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Live Cattle Feb '20 (LEG20)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Market Momentum Slipping, Awaiting Cash Direction

Live cattle futures finished mostly in the red yesterday. Apr was down the most, dropping 20 cents after Tuesday’s trading. Feeder cattle futures also made afternoon recoveries. The last trading day for Nov FC futures is Thursday. They gained 22 cents, while Jan and Mar closed 25 to 45 cents lower on the day. The 11/18 CME Feeder Cattle index was lower by 15 cents to $146.54. Afternoon boxed beef prices were modestly lower. Choice boxes gave back 11 cents, at $239.01. Select boxes were 12 cents lower, to $215.47. The USDA reported minimal cash trading activity through the day with a handful of steers sold between $114-$116. The Fed Cattle Exchange online auction will feature 1398 head, 63% NE, 28% KS. The trade deal with Japan has been ratified by the lower house of the Japanese parliament; the upper house is expected to also sign off on the deal to ratify it into law by December 9th. The trade deal is set to reduce tariffs on beef, pork, wheat and wine to levels similar to those gi... Read more

Contract Specifications

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Contract
Live Cattle
Contract Size
40,000 pounds
Tick Size
0.025 cents 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
02/14/20 (86 days)
Expiration Date
02/28/20 (100 days)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Nov 12, 2019

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Commercials - Long / Short
127,631 (-825)
185,086 (+7,533)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
128,301 (+8,643)
53,665 (-2,964)
Producers - Long / Short
38,239 (-2,601)
179,395 (+7,903)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
87,016 (+2,795)
3,315 (+649)
Managed Money - Long / Short
99,575 (+8,154)
25,558 (-5,365)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
28,726 (+489)
28,107 (+2,401)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
118.575 +5.65%
on 10/21/19
125.775 -0.40%
on 11/12/19
+6.200 (+5.21%)
since 10/18/19
3-Month
105.125 +19.17%
on 09/09/19
125.775 -0.40%
on 11/12/19
+15.525 (+14.15%)
since 08/20/19
52-Week
105.125 +19.17%
on 09/09/19
126.300 -0.81%
on 04/18/19
+8.075 (+6.89%)
since 11/20/18

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Barchart Technical Opinion

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 64% Buy with a Average short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

Longer term, the trend strength is Strong. Long term indicators fully support a continuation of the trend.

The market is approaching overbought territory. Be watchful of a trend reversal.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 125.750
1st Resistance Point 125.400
Last Price 125.250
1st Support Level 124.425
2nd Support Level 123.800

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52-Week High 126.300
Last Price 125.250
Fibonacci 61.8% 118.211
Fibonacci 50% 115.713
Fibonacci 38.2% 113.214
52-Week Low 105.125

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