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Feeder Cattle Apr '20 (GFJ20)

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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Limit Losses for Friday Cattle

The last trade day of the week had April cattle futures down the expanded limit, and they will trade with expanded limits again on Monday. April cattle futures were still $2.30 higher Fri/Fri after 4 limit move days. Feeder cattle futures were down the expanded limit in the front months. Wk/wk May feeders posted a $2.67 gain. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was up another $1.94 to $130.44 on 03/26. The cash market trades this week were $117 to $120.50 with the bulk at $120. Dressed were $188 to $190. The CFTC released their weekly Commitment of Traders report, showing cattle specs flipped net short for only the 4th time on record (going back to June 2006). Cattle spec trader OI was down 28,923 contracts over the last 2 weeks. Managed money was 1,608 contracts net short in feeder cattle, which was 1,112 contracts less short wk/wk. Afternoon boxed beef prices were mixed, with the Chc/Sel spread tighter to $10.46. Choice boxes were $252.84 cwt., down $0.73. Select boxes were $242.38 cwt.,... Read more

Contract Specifications

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Contract
Feeder Cattle
Contract Size
50,000 pounds
Tick Size
0.025 cents 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
$4,455/4,050
First Notice Date
04/30/20 (32 days)
Expiration Date
04/30/20 (32 days)

Seasonal Chart

Feeder Cattle Apr '20
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Apr Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Mar 24, 2020

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Commercials - Long / Short
9,933 (-402)
6,687 (+332)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
10,146 (-777)
9,646 (-2,204)
Producers - Long / Short
4,417 (-1,056)
4,758 (+131)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
4,466 (+459)
879 (+6)
Managed Money - Long / Short
6,508 (-729)
8,101 (-2,062)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
3,638 (-48)
1,545 (-142)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
108.100 +11.56%
on 03/16/20
137.275 -12.15%
on 03/03/20
-13.475 (-10.05%)
since 02/27/20
3-Month
108.100 +11.56%
on 03/16/20
150.325 -19.77%
on 01/10/20
-26.700 (-18.13%)
since 12/27/19

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Sell cattle, again?

Barchart Technical Opinion

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 64% Sell with a Strongest short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

Long term indicators fully support a continuation of the trend.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 124.233
1st Resistance Point 122.417
Last Price 120.600s
1st Support Level 119.692
2nd Support Level 118.783

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52-Week High 156.750
Fibonacci 61.8% 138.166
Fibonacci 50% 132.425
Fibonacci 38.2% 126.684
Last Price 120.600s
52-Week Low 108.100

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