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Lean Hogs Dec '20 (HEZ20)

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Lean Hogs Futures Market News and Commentary

Hogs Lower at Close

At the closing bell for the midweek session, lean hog futures were a nickel to 82 cents weaker. Dec is once again premium to Feb. The October 19 CME Lean Hog Index was $78.62, up by 35 cents. USDA’s National Average Base Hog price was back up by $1.38 in the afternoon update at $63.22. USDA’s National Pork Carcass Cutout value was $1.25 higher on 10/21 to $98.16 cwt. Hams were up $16.63, but the other primal cuts were mostly lower. Looking ahead to the 2021 Lunar New Year celebration in China, pork prices are currently running 30% higher yr/yr. China’s September pig herd was 370m head, which was down 16% from 2017. The Ag Ministry set a goal to maintain at least 80% of normal levels by the year end. They anticipate that pork prices for that holiday period will be lower due to both improved production and heavy imports. Federally inspected hog slaughter for the week through Wednesday is 1.457 million head. That is 2k head higher wk/wk, but 13,000 below the same week last year.

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Contract Specifications

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Contract
Lean Hogs
Contract Size
40,000 pounds
Tick Size
0.00025 per pound ($10.00 per contract)
Trading Hours
8:30a.m. - 1:05p.m. (Settles 1:00p.m.) CST
Exchange
CME
Point Value
$400
Margin/Maintenance
$3,135/2,850
First Notice Date
12/14/20 (53 days)
Expiration Date
12/14/20 (53 days)

Seasonal Chart

Lean Hogs Dec '20
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Dec Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Oct 13, 2020

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Commercials - Long / Short
76,962 (-104)
110,317 (-1,605)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
80,189 (-397)
40,209 (+443)
Producers - Long / Short
15,074 (+1,236)
99,881 (-1,263)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
55,768 (-1,192)
4,316 (-194)
Managed Money - Long / Short
55,511 (-1,110)
20,711 (-1,504)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
24,678 (+713)
19,498 (+1,947)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
61.575 +12.38%
on 09/29/20
72.800 -4.95%
on 10/19/20
+7.650 (+12.43%)
since 09/21/20
3-Month
49.400 +40.08%
on 07/31/20
72.800 -4.95%
on 10/19/20
+17.650 (+34.24%)
since 07/21/20
52-Week
47.250 +46.46%
on 04/06/20
72.800 -4.95%
on 10/19/20
-2.650 (-3.69%)
since 10/21/19

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Barchart Trading Guide

The Barchart Trading Guide is a Buy Signal with a Maximum Signal Strength.

Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 71.600
1st Resistance Point 70.400
Last Price 69.200s
1st Support Level 68.425
2nd Support Level 67.650

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52-Week High 72.800
Last Price 69.200s
Fibonacci 61.8% 63.040
Fibonacci 50% 60.025
Fibonacci 38.2% 57.010
52-Week Low 47.250

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