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Live Cattle Feb '21 (LEG21)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Gaining Triple Digits

Ahead of the monthly CoF report, live cattle are rallying $1.17 to $2.27. Front month feeders are also stronger with $1.65 to $4.05 gains. The CME Feeder Cattle Index recovered 38 cents on 1/20 to $133.19. Texas cattle traded hands from $110-$111, matching the week’s trend. Through Thursday, this week’s northern deals are $109-$110 and $169-$173. Northern cattle remain discounted to prices in the South. CoF estimates show trade is looking for 0.5% drop in Jan 1 inventory. A 2.9% drop in December placements yr/yr. The average of estimates for Dec marketings is a 0.6% increase yr/yr. USDA’s weekly Export Sales report showed 24,500 MT of beef sold on the week ending 1/14. That was the largest weekly sale since November 12th. Japan and China were the top purchasers on the week. Japan and South Korea were also the top destinations for the 17,596 MT shipped. Wholesale Boxed Beef prices continued climbing. Choice boxes were up $1.85/cwt. to $223.05 and Select boxes were $3.24/cwt. higher a... 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
02/08/21 (17 days)
Expiration Date
02/26/21 (35 days)

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jan 12, 2021

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Commercials - Long / Short
122,916 (+7,433)
165,034 (+1,268)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
98,495 (+1,066)
46,458 (+5,754)
Producers - Long / Short
42,070 (+2,025)
160,780 (+3,547)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
78,975 (+6,995)
2,383 (-692)
Managed Money - Long / Short
69,299 (+1,002)
29,273 (+4,594)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
29,196 (+64)
17,185 (+1,160)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
111.350 +4.67%
on 01/05/21
116.750 -0.17%
on 01/22/21
+3.100 (+2.73%)
since 12/22/20
3-Month
105.525 +10.45%
on 10/26/20
116.750 -0.17%
on 01/22/21
+9.775 (+9.15%)
since 10/22/20
52-Week
93.950 +24.06%
on 04/06/20
123.325 -5.49%
on 01/23/20
-6.700 (-5.44%)
since 01/22/20

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Midday lean hog futures prices are up $1.15 to $1.85 so far. Pork cutouts are $1.60 to $2.15 in the black. The 1/19 CME Lean Hog Index was 25 cents lower to $65.67. USDA’s National Average Base Hog price...

Cattle Gaining Triple Digits

Ahead of the monthly CoF report, live cattle are rallying $1.17 to $2.27. Front month feeders are also stronger with $1.65 to $4.05 gains. The CME Feeder Cattle Index recovered 38 cents on 1/20 to $133.19....

Daily Livestock Commentary (1.22.21)

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Cattle March Higher Ahead of USDA COF Data

Live cattle futures finished the Thursday session with gains of as much as $1.07 for April. Bulls are going boldly into the USDA Cattle on Feed report, with average estimates for a smaller On Feed number...

Hogs Mostly Higher

Feb futures missed out on the Thursday gains, closing 32 cents in the red. The other front months ended the day up 45 to 82 cents. China confirmed a fresh ASF outbreak in its rebuilding hog herd. Pork...

Lean Hogs Close Mostly Higher

Feb futures missed out on the Thursday gains, closing 32 cents in the red. The other front months ended the day up 45 to 82 cents. Pork cutout futures closed 10 to 50 cents higher. The 1/19 CME Lean Hog...

Cattle Higher at Close

Live cattle futures closed the Thursday session with gains of as much as $1.07 for April. OI data as of 1/20 showed April positions more than double nearby Feb, and are nearly double that of June. Feeders...

Livestock Report

Markets rally

Cattle Prices Find Thursday Strength

Front month live cattle futures are gaining 47 to 85 cents at midday. Feb futures are only up $0.75 as the week’s early cash trade has been weaker. Feeder cattle futures are up triple digits at midday...

Hog Prices are Gaining at Midday

Lean hog futures are up 32 to 90 cents at midday, save for UNCH Feb at $68.42. Pork cutout futures are trading with midday 10 to 35 cent gains. The CME Lean Hog Index was back up by 36 cents on 1/18 to...

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 115.958
2nd Resistance Point 115.167
1st Resistance Point 114.633
Last Price 116.400
1st Support Level 113.308
2nd Support Level 112.517
3rd Support Level 111.983

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52-Week High 123.325
Last Price 116.400
Fibonacci 61.8% 112.104
Fibonacci 50% 108.637
Fibonacci 38.2% 105.171
52-Week Low 93.950

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