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Live Cattle Apr '20 (LEJ20)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Close Mostly Higher

Live cattle futures came back from midday lows and ended the week on a high note with Friday gains of 22 to 82 cents in the nearbys. Feb futures were $1.075 lower wk/wk. As for nearby feeder futures, prices made a turnaround since posting midday losses and ended the Friday session with gains of 7 to 17 cents, save for Jan futures which were down by 7. The Friday drop also put futures $2.25 lower on the week. The CME Feeder Cattle index was down by 61 cents on 01/16 to $145.74. Within the weekly CoT report, cattle spec traders were more net long wk/wk, open interest was up 3,427 contracts wk/wk. As for feeder cattle, managed money was shown at 6,913 contracts long following a 1,606 contract strengthening in their position wk/wk. The USDA noted that Friday sales were mostly low, in the South and in NE sales were made at $124, and dressed went for $199 to $200. Afternoon boxed beef prices were higher. Choice boxes were $1.27 higher, and select boxes were up by $1.28. Weekly cattle slau... 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
04/06/20 (79 days)
Expiration Date
04/30/20 (103 days)

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jan 14, 2020

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Commercials - Long / Short
145,585 (+4,938)
209,927 (+5,034)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
145,589 (+3,358)
58,900 (+1,669)
Producers - Long / Short
44,235 (+1,861)
203,044 (+6,223)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
100,333 (+4,254)
5,866 (-12)
Managed Money - Long / Short
113,210 (+2,889)
33,998 (+710)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
32,379 (+469)
24,902 (+959)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
125.275 +1.58%
on 01/16/20
128.300 -0.82%
on 01/06/20
-0.075 (-0.06%)
since 12/17/19
3-Month
119.725 +6.29%
on 10/18/19
128.550 -1.01%
on 12/16/19
+5.850 (+4.82%)
since 10/17/19
52-Week
109.375 +16.34%
on 09/09/19
128.550 -1.01%
on 12/16/19
+9.025 (+7.63%)
since 01/17/19

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The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 40% Buy with a Weakest 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 128.400
1st Resistance Point 127.825
Last Price 127.250s
1st Support Level 126.150
2nd Support Level 125.050

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52-Week High 128.550
Last Price 127.250s
Fibonacci 61.8% 121.225
Fibonacci 50% 118.963
Fibonacci 38.2% 116.700
52-Week Low 109.375

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