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Feeder Cattle May '21 (GFK21)

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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Futures Lower While Feeders Are Mixed

On Monday the cattle futures market ended mixed. Fat cattle futures were down 2 to 70 cents, with the sharper losses in spring months. Feeder cattle futures, on the other hand, were mostly higher capturing the weakness from corn prices. Feeders closed 7 to 62 cents higher on the board, save for a 25 cent drop in April contracts. Cash cattle sales for the week are yet to be established, trade last week was mostly $123+. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was up 65 cents on 4/8 to $141.91.     

Wholesale Boxed Beef prices were mixed on Monday, tightening the Chc/Sel spread to $5.25. Choice boxes were down $0.76 to $271.41 and Select was up by $2.09. USDA’s estimate for Monday’s FI cattle slaughter is 112,000 head.

Apr 21 Cattle  closed at $122.725, down $0.700,

Aug 21 Cattle  closed at $121.950, down $0.450,

Apr 21 Feeder Cattle  closed at $144.500, down $0.250

May 21 Feeder Cattle  closed at $149.700, up $0.075

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
$3,190/2,900
First Notice Date
05/27/21 (44 days)
Expiration Date
05/27/21 (44 days)

Seasonal Chart

Feeder Cattle May '21
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior May Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Apr 6, 2021

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Commercials - Long / Short
14,850 (+426)
10,563 (+134)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
19,934 (-307)
12,381 (-1,010)
Producers - Long / Short
6,324 (+387)
9,408 (-19)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
7,534 (-106)
163 (+8)
Managed Money - Long / Short
14,248 (+6)
8,568 (-938)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
5,686 (-313)
3,813 (-72)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
143.650 +3.48%
on 03/19/21
153.475 -3.14%
on 03/30/21
+0.275 (+0.19%)
since 03/12/21
3-Month
137.575 +8.05%
on 01/14/21
153.475 -3.14%
on 03/30/21
+10.000 (+7.21%)
since 01/13/21

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Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 151.950
2nd Resistance Point 151.350
1st Resistance Point 150.525
Last Price 148.625
1st Support Level 149.100
2nd Support Level 148.500
3rd Support Level 147.675

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52-Week High 153.475
Last Price 148.625
Fibonacci 61.8% 143.362
Fibonacci 50% 140.238
Fibonacci 38.2% 137.113
52-Week Low 127.000

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