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Live Cattle Dec '21 (LEZ21)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Market Gains on Friday

Live cattle futures were 22 to 75 cents higher on the board at the close. For December fats, that completed the week as a net 72 cent gain. Catch up sales on Friday were reported mostly at $124, matching the week’s bulk. USDA noted most dressed sales for the week were near $196, though the range was as low as $193 to as high as $200. Feeder cattle closed 72 to 85 cents in the red. The 10/14 CME Feeder Cattle Index was 66 cents lower at $153.35.    

USDA’s weekly Export Sales data showed beef bookings during the week of 10/7 were 15,741 MT. That was firm with last week, but down 24% from the same week last year. USDA reported Japan as the week’s top buyer with 4.4k MT, and China at 3.4k. Japan was also the top destination with 4.4k MT of the week’s 15.5k MT total. Accumulated beef exports were 719,932 MT through 10/7, up 17% yr/yr.  

CFTC reported short covering through the week ending 10/12 from live cattle spec traders. That left the managed money funds 10,312 contracts... 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
12/06/21 (49 days)
Expiration Date
12/31/21 (74 days)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Oct 12, 2021

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Commercials - Long / Short
125,280 (-4,845)
161,102 (+2,277)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
91,514 (+2,586)
48,725 (-6,351)
Producers - Long / Short
34,503 (-4,510)
154,919 (+1,586)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
86,384 (-685)
1,790 (+341)
Managed Money - Long / Short
69,006 (+3,949)
37,147 (-6,123)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
22,508 (-1,363)
11,578 (-228)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
125.000 +4.78%
on 10/01/21
131.075 -0.08%
on 10/15/21
+1.525 (+1.18%)
since 09/15/21
3-Month
125.000 +4.78%
on 10/01/21
138.225 -5.25%
on 08/24/21
-0.825 (-0.63%)
since 07/15/21
52-Week
109.025 +20.13%
on 10/20/20
138.225 -5.25%
on 08/24/21
+18.450 (+16.40%)
since 10/15/20

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Morning Comments; Friday, October 15th, 2021

Short Covering Develops

Triple Digit Bounce Back in Cattle

Live cattle futures were back up by $0.97 to $1.30 on Thursday. The CME showed no delivery activity for October contracts through 10/13. The oldest long was dated May 28th. Cash trade for the week has...

LEV21 : 125.975s (+0.18%)
LEG22 : 135.350s (+0.52%)
GFV21 : 157.575s (-0.54%)
GFX21 : 161.425s (-0.45%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 132.475
2nd Resistance Point 131.775
1st Resistance Point 131.375
Last Price 130.975s
1st Support Level 130.275
2nd Support Level 129.575
3rd Support Level 129.175

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52-Week High 138.225
Last Price 130.975s
Fibonacci 61.8% 127.071
Fibonacci 50% 123.625
Fibonacci 38.2% 120.179
52-Week Low 109.025

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