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Live Cattle Pit Aug '23 (LCQ23)
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Live Cattle (Pit) Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Drop into Weekend

Cattle ended the last trade day of the week with another triple digit pullback. December’s $2.50 loss on Friday left the contract $3.42 lower for the week but still $3.12 higher for the month after new all-time highs were set last week. USDA had Friday sales from $181 to $185, noting the bulk in the South was $183 for the week and the North was mostly $184 ($290 dressed). Feeder cattle futures settled Friday’s session $1.85 to $2.77 lower. October closed the downside gap from Sep’s expiration and finished the week at a net $6.67 loss and flipped red by $3.55 for the month’s move. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was $252.20 on 9/27 - September feeder cattle went off the board at $252.32.

Commitment of Traders data showed live cattle spec traders with a 101,860 contract net long for 9/26. That was 1,141 contracts weaker for the week. The funds were 3.7k contracts less net long in feeders, to 12,563 contracts. 

Wholesale Boxed Beef prices were weaker on Friday afternoon with a... Read more

Contract Specifications

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Live Cattle [Pit]
Contract Size
40,000 pounds
Tick Size
0.00025 per pound ($10.00 per contract)
Trading Hours
8:30a.m. - 1:02p.m. CST
Point Value
Expiration Date
08/31/23 (expired)

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Live Cattle Pit Aug '23
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
177.950 +1.00%
on 08/22/23
181.100 -0.76%
on 08/10/23
+1.675 (+0.94%)
since 07/31/23
169.700 +5.91%
on 06/20/23
181.325 -0.88%
on 07/19/23
+12.050 (+7.19%)
since 05/31/23
150.100 +19.74%
on 09/28/22
181.325 -0.88%
on 07/19/23
+26.600 (+17.37%)
since 08/26/22

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Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 179.725
2nd Resistance Point 179.725
1st Resistance Point 179.725
Last Price 179.725s
1st Support Level 179.725
2nd Support Level 179.725
3rd Support Level 179.725

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52-Week High 181.325
Last Price 179.725s
Fibonacci 61.8% 169.397
Fibonacci 50% 165.712
Fibonacci 38.2% 162.028
52-Week Low 150.100

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