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Live Cattle Jun '20 (LEM20)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Market Basis Strength Continues

The last trade day of the week had April cattle futures down the expanded limit, and they will trade with expanded limits again on Monday. April cattle futures were still $2.30 higher Fri/Fri after 4 limit move days out of five! Feeder cattle futures were down the expanded limit in the front months. May feeders posted a $2.67 gain for the week. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was up another $1.94 to $130.44 on 03/26. Cash cattle trade was $117 to $120.50 last week, with the bulk at $120. Dressed trades were $188 to $190. The Commitment of Traders report on Friday showed cattle spec funds flipped net short for only the 4th time on record (going back to June 2006). Managed money was 1,608 contracts net short in feeder cattle, which was 1,112 contracts less short wk/wk. Afternoon boxed beef prices were mixed, with the Chc/Sel spread tighter to $10.46. Choice boxes were $252.84 cwt., down $0.73. Select boxes were $242.38 cwt., up $0.21. USDA estimated the week’s FI cattle slaughter at 676,0... 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
$2,365/2,150
First Notice Date
06/08/20 (70 days)
Expiration Date
06/30/20 (92 days)

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Mar 24, 2020

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Commercials - Long / Short
124,769 (-6,536)
143,264 (+2,213)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
77,494 (-4,201)
55,494 (-9,757)
Producers - Long / Short
51,765 (+133)
136,124 (+2,918)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
69,679 (-5,896)
3,815 (+68)
Managed Money - Long / Short
42,178 (-9,387)
47,514 (-5,925)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
35,316 (+5,186)
7,980 (-3,832)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
85.250 +2.82%
on 03/18/20
105.925 -17.25%
on 03/03/20
-13.550 (-13.39%)
since 02/28/20
3-Month
85.250 +2.82%
on 03/18/20
119.900 -26.90%
on 01/14/20
-31.450 (-26.41%)
since 12/27/19
52-Week
85.250 +2.82%
on 03/18/20
120.500 -27.26%
on 04/18/19
-29.400 (-25.12%)
since 03/29/19

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Barchart Technical Opinion

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 96% Sell with a Strongest short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

Long term indicators fully support a continuation of the trend.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 94.108
1st Resistance Point 91.767
Last Price 88.250
1st Support Level 88.067
2nd Support Level 86.708

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52-Week High 120.500
Fibonacci 61.8% 107.035
Fibonacci 50% 102.875
Fibonacci 38.2% 98.715
Last Price 88.250
52-Week Low 85.250

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