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Live Cattle Jun '24 (LEM24)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Ignore Bearish CoF Data, Close Mixed

Live cattle futures posted mixed action on Monday, with front months held up by the cast market and closing 17 cents to $1.67 higher. Other contracts were anywhere from 27 cents lower to a dime higher. Cash trade was slow to develop last week, as late sales rolled in a $189-191 in the South, as the North exchanged hands at $197-198. 

Feeder cattle futures posted some mixed action on Monday with contracts up 53 cents and led by the nearbys, as deferreds were down as much as 30 cents.   The CME Feeder Cattle Index was back up 87 cents on June 21 at $258.34. The weekly OKC action saw 5,200 head of feeders sold, with Steers down $3-5 and heifers $5-8 lower.

Friday’s Cattle on Feed report showed May placements totaling 2.046 million head, a 4.28% increase and above the range of estimates. May marketings were up 0.15% at 1.955 million head. That took the June 1 on feed figure for the month to 11.583 million head, only a 0.06% decline from last year.

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Contract Specifications

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Contract
Live Cattle
Contract Size
40,000 pounds
Tick Size
0.00025 per pound ($10.00 per contract)
Trading Hours
8:30a.m. - 1:05p.m. (Settles 1:00p.m.) CST
Exchange
CME
Point Value
$400
Margin/Maintenance
$2,695/2,450
First Notice Date
06/10/24
Expiration Date
06/28/24 (3 days)

Seasonal Chart

Live Cattle Jun '24
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Jun Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jun 18, 2024

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Commercials - Long / Short
93,106 (-1,400)
139,118 (+784)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
113,834 (+3,995)
61,387 (+2,706)
Producers - Long / Short
39,155 (-2,221)
132,888 (+429)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
49,875 (+414)
2,154 (-52)
Managed Money - Long / Short
76,382 (+3,395)
20,429 (+513)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
37,452 (+600)
40,958 (+2,193)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
180.925 +4.41%
on 06/03/24
189.250 -0.18%
on 06/24/24
+5.200 (+2.83%)
since 05/24/24
3-Month
170.250 +10.95%
on 04/12/24
189.250 -0.18%
on 06/24/24
+6.000 (+3.28%)
since 03/22/24
52-Week
162.750 +16.07%
on 12/06/23
194.025 -2.64%
on 09/15/23
+8.750 (+4.86%)
since 06/23/23

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Cattle Ignore Bearish CoF Data, Close Mixed

Live cattle futures posted mixed action on Monday, with front months held up by the cast market and closing 17 cents to $1.67 higher. Other contracts were anywhere from 27 cents lower to a dime higher....

LEM24 : 188.900s (+0.69%)
LEQ24 : 184.825s (+0.91%)
LEV24 : 183.800s (+0.10%)
GFQ24 : 258.900s (+0.20%)
GFU24 : 260.125s (+0.09%)
GFV24 : 260.675s (+0.02%)
Hogs Collapse to Start the Week

Lean hog futures posted losses of 77 cents to $2.60 on Monday. The USDA National Base Hog price reported at $86.64 on Monday afternoon, up 60 cents from the previous day. The CME Lean Hog Index was down...

HEN24 : 89.950s (-2.28%)
HEQ24 : 86.725s (-2.91%)
HEV24 : 74.075s (-2.95%)
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Cattle Shrugging Off Large Placement Number

Live cattle futures are showing some gains in the front months of $1.05 to $1.15 as cash leads the way. October and other deferred contracts are being pressured by the larger placements, down 22 cents....

LEM24 : 188.900s (+0.69%)
LEQ24 : 184.825s (+0.91%)
LEV24 : 183.800s (+0.10%)
GFQ24 : 258.900s (+0.20%)
GFU24 : 260.125s (+0.09%)
GFV24 : 260.675s (+0.02%)
Hogs Falling at Monday’s Midday

Lean hog futures are posting another round of losses on Monday, with midday losses of $1.35 to $1.80. The USDA National Base Hog price reported at $86.47 on Monday morning, up a penny from the previous...

HEN24 : 89.950s (-2.28%)
HEQ24 : 86.725s (-2.91%)
HEV24 : 74.075s (-2.95%)
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Hogs Look to New Week

Lean hog futures were mixed at the Friday close, with contracts anywhere from 20 cents higher to 7 cents lower, as July, up 90 cents, was an exception. The USDA National Base Hog price reported at $86.04...

HEN24 : 89.950s (-2.28%)
HEQ24 : 86.725s (-2.91%)
HEV24 : 74.075s (-2.95%)
Cattle Look to Monday Trade after CoF Report Shows Placement Surprise

Live cattle futures were up 52 to 60 cents in the front two contracts, with the rest down 20 to 80 cents at the close. Cash trade was slow to develop last week, with some $310-312 in the beef reported...

LEM24 : 188.900s (+0.69%)
LEQ24 : 184.825s (+0.91%)
LEV24 : 183.800s (+0.10%)
GFQ24 : 258.900s (+0.20%)
GFU24 : 260.125s (+0.09%)
GFV24 : 260.675s (+0.02%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 190.950
2nd Resistance Point 190.100
1st Resistance Point 189.500
Last Price 188.900s
1st Support Level 188.050
2nd Support Level 187.200
3rd Support Level 186.600

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52-Week High 194.025
Last Price 188.900s
Fibonacci 61.8% 182.078
Fibonacci 50% 178.387
Fibonacci 38.2% 174.697
52-Week Low 162.750

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