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Live Cattle Dec '18 (LEZ18)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Marginally Mixed at Midday

Live cattle futures are anywhere from 10 cents higher to 20 cents lower in the front months at midday. Feeder cattle futures are also mixed, with expiring May up 15 cents. The CME feeder cattle index was down 9 cents to $132.16 on May 21. Wholesale boxed beef prices were higher on Thursday morning. Choice boxes were up 76 cents at $220.51 with Select boxes 86 cents higher @ $2036.67. USDA has this week’s FI cattle slaughter at 360,000 head through Wednesday. A few cash sales of $115 were reported in the South on Wednesday, with $185-186 in the north. Some cash trade in the north was reported at $116 this morning. Friday’s Cattle on Feed report is expected to show April placements up 13.5% from a year ago, with marketings in that month 6.6% higher. Export sales of beef were reported at 24,394 MT in the week of may 16 this morning. Shipments were seen at 17,940 MT. Jun 19 Cattle are at $110.750, up $0.100, Aug 19 Cattle are at $107.875, down $0.075, Oct 19 Cattle are at $107.775, down $0.025, May 19 Feeder Cattle are at $135.600, up $0.150 Aug 19 Feeder Cattle are at $142.525, down $0.075 Sep 19 Feeder Cattle are at $143.575, down $0.300 --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. (Settles 1:00p.m.) CST
Exchange
CME
Point Value
$400
Margin/Maintenance
$1,650/1,500
First Notice Date
12/10/18
Expiration Date
12/31/18 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of May 14, 2019

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Commercials - Long / Short
124,726 (-1,348)
222,802 (-9,416)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
143,065 (-10,307)
28,416 (+1,691)
Producers - Long / Short
26,895 (+2,805)
213,443 (-8,084)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
95,808 (-3,432)
7,336 (-611)
Managed Money - Long / Short
101,976 (-13,080)
14,937 (+5,711)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
41,089 (+2,773)
13,479 (-4,020)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
116.750 +6.90%
on 12/04/18
125.575 -0.62%
on 12/31/18
+7.875 (+6.74%)
since 11/30/18
3-Month
113.550 +9.91%
on 11/13/18
125.575 -0.62%
on 12/31/18
+5.950 (+5.01%)
since 09/28/18
52-Week
106.950 +16.69%
on 04/04/18
125.575 -0.62%
on 12/31/18
+10.925 (+9.59%)
since 12/29/17

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Barchart Technical Opinion

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 100% Buy and ranks in the Top 1% of all short term signal directions.

Longer term, the trend strength is in the Top 1%. Long term indicators fully support a continuation of the trend.

The market is in highly overbought territory. Beware of a trend reversal.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 126.033
1st Resistance Point 125.417
Last Price 124.800s
1st Support Level 124.342
2nd Support Level 123.883

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52-Week High 125.575
Last Price 124.800s
Fibonacci 61.8% 118.460
Fibonacci 50% 116.262
Fibonacci 38.2% 114.065
52-Week Low 106.950

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