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Live Cattle Feb '20 (LEG20)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Close Lower

Pre-report positioning left futures down $0.45 to $1.05 on the day. Feeder cattle futures closed the last trading day of the week $1.90 to $2.07 in the red. The 9/24 Feeder Cattle Index from CME was down $0.36 to $142.23. Catch up business for Friday cash sales was light with very wide ranges. USDA reported a few sales from $102-$107 with most $105+. USDA noted the limited $106-$107 was for higher graded cattle. The week’s range was $102-$107 with the bulk at $105. USDA’s CoF report showed 11.394 million head of cattle in the 1,000+ capacity feedlots as of September 1. That was 3.75% higher yr/yr, vs. trade ideas of a 3.4% increase. August saw 1.892 million head of cattle marketed, compared to 1.953 last year and the average trade guess of 1.887. August placements were up 9.18% yr/yr, with 2.057m head. Traders were anticipating a 5.9% increase. The Commitment of Traders report had cattle speculative traders at 57,999 contracts net long. Long liquidation was noted from the managed mo... Read more

Contract Specifications

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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
Point Value
First Notice Date
Expiration Date
02/28/20 (expired)

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Sep 22, 2020

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Commercials - Long / Short
107,185 (-246)
159,794 (-1,758)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
99,890 (-2,661)
37,361 (+924)
Producers - Long / Short
20,914 (-408)
154,673 (-2,438)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
82,766 (-521)
1,616 (-3)
Managed Money - Long / Short
76,693 (-1,419)
20,733 (+509)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
23,197 (-1,242)
16,628 (+415)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
110.250 +2.22%
on 02/27/20
122.725 -8.17%
on 02/04/20
-9.450 (-7.74%)
since 01/28/20
110.250 +2.22%
on 02/27/20
127.900 -11.88%
on 12/16/19
-14.000 (-11.05%)
since 11/27/19
105.125 +7.21%
on 09/09/19
127.900 -11.88%
on 12/16/19
-7.800 (-6.47%)
since 02/28/19

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 115.100
1st Resistance Point 113.900
Last Price 112.700s
1st Support Level 111.000
2nd Support Level 109.300

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52-Week High 127.900
Fibonacci 61.8% 119.200
Fibonacci 50% 116.512
Fibonacci 38.2% 113.825
Last Price 112.700s
52-Week Low 105.125

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