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Live Cattle Feb '18 (LEG18)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary


Live cattle settled with 65 to 95 cent gains on Tuesday. Feeder cattle futures were up $1.15 to $2.275 on the day. The CME feeder cattle index was up 96 cents on December 10 at $144.96. Wholesale beef prices were mixed on Tuesday afternoon, with the Ch/Select spread tightening to $13.07. Choice boxes were down 96 cents at $214.46, with the Select cutout value 45 cents higher at $201.39. USDA estimated week to date cattle slaughter at 241,00 head. That is 1,000 above last week and 7,000 head larger than the same week last year. A total of 156 head are listed for Wednesday’s FCE online auction, with both lots from KS. USDA’s quarterly meat production table showed beef production for 2018 up 25 million lbs from November to 26.939 billion, with 2019 production down the same amount to 27.785 billion lbs.--provided by Brugler Marketing & Management

Contract Specifications

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Contract
Live Cattle
Contract Size
40,000 pounds
Tick Size
0.025 cents per pound ($10.00 per contract)
Trading Hours
8:30a.m. - 1:05p.m. CST
Exchange
CME
Point Value
$400
Margin/Maintenance
$1,650/1,500
First Notice Date
02/05/18
Expiration Date
02/28/18 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

Live Cattle Feb '18
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Feb Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Dec 4, 2018

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Commercials - Long / Short
126,933 (-1,031)
192,919 (-138)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
121,936 (+2,517)
41,898 (+11)
Producers - Long / Short
38,279 (+876)
186,831 (+2,665)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
85,772 (-731)
3,206 (-1,627)
Managed Money - Long / Short
91,423 (+3,504)
22,463 (-3,452)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
30,513 (-987)
19,435 (+3,463)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
123.550 +3.20%
on 01/30/18
130.525 -2.32%
on 02/20/18
+2.900 (+2.33%)
since 01/26/18
3-Month
116.250 +9.68%
on 01/11/18
130.525 -2.32%
on 02/20/18
+1.825 (+1.45%)
since 11/28/17
52-Week
102.750 +24.09%
on 03/03/17
131.950 -3.37%
on 11/06/17
+23.725 (+22.86%)
since 02/28/17

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Barchart Technical Opinion

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 40% Buy with a Weakening short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

Longer term, the trend strength is Weak. Long term indicators mostly agree with the trend.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 130.533
1st Resistance Point 129.017
Last Price 127.500s
1st Support Level 126.742
2nd Support Level 125.983

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52-Week High 131.950
Last Price 127.500s
Fibonacci 61.8% 120.796
Fibonacci 50% 117.350
Fibonacci 38.2% 113.904
52-Week Low 102.750

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