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Feeder Cattle Aug '18 (GFQ18)

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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Close Lower, USDA Shows Lighter Than Expected Placements

Live cattle futures were 20 to 40 cents lower in most contracts on Friday, with June up 37.5 cents. Feeder cattle futures were steady to 57.5 cents lower, as August was up 20 cents. After the close, the Cattle on Feed report showed April placements up 8.67% from year ago at 1.842 million head, below most estimates. Marketings were up 6.93% from last year at 1.928 million head. The May 1 on feed inventory was pegged at 11.818 million head, up 2.25% and lighter than expectations. The CME feeder cattle index was up $3.11 to $136.81 on May 23. Wholesale boxed beef prices were higher on Friday afternoon. Choice boxes were up 85 cents at $221.64 with Select boxes $1.94 higher @ $208.47. USDA has this week’s FI cattle slaughter at 641,000 head through Saturday. Cash trade this week was seen at $115 in the South and $115-116 in the North. The large managed money spec funds continue to liquidate their long position, with the Commitment of Traders report showing their net short position at 72,705 contracts on Tuesday. Jun 19 Cattle closed at $111.175, up $0.375, Aug 19 Cattle closed at $107.950, down $0.200, Oct 19 Cattle closed at $107.775, down $0.275, Aug 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $143.225, up $0.200 Sep 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $143.875, down $0.125 Oct 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $144.225, down $0.525 --provided by Brugler Marketing & Management

Contract Specifications

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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
Point Value
First Notice Date
Expiration Date
08/30/18 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

Feeder Cattle Aug '18
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Aug Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of May 21, 2019

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Commercials - Long / Short
15,068 (+533)
10,643 (-496)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
17,315 (+154)
18,889 (+2,363)
Producers - Long / Short
7,916 (+1,011)
8,728 (-221)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
6,376 (-114)
1,139 (+89)
Managed Money - Long / Short
11,296 (+361)
15,984 (+2,362)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
6,019 (-207)
2,905 (+1)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
148.250 +1.17%
on 08/14/18
153.000 -1.97%
on 08/06/18
+0.655 (+0.44%)
since 07/31/18
142.175 +5.49%
on 06/15/18
154.925 -3.19%
on 07/19/18
+2.580 (+1.75%)
since 05/31/18

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The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 24% Sell with a Weakening short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

Longer term, the trend strength is Minimum.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 149.980
1st Resistance Point 149.980
Last Price 149.980s
1st Support Level 149.980
2nd Support Level 149.980

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52-Week High 159.200
Last Price 149.980s
Fibonacci 61.8% 149.956
Fibonacci 50% 147.100
Fibonacci 38.2% 144.244
52-Week Low 135.000

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