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Feeder Cattle Aug '24 (GFQ24)

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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Settled Mixed Ahead of the USDA CoF Release

Live cattle futures were cautiously 12 cents lower to 17 cents higher at the Friday settlement, awaiting the USDA Cattle on Feed report after the close. Cash trade was the week saw action at $187 in the south, with trade in the north mainly at $192, with some coming in at $193.50. Feeder cattle were weaker, down $.67 to $1.22 and higher corn and lower LC were not a bullish combination for the walking inputs. The CME Feeder Cattle index was up another $1.33 on May 23 to $250.14. 

Cattle on Feed data from Friday showed April placements down 5.8% at 1.656 million head, as April Marketings were up 10.12% to 1.872 million head. That tool the May 1 on feed inventory to 11.554 million head, now down 0.86% from last year. Cold Storage data was also released showing 430.683 million lbs of beef in stocks at the end of April. That was a drop of 0.88% from the previous month and 4.73% below a year ago (vs. the 9.06% yr/yr drop in the month prior).

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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
$4,537/4,125
First Notice Date
08/29/24 (95 days)
Expiration Date
08/29/24 (95 days)

Seasonal Chart

Feeder Cattle Aug '24
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Aug Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of May 21, 2024

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Commercials - Long / Short
16,040 (+528)
9,262 (-459)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
14,003 (-115)
15,191 (+630)
Producers - Long / Short
11,601 (+284)
8,224 (-373)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
3,633 (+305)
232 (-25)
Managed Money - Long / Short
9,883 (-34)
5,679 (+173)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
4,120 (-81)
9,512 (+457)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
249.050 +4.49%
on 05/10/24
263.375 -1.20%
on 05/23/24
+3.925 (+1.53%)
since 04/24/24
3-Month
243.275 +6.97%
on 04/12/24
271.750 -4.24%
on 02/26/24
-10.650 (-3.93%)
since 02/23/24

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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 264.767
2nd Resistance Point 263.408
1st Resistance Point 261.817
Last Price 260.225s
1st Support Level 258.867
2nd Support Level 257.508
3rd Support Level 255.917

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52-Week High 282.925
Fibonacci 61.8% 262.517
Last Price 260.225s
Fibonacci 50% 256.212
Fibonacci 38.2% 249.908
52-Week Low 229.500

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