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Feeder Cattle May '23 (GFK23)
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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Settle Mixed on Friday

Live cattle futures bounced into the weekend, though feeder futures stayed under pressure from the grain rally. At the bell the front month fats were 40 to 85 cents higher, with left April at a 67 cent gain for the week. April feeders stayed 15 cents higher for the week, but closed 20 cents lower on Friday. The week’s cash cattle trade was heaviest on Wednesday from $162 to $166, with the bulk of action near $163 in the South and $165 in the WCB. CME’s 3/23 Feeder Cattle Index was up by $1.07 to $188.85. 

Weekly Commitment of Traders data showed a massive long liquidation from the live cattle spec traders during the week that ended 3/21. That reduced their net long by 28.8k contracts (the largest single week bear move on record) to 63,749. Feeder cattle spec traders were 7,141 contracts net long as of 3/21. That was a 3,227 contract weaker net long for the week. 

China is set to lift the import ban on Brazilian beef put in place following BSE’s discovery in late February... Read more

Contract Specifications

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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
Point Value
First Notice Date
05/25/23 (61 days)
Expiration Date
05/25/23 (61 days)

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Feeder Cattle May '23
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior May Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Mar 21, 2023

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Commercials - Long / Short
13,675 (+886)
13,045 (-467)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
22,192 (-2,850)
15,442 (-130)
Producers - Long / Short
9,242 (+640)
9,552 (-631)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
1,459 (+10)
519 (-72)
Managed Money - Long / Short
16,921 (-2,606)
10,385 (+755)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
5,271 (-244)
5,057 (-885)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
196.650 +0.46%
on 03/24/23
207.025 -4.58%
on 03/09/23
-0.500 (-0.25%)
since 02/24/23
188.850 +4.61%
on 01/19/23
207.025 -4.58%
on 03/09/23
+4.275 (+2.21%)
since 12/23/22

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Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 200.500
2nd Resistance Point 199.550
1st Resistance Point 198.550
Last Price 197.550s
1st Support Level 196.600
2nd Support Level 195.650
3rd Support Level 194.650

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52-Week High 207.025
Last Price 197.550s
Fibonacci 61.8% 196.052
Fibonacci 50% 192.663
Fibonacci 38.2% 189.273
52-Week Low 178.300

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