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Lean Hogs May '22 (HEK22)

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Lean Hogs Futures Market News and Commentary

Hogs Sharply Higher As Cutout Futures Also Gained

Front month lean hog futures closed the Friday session with gains of $1.97 to $3.12. Feb and April led the way each with $3+ gains. USDA’s National Average Afternoon Base hog price for Friday was $2.49 weaker to $63.84. The CME Lean Hog Index from 1/12 was 46 cents weaker at $74.60.  

CoT data showed managed money funds were 6,870 contracts less net long in lean hogs during the week that ended 1/11. That left the group 48,804 contracts net long, and was driven mainly by long liquidation.

Pork cutout futures were also up by triple digits on Friday, having gained $2.32 to $3.27. are also up triple digits. USDA’s National Pork Carcass Cutout Value backed off on Friday, as hams pulled back by $18.09. The cutout was $6.21 weaker to $89.7 in the PM update. USDA estimated FI hog slaughter at 2.4070m head for the week through Saturday. That trails last week by 161k head and last year by 237k head. YTD slaughter is trailing 2021’s pace by 825k head.  

Feb 22 Hogs  closed at... Read more

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
$2,090/1,900
First Notice Date
05/13/22 (115 days)
Expiration Date
05/13/22 (115 days)

Seasonal Chart

Lean Hogs May '22
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior May Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jan 11, 2022

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Commercials - Long / Short
79,836 (+1,114)
114,775 (-5,343)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
83,199 (-2,704)
32,545 (+3,031)
Producers - Long / Short
9,927 (+1,075)
103,068 (-3,269)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
64,487 (+2,232)
6,285 (+119)
Managed Money - Long / Short
60,872 (-3,907)
13,538 (+2,743)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
22,327 (+1,203)
19,007 (+288)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
88.600 +5.64%
on 12/21/21
94.000 -0.43%
on 01/07/22
+3.725 (+4.14%)
since 12/17/21
3-Month
83.125 +12.60%
on 10/28/21
94.000 -0.43%
on 01/07/22
+3.950 (+4.41%)
since 10/18/21
52-Week
78.725 +18.89%
on 01/19/21
94.100 -0.53%
on 06/10/21
+14.950 (+19.01%)
since 01/15/21

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Hogs Sharply Higher As Cutout Futures Also Gained

Front month lean hog futures closed the Friday session with gains of $1.97 to $3.12. Feb and April led the way each with $3+ gains. USDA’s National Average Afternoon Base hog price for Friday was $2.49...

HEG22 : 80.675 (-0.28%)
HEK22 : 93.650 (unch)
KMG22 : 93.425 (-0.40%)
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Front month live cattle futures ended the session with gains of $0.55 to $1.15. Cash trade for the week picked up after light action during the past few holiday weeks. Sales were wide ranging early from...

LEG22 : 138.300 (+0.24%)
LEM22 : 137.625 (unch)
GFF22 : 161.875 (-0.51%)
GFH22 : 165.950 (-0.26%)
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Hogs Rally into Extended Weekend

Front month lean hog futures closed the Friday session with gains of $1.97 to $3.12. Feb and April led the way each with $3+ gains. The market will be closed on Monday in recognition of Martin Luther King...

HEG22 : 80.675 (-0.28%)
HEK22 : 93.650 (unch)
KMG22 : 93.425 (-0.40%)
Cattle Market Rallies into Weekend

Front month live cattle futures ended the session with gains of $0.55 to $1.15. Cash trade for the week picked up after light action during the past few holiday weeks. Sales were wide ranging early from...

LEG22 : 138.300 (+0.24%)
LEM22 : 137.625 (unch)
GFF22 : 161.875 (-0.51%)
GFH22 : 165.950 (-0.26%)
Shootin' the Bull

In my opinion, the cattle market is believed seeing a wall of worry being built in front of it. 

Cattle Market Higher for Midday

Midday cattle prices are trading higher, with triple digit gains for Feb and April. Feeder cattle prices are 20 to 32 cents stronger as well. USDA has seen cash trade from $134 to $138 for the week calling...

LEG22 : 138.300 (+0.24%)
LEM22 : 137.625 (unch)
GFF22 : 161.875 (-0.51%)
GFH22 : 165.950 (-0.26%)
Hog Prices Higher by Triple Digits

Lean hog futures are trading $1.60 to $3 in the black led by Feb and April. USDA’s National Average Morning Base hog price for Friday was $3.21 stronger to $62.07. The CME Lean Hog Index from 1/12 was...

HEG22 : 80.675 (-0.28%)
HEK22 : 93.650 (unch)
KMG22 : 93.425 (-0.40%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 95.392
2nd Resistance Point 94.583
1st Resistance Point 94.117
Last Price 93.650
1st Support Level 92.842
2nd Support Level 92.033
3rd Support Level 91.567

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52-Week High 94.100
Last Price 93.650
Fibonacci 61.8% 88.227
Fibonacci 50% 86.412
Fibonacci 38.2% 84.598
52-Week Low 78.725

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