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Feeder Cattle May '19 (GFK19)

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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Close Lower, USDA Shows 5-Year Low in April Beef Stocks

Live cattle futures saw 20 to 55 cent losses in most contracts on Wednesday. Feeder cattle futures were steady to 40 cents lower, with soon to expire May up $1.075. After Wednesday’s close, the Cold Storage report indicated 430.35 million lbs of beef were in coolers at the end of April, which is a 5-year low. That is down 4.78% from March and down 8.66% from a year ago. The CME feeder cattle index was down 9 cents to $132.16 on May 21. Wholesale boxed beef prices were mixed on Wednesday afternoon. Choice boxes were up 17 cents at $219.75 with Select boxes down 77 cents @ $205.81. USDA estimated this week’s FI cattle slaughter at 360,000 head through Wednesday. That was down 3,000 head from last Monday but up 1,000 from the same week last year. A few cash sales of $115 have been reported in the South so far on Wednesday, with $185-186 in the north. Friday’s Cattle on Feed report is expected to show May 1 on feed numbers up about 2.9% (average of traders surveyed) from a year ago at 11.893 million head. Jun 19 Cattle closed at $110.650, down $0.200, Aug 19 Cattle closed at $107.950, down $0.325, Oct 19 Cattle closed at $107.800, down $0.500, May 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $135.450, up $1.075 Aug 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $142.600, down $0.400 Sep 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $143.875, down $0.300 --provided by Brugler Marketing & Management

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
$3,080/2,800
First Notice Date
05/23/19
Expiration Date
05/23/19 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

Feeder Cattle May '19
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior May Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of May 14, 2019

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Commercials - Long / Short
14,535 (+117)
11,139 (-212)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
17,161 (+220)
16,526 (+2,065)
Producers - Long / Short
6,905 (+1,188)
8,949 (-158)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
6,490 (-1,018)
1,050 (-1)
Managed Money - Long / Short
10,935 (-286)
13,622 (+2,067)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
6,226 (+506)
2,904 (-2)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
132.425 +2.28%
on 05/17/19
151.075 -10.34%
on 04/23/19
-15.350 (-10.18%)
since 04/22/19
3-Month
132.425 +2.28%
on 05/17/19
155.300 -12.78%
on 03/22/19
-11.400 (-7.76%)
since 02/22/19

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Barchart Technical Opinion

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

Longer term, the trend strength is Strong. Long term indicators fully support a continuation of the trend.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 136.950
1st Resistance Point 136.200
Last Price 135.450s
1st Support Level 134.300
2nd Support Level 133.150

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52-Week High 155.350
Fibonacci 61.8% 146.593
Fibonacci 50% 143.888
Fibonacci 38.2% 141.182
Last Price 135.450s
52-Week Low 132.425

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