with losses of over 2% across the active contracts. Sep held firmer as the contract expiration nears on Thursday. The other futures gave back ~$5. Fat cattle traded...

LEV23 : 184.800s (-1.16%)
LEZ23 : 188.475s (-1.44%)
LEG24 : 193.050s (-1.45%)
GFU23 : 252.600s (-0.50%)
GFV23 : 253.875s (-1.91%)
Hogs Turnaround on Tuesday

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HEG24 : 75.750s (-0.46%)
KMV23 : 92.250s (-0.54%)
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HEZ23 : 72.350s (-0.24%)
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Cattle Falling Triple Digits

The feeder cattle futures market is down by nearly 2% across the active months. Sep contracts are $1 in the red to $5 losses in the other nearby contracts. Fat cattle are also weaker through Tuesday, with...

LEV23 : 184.800s (-1.16%)
LEZ23 : 188.475s (-1.44%)
LEG24 : 193.050s (-1.45%)
LEY00 : 183.000s (unch)
GFU23 : 252.600s (-0.50%)
GFV23 : 253.875s (-1.91%)
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Cattle Closed Mixed on Monday

Cattle went home with mixed results following the Cattle on Feed report. The ’23 contracts were down by 10 to 12 cents, while the ’24 contracts closed up by as much as 35 cents. The feeders were 22...

LEV23 : 184.800s (-1.16%)
LEZ23 : 188.475s (-1.44%)
LEG24 : 193.050s (-1.45%)
GFU23 : 252.600s (-0.50%)
GFV23 : 253.875s (-1.91%)
Hogs Rebounded Out of the Weekend

After the hard drop to end last week, Monday’s hog trade ended off the highs but was still up 35 to 75 cents on the day. USDA’s National Average Base Hog price was a nickel weaker to $77.54. The CME...

HEV23 : 81.625s (+0.12%)
HEG24 : 75.750s (-0.46%)
KMV23 : 92.250s (-0.54%)
Cattle Closed Mixed on Monday

Cattle went home mixed on the first trade day of the week. The ’23 contracts were down by 10 to 12 cents, while the ’24 contracts closed up by as much as 35 cents. The feeders were 22 to 82 cents weaker...

LEV23 : 184.800s (-1.16%)
LEZ23 : 188.475s (-1.44%)
LEG24 : 193.050s (-1.45%)
GFU23 : 252.600s (-0.50%)
GFV23 : 253.875s (-1.91%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 255.242
2nd Resistance Point 254.633
1st Resistance Point 253.617
Last Price 252.600s
1st Support Level 251.992
2nd Support Level 251.383
3rd Support Level 250.367

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52-Week High 257.500
Last Price 252.600s
Fibonacci 61.8% 233.730
Fibonacci 50% 226.387
Fibonacci 38.2% 219.045
52-Week Low 195.275

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