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Lean Hogs Apr '20 (HEJ20)

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Lean Hogs Futures Market News and Commentary

Hogs Post Wednesday Gains

Lean hog futures climbed triple digits on Wednesday trading, with April contracts the strongest. Front month futures closed $1.75 to $2.07 higher on Wednesday. The CME Lean Hog Index for 2/17 was down $0.31 to $55.66. USDA’s Livestock and Poultry report updated the Chinese hog production estimates, 2019 was estimated at 14% lower yr/yr with 2020 production expected to fall an additional 23%. Consumption was only estimated 10% lower yr/yr for 2019, with an additional 9.434 MMT (19%) reduction in 2020. USDA’s Pork Carcass Cutout value was down $1 to $64.01 in the afternoon update. The primal cuts were firm and mixed, hams were the biggest movers down by $2.57. USDA’s National Average Base Hog price was $0.19 higher at $49.83 on Wednesday. USDA estimated WTD FI hog slaughter at 1.471 million head. That is 6,000 head below last week but outpaces the same week last year by 65,000 head.

Apr 20 Hogs closed at $67.575, up $2.075,

May 20 Hogs closed at $75.300... Read more

Contract Specifications

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Lean Hogs
Contract Size
40,000 pounds
Tick Size
0.025 cents per pound ($10.00 per contract)
Trading Hours
8:30a.m. - 1:05p.m. (Settles 1:00p.m.) CST
Point Value
First Notice Date
04/15/20 (55 days)
Expiration Date
04/15/20 (55 days)

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Feb 11, 2020

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Commercials - Long / Short
107,541 (-4,112)
113,848 (-2,364)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
96,817 (-982)
88,802 (+210)
Producers - Long / Short
54,793 (-1,860)
102,031 (-2,256)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
48,108 (-1,801)
7,177 (+343)
Managed Money - Long / Short
69,142 (+1,460)
62,088 (+3,104)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
27,675 (-2,442)
26,714 (-2,894)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
61.000 +10.78%
on 02/03/20
75.975 -11.06%
on 01/23/20
-6.525 (-8.81%)
since 01/17/20
61.000 +10.78%
on 02/03/20
78.825 -14.27%
on 01/02/20
-8.175 (-10.79%)
since 11/19/19
61.000 +10.78%
on 02/03/20
90.850 -25.62%
on 04/18/19
-2.275 (-3.26%)
since 02/19/19

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Barchart Technical Opinion

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 16% Sell with a Weakening short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

Long term indicators fully support a continuation of the trend.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 69.675
1st Resistance Point 68.625
Last Price 67.575s
1st Support Level 66.150
2nd Support Level 64.725

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52-Week High 90.850
Fibonacci 61.8% 79.447
Fibonacci 50% 75.925
Fibonacci 38.2% 72.403
Last Price 67.575s
52-Week Low 61.000

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