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Live Cattle Jun '21 (LEM21)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Give Back Triple Digits on Friday

Live cattle futures closed the Friday session with losses of $0.72 to $2.45, with April the firmest and June the weakest. Through the week, the April/June spread corrected from a $2.25 discount to an 85 cent premium. USDA confirmed some more $125 trade in the WCB on Friday, for the week cash trades ranged $120 - $125 with the bulk near $123. Feeder cattle futures closed Friday with $1.45 to $2.37 losses. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was up 28 cents on 4/6 at $139.98.     

USDA shifted quarterly beef production, decrease Q1 and Q2 by a combined 95m lbs, but increasing Q3 and Q4 production by 90 and 65 million respectively. On net, 2021 beef production was forecasted 60m lbs higher to 27.640 billion lbs.

Wholesale Boxed Beef prices were higher on Friday, adding $1.67 to Choice at $272.17. Select boxes were up 24 cents to $264.07 cwt. USDA’s estimate for the week’s FI cattle slaughter is 641,000 head. That is up significantly from both last week and last year,... Read more

Contract Specifications

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Contract
Live Cattle
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
$1,760/1,600
First Notice Date
06/07/21 (57 days)
Expiration Date
06/30/21 (80 days)

Seasonal Chart

Live Cattle Jun '21
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Jun Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Apr 6, 2021

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Commercials - Long / Short
123,138 (-1,593)
205,837 (+6,479)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
134,251 (+8,716)
41,568 (-111)
Producers - Long / Short
32,001 (-2,164)
201,147 (+6,477)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
88,632 (+390)
2,185 (-179)
Managed Money - Long / Short
106,850 (+9,670)
19,631 (+1,102)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
27,401 (-954)
21,937 (-1,213)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
118.100 +3.79%
on 03/19/21
125.625 -2.43%
on 04/08/21
+2.925 (+2.44%)
since 03/09/21
3-Month
113.875 +7.64%
on 01/11/21
125.625 -2.43%
on 04/08/21
+7.300 (+6.33%)
since 01/08/21
52-Week
96.550 +26.95%
on 04/14/20
125.625 -2.43%
on 04/08/21
+22.725 (+22.76%)
since 04/09/20

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Hog Futures Higher at Midday

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Hog Futures Into New Highs for Year

Front month lean hogs continued to set new contract highs on Thursday, ending the session 42 to 97 cents in the black. August contracts closed 2 cents weaker as the market outlier. USDA’s National Average...

Cattle Futures Mostly Higher as Beef Prices Surge

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Cattle Mixed on Thursday

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Front month lean hogs continued to new contract highs on Thursday, ending the session 42 to 97 cents in the black. August contracts closed 2 cents weaker as the market outlier. USDA’s National Average...

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 127.008
2nd Resistance Point 125.992
1st Resistance Point 124.283
Last Price 122.575s
1st Support Level 121.558
2nd Support Level 120.542
3rd Support Level 118.833

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52-Week High 125.625
Last Price 122.575s
Fibonacci 61.8% 114.518
Fibonacci 50% 111.088
Fibonacci 38.2% 107.657
52-Week Low 96.550

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