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Feeder Cattle Aug '24 (GFQ24)

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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Feeders Were the Leaders to Start the Short Week

Live cattle posted gains of 45 cent to $1.40 on the Tuesday session. Cash trade last week saw action at $187 in the south, with trade in the north mainly at $192, with some coming in at $193.50. Feeders were the leaders on the day, with contracts up $2.90 to $4.375, after the CoF report from Friday confirmed a slowdown to feeder supplies. The CME Feeder Cattle index was down $1.30 on May 24 to $248.84. 

Crop Progress data showed pasture ratings across the US at 48% gd/ex, down 1% from last week. That translates to a 326 on the Brugler500 index, down 5. A weighted score of beef cow states indicate some improvement, up 2 points to 344.

USDA’s Wholesale Boxed Beef prices were higher on Tuesday afternoon. Choice boxes were up $1.67 at $312.12, with Select $1.71 higher to $303.43. The Chc/Sel spread is now at $8.69. USDA estimated Tuesday’s FI cattle slaughter at 123,000 head. That is up 1,000 head from last Tuesday and down 5,978 head from the same Tuesday last year.

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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
$4,537/4,125
First Notice Date
08/29/24 (93 days)
Expiration Date
08/29/24 (93 days)

Seasonal Chart

Feeder Cattle Aug '24
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Aug Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of May 21, 2024

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Commercials - Long / Short
16,040 (+528)
9,262 (-459)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
14,003 (-115)
15,191 (+630)
Producers - Long / Short
11,601 (+284)
8,224 (-373)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
3,633 (+305)
232 (-25)
Managed Money - Long / Short
9,883 (-34)
5,679 (+173)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
4,120 (-81)
9,512 (+457)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
249.050 +6.24%
on 05/10/24
264.725 -0.05%
on 05/28/24
+4.050 (+1.55%)
since 04/26/24
3-Month
243.275 +8.77%
on 04/12/24
271.500 -2.54%
on 03/14/24
-3.275 (-1.22%)
since 02/28/24

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Feeders Were the Leaders to Start the Short Week

Live cattle posted gains of 45 cent to $1.40 on the Tuesday session. Cash trade last week saw action at $187 in the south, with trade in the north mainly at $192, with some coming in at $193.50. Feeders...

LEM24 : 184.550s (+0.46%)
LEQ24 : 181.825s (+0.39%)
LEV24 : 184.400s (+0.24%)
GFQ24 : 264.600s (+1.68%)
GFU24 : 265.700s (+1.51%)
GFV24 : 266.250s (+1.41%)
Hogs Close Mixed on Tuesday

Lean hogs saw mixed trade on Tuesday with front months down 7 to 80 cents and deferreds 7 to 17 points higher. USDA’s National Average Base Hog negotiated price was up $1.19 in the Tuesday afternoon...

HEM24 : 93.800s (-0.50%)
HEN24 : 96.525s (-0.72%)
HEQ24 : 96.100s (-0.83%)
Cattle Trade Led Higher by the Feeders

Live cattle are showing midday gains of 40 to 50 cents on Tuesday after Friday’s neutral (compared to estimates) Cattle on Feed report. Cash trade last week saw action at $187 in the south, with trade...

LEM24 : 184.550s (+0.46%)
LEQ24 : 181.825s (+0.39%)
LEV24 : 184.400s (+0.24%)
GFQ24 : 264.600s (+1.68%)
GFU24 : 265.700s (+1.51%)
GFV24 : 266.250s (+1.41%)
Hogs Pulling Off Early Lows

Lean hogs are getting some help from a stronger cutout, with contracts off the midday lows and down 17 to 70 cents at midday. USDA’s National Average Base Hog negotiated price was not reported on Tuesday...

HEM24 : 93.800s (-0.50%)
HEN24 : 96.525s (-0.72%)
HEQ24 : 96.100s (-0.83%)
A Bullish Time of Year for Livestock Futures Prices?

Cattle futures and lean hogs were lower at the end of last week, but will seasonal strength invite buyers back into the market?

Cattle Trade Look to Trade Following USDA CoF Release and Long Weekend

Live cattle futures were cautiously 12 cents lower to 17 cents higher at the Friday settlement, awaiting the USDA Cattle on Feed report after the close. Cash trade was the week saw action at $187 in the...

LEM24 : 184.550s (+0.46%)
LEQ24 : 181.825s (+0.39%)
LEV24 : 184.400s (+0.24%)
GFQ24 : 264.600s (+1.68%)
GFU24 : 265.700s (+1.51%)
GFV24 : 266.250s (+1.41%)
Hogs Shift Focus to Short Week

Lean hogs were hanging around UNCH at midday, but tipped lower into the close. Changes for the day were 25 lower to 2 cents higher. USDA’s National Average Base Hog negotiated price was reported at...

HEM24 : 93.800s (-0.50%)
HEN24 : 96.525s (-0.72%)
HEQ24 : 96.100s (-0.83%)
Copper calendar spread and a Feeder Cattle calendar spread

Copper successfully surpassed the overhead resistance by the end of the week on May 17. However, this week saw a decline of (5.5%) in Copper's value, failing to sustain the breakthrough. On the lower right...

Grains Analysis & Why You Need Fibonacci

Educational and Actionable information using Fibonacci and W.D. Gann analysis.

ZCN24 : 462-4s (-0.48%)
ZWN24 : 700-2s (+0.43%)
ZSN24 : 1229-4s (-1.48%)
Grain rally continues, but key resistance nears

May Cattle-on-feed lowest in 4 years

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 270.408
2nd Resistance Point 267.567
1st Resistance Point 266.083
Last Price 264.600s
1st Support Level 261.758
2nd Support Level 258.917
3rd Support Level 257.433

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52-Week High 282.925
Last Price 264.600s
Fibonacci 61.8% 262.517
Fibonacci 50% 256.212
Fibonacci 38.2% 249.908
52-Week Low 229.500

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