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Live Cattle Apr '21 (LEJ21)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Market Gains for Weekend

Fat cattle futures closed the Friday session with $0.75 to $2.62 gains. The markets were closed prior to the monthly CoF numbers. Feeder cattle futures ended the last trade day of the week with gains of $1.37 to the limit of $5 (March). The CME Feeder Cattle Index recovered 38 cents on 1/20 to $133.19. Cash trade this week was mostly $110-$111 for TX, $109-$111 for KS and $109-$110 for North. There were some WCB deals for $106. USDA’s CoF report showed 11.965 million head at 1,000+ head feedlots. That was 7k head above Jan 2020, when trade was expecting a slight drop. December marketings were 1.04% higher yr/yr. December placements were 1.842m head, up 0.77% yr/yr. USDA’s weekly Export Sales report showed 24,500 MT of beef sold on the week ending 1/14. Wholesale Boxed Beef prices continued climbing. Choice boxes were up $1.62/cwt. to $222.82 and Select boxes were $3.06/cwt. higher at $213.34. CFTC reported live cattle spec traders were 46,227 contracts net long as of 1/19. For feede... 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
$1,980/1,800
First Notice Date
04/05/21 (73 days)
Expiration Date
04/30/21 (98 days)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jan 19, 2021

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Commercials - Long / Short
127,565 (+4,649)
168,390 (+3,356)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
101,532 (+3,037)
50,177 (+3,719)
Producers - Long / Short
42,775 (+705)
163,908 (+3,128)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
82,416 (+3,441)
2,108 (-275)
Managed Money - Long / Short
73,520 (+4,221)
31,132 (+1,859)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
28,012 (-1,184)
19,045 (+1,860)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
115.525 +6.06%
on 01/05/21
122.600 -0.06%
on 01/22/21
+4.875 (+4.14%)
since 12/22/20
3-Month
108.625 +12.80%
on 10/26/20
122.600 -0.06%
on 01/22/21
+12.650 (+11.51%)
since 10/22/20
52-Week
97.000 +26.31%
on 04/06/20
123.950 -1.15%
on 01/23/20
-1.450 (-1.17%)
since 01/22/20

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Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 126.250
2nd Resistance Point 124.425
1st Resistance Point 123.475
Last Price 122.525s
1st Support Level 120.700
2nd Support Level 118.875
3rd Support Level 117.925

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52-Week High 123.950
Last Price 122.525s
Fibonacci 61.8% 113.655
Fibonacci 50% 110.475
Fibonacci 38.2% 107.295
52-Week Low 97.000

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