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Live Cattle Apr '18 (LEJ18)

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Commodity Profile

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Contract
Live Cattle
Contract Size
40,000 pounds
Margin/Maintenance
$1,650/1,500
Tick Size
0.025 cents per pound ($10.00 per contract)
Exchange
CME
Point Value
$400
First Notice Date
04/09/18
Expiration Date
04/30/18 (-27 days)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
110.100 +12.40%
on 04/04/18
125.150 -1.12%
on 04/30/18
+10.000 (+8.79%)
since 03/29/18
3-Month
110.100 +12.40%
on 04/04/18
127.950 -3.28%
on 02/20/18
-0.425 (-0.34%)
since 01/30/18
52-Week
110.100 +12.40%
on 04/04/18
130.100 -4.88%
on 11/06/17
+5.475 (+4.63%)
since 04/28/17

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Fri May 25, 5:11PM CDT
Live cattle futures posted gains of 50 to 65 cents on Friday, with June up a quarter. Feeder cattle futures posted gains as well, ranging from $1.125 to $1.625 higher in the front months. The CME feeder cattle index was up $1.60 on May 25 at $136.04. Wholesale boxed beef values were lower on Friday afternoon. Choice boxes were down $1.57 at $227.43, with Select boxes 31 cents lower at $204.62. Week to date FI cattle slaughter was estimated at 647,000 head through Saturday. That is 13,000 head lower than last week, on lighter expected Saturday slaughter. Cash sales were reported at $110 in CO and KS on Friday, with NE at $176-180. This morning’s USDA Cattle on Feed report showed April placements at 1.695 million head, 8.28% lower than last year, slightly above expectations. Marketings were at 1.803 million head, up 6%. That put May 1 cattle on feed at 11.558 million head, up 5.09% from a year ago and a little larger than the average trade estimate.Jun 18 Cattle closed at $104.650, up $0.250,Aug 18 Cattle closed at $102.300, up $0.525,Oct 18 Cattle closed at $105.825, up $0.575,Aug 18 Feeder Cattle closed at $144.925, up $1.625Sep 18 Feeder Cattle closed at $144.450, up $1.350Oct 18 Feeder Cattle closed at $144.325, up $1.125

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Barchart Technical Opinion

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 40% Buy with a Average short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

Longer term, the trend strength is Average.

The market is in highly overbought territory. Beware of a trend reversal.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 125.617
1st Resistance Point 124.683
Last Price 123.750s
1st Support Level 123.283
2nd Support Level 122.817

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52-Week High 130.100
Last Price 123.750s
Fibonacci 61.8% 122.460
Fibonacci 50% 120.100
Fibonacci 38.2% 117.740
52-Week Low 110.100

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