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Live Cattle Dec '20 (LEZ20)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Market Has Mixed Reaction to COF Report

Following midday losses, live cattle futures recovered to close mixed on Monday. October fats closed at $103.97, with OI dropping ahead of Friday expiration. Feeders ended the first trade day of the week with $0.92 to $1.22 gains. October feeders closed at $133.70 with 1,379 contracts open as of Friday. They expire on Thursday. The CME Feeder Cattle Index dropped another $0.31 to $133.70 on 10/23. Monday cash trading was quiet save for very limited WCB deals at $103. The bulk sales last week were near $104 for the North and $106 in the South. Wholesale boxed beef prices were mixed in the PM report, and widened the Chc/Sel spread to $19.34. USDA reported Choice boxes at $207.83 cwt. and Select boxes at $188.49. That was a 34 cent bump and $2.91 drop respectively. USDA estimates the start to this week’s FI cattle slaughter at 118,000 head for Monday.

--- provided by Brugler Marketing & Management

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
$1,980/1,800
First Notice Date
12/07/20 (41 days)
Expiration Date
12/31/20 (65 days)

Seasonal Chart

Live Cattle Dec '20
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Dec Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Oct 20, 2020

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Commercials - Long / Short
108,419 (+3,628)
144,598 (-9,378)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
89,369 (-7,231)
48,024 (+8,500)
Producers - Long / Short
29,250 (+6,638)
138,750 (-9,351)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
75,041 (-2,924)
1,720 (+59)
Managed Money - Long / Short
66,958 (-8,463)
33,571 (+12,472)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
22,411 (+1,232)
14,453 (-3,972)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
102.525 +1.34%
on 10/26/20
113.575 -8.52%
on 09/30/20
-7.500 (-6.73%)
since 09/25/20
3-Month
102.525 +1.34%
on 10/26/20
114.025 -8.88%
on 08/19/20
-4.175 (-3.86%)
since 07/27/20
52-Week
89.250 +16.41%
on 04/06/20
122.300 -15.04%
on 01/15/20
-12.625 (-10.83%)
since 10/25/19

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 105.050
1st Resistance Point 104.225
Last Price 103.875
1st Support Level 102.550
2nd Support Level 101.700

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52-Week High 122.300
Fibonacci 61.8% 109.675
Fibonacci 50% 105.775
Last Price 103.875
Fibonacci 38.2% 101.875
52-Week Low 89.250

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