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Feeder Cattle Oct '24 (GFV24)

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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Pushing Higher at Midday

Live cattle are trading 30 to 70 cents higher through the midday session. Cash action has centered around $188 in the South so far this week, with northern trade at $198. Feeder cattle are posting $1.35 to $2.20 gains across the front months on Friday. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was $3.38 on July 10 at $261.53. 

USDA wholesale Boxed Beef prices were mixed in the Friday AM report. Choice boxes were back up 51 cents to $322.16/cwt, with Select 21 cents lower at $303.13. The Chc/Select spread narrowed to $18.99. USDA estimated Thursday’s FI slaughter at 122,000 head, with the WTD total at 475,000 head. That is well above last week’s holiday but down 38,418 head below the same week last year.

Aug 24 Live Cattle  are at $182.625, up $0.375,

Oct 24 Live Cattle  are at $184.200, up $0.700,

Dec 24 Live Cattle  are at $185.575, up $0.525,

Aug 24 Feeder Cattle  are at $258.350, up $2.200

Sep 24 Feeder Cattle  are at $257.875, up $1.525

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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
10/31/24 (111 days)
Expiration Date
10/31/24 (111 days)

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jul 9, 2024

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Commercials - Long / Short
17,019 (-64)
8,732 (-925)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
10,973 (-839)
15,745 (+607)
Producers - Long / Short
12,988 (+327)
7,694 (-660)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
3,125 (-195)
132 (-69)
Managed Money - Long / Short
8,229 (-559)
6,024 (+841)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
2,744 (-280)
9,721 (-234)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
254.000 +1.40%
on 07/10/24
264.600 -2.66%
on 06/17/24
-1.300 (-0.50%)
since 06/12/24
3-Month
248.500 +3.64%
on 04/15/24
266.675 -3.42%
on 05/29/24
+9.650 (+3.89%)
since 04/12/24

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Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 261.433
2nd Resistance Point 259.717
1st Resistance Point 258.633
Last Price 257.550s
1st Support Level 255.833
2nd Support Level 254.117
3rd Support Level 253.033

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52-Week High 275.175
Fibonacci 61.8% 260.019
Last Price 257.550s
Fibonacci 50% 255.337
Fibonacci 38.2% 250.656
52-Week Low 235.500

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