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Live Cattle Feb '20 (LEG20)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Closes Week in Red

Live cattle futures were mixed on Friday. Futures closed 30 cents lower in Jun contracts, and 12 to 17 cents higher in Feb and April futures. Despite the Friday gain Feb cattle were $1.50 lower wk/wk. Feeder cattle futures were lower by 85 to 97 cents on Friday which pushed to a weekly move of minus $3.50 for Jan. The 01/23 CME Feeder Cattle index was down 2 cents to $144.84. CFTC’s report showed managed money cattle traders at 90,253 contracts net long on 01/21. Feeder cattle spec traders were more net long wk/wk, as the OI increase in longs outpaced the uptick in shorts. The CoF report showed Jan 1 cattle on feed at 11.958 million head, up 2.29% yr/yr, and in-line with estimates. December placements were 1.828m head, up 3.45% yr/yr. Marketings for the month of December were also in-line with estimates, at 1.834m head. That is a 5.34% increase yr/yr. Wholesale boxed beef prices were lower. Choice boxes were down 83 cents, and Select boxes were down by 50 cents. Cash cattle sales th... 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 (18 days)
Expiration Date
02/28/20 (32 days)

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jan 21, 2020

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Commercials - Long / Short
147,194 (+1,609)
215,230 (+5,303)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
148,073 (+2,484)
56,434 (-2,466)
Producers - Long / Short
45,768 (+1,533)
208,231 (+5,187)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
100,453 (+120)
6,026 (+160)
Managed Money - Long / Short
115,817 (+2,607)
30,425 (-3,573)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
32,256 (-123)
26,009 (+1,107)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
124.100 +0.60%
on 01/24/20
127.550 -2.12%
on 01/10/20
-0.975 (-0.77%)
since 12/24/19
3-Month
119.925 +4.11%
on 10/25/19
127.900 -2.38%
on 12/16/19
+4.800 (+4.00%)
since 10/24/19
52-Week
105.125 +18.76%
on 09/09/19
127.900 -2.38%
on 12/16/19
+5.850 (+4.92%)
since 01/24/19

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 125.850
1st Resistance Point 125.350
Last Price 124.850s
1st Support Level 124.225
2nd Support Level 123.600

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52-Week High 127.900
Last Price 124.850s
Fibonacci 61.8% 119.200
Fibonacci 50% 116.512
Fibonacci 38.2% 113.825
52-Week Low 105.125

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