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Live Cattle Apr '20 (LEJ20)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Mixed to Mostly Higher

Live cattle futures came back from midday losses and ended the session with 10 to 30 cent gains, as Feb was 12 cents lower. Feeder cattle continued the midday movement and rallied to a triple digit gain after Wednesday trading. The CME Feeder Cattle Index for 02/18 was 10 cents lower to $141.10. Analysts’ estimates ahead of the Feb release of USDA Cattle on Feed report have on feed at 11.963 million head, which would be 2.4% higher yr/yr. On average, analysts also expect higher yr/yr Jan placements (+1.4%) and Jan marketings (+0.7%). The Fed Cattle Exchange online auction resulted in no sales, 197 TX steers were bid to $119.75, with feedlots passing on offers, and asks of $121 in KS were passed by packers. USDA confirmed the Wednesday reports of $120 sales in TX live cattle, KS trading was light but at the same price. Wholesale boxed beef prices were lower Wednesday afternoon, further widening the spread which is at $3.81. Choice boxes were down by 56 cents, and select boxes were $1... Read more

Contract Specifications

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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
Point Value
First Notice Date
04/06/20 (46 days)
Expiration Date
04/30/20 (70 days)

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Feb 11, 2020

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Commercials - Long / Short
130,667 (-3,809)
179,119 (-11,128)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
99,314 (-13,953)
42,097 (-625)
Producers - Long / Short
35,430 (-2,186)
174,613 (-10,115)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
94,594 (-896)
3,863 (-286)
Managed Money - Long / Short
65,908 (-12,456)
30,944 (+3,949)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
33,406 (-1,497)
11,153 (-4,574)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
116.650 +3.56%
on 02/12/20
127.475 -5.24%
on 01/21/20
-6.450 (-5.07%)
since 01/17/20
116.650 +3.56%
on 02/12/20
128.550 -6.03%
on 12/16/19
-5.375 (-4.26%)
since 11/19/19
109.375 +10.45%
on 09/09/19
128.550 -6.03%
on 12/16/19
+0.725 (+0.60%)
since 02/19/19

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 121.367
1st Resistance Point 121.083
Last Price 120.800s
1st Support Level 120.333
2nd Support Level 119.867

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52-Week High 128.550
Fibonacci 61.8% 121.225
Last Price 120.800s
Fibonacci 50% 118.963
Fibonacci 38.2% 116.700
52-Week Low 109.375

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