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Live Cattle Apr '20 (LEJ20)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Close with Losses

Front month live cattle futures closed the day mostly lower with losses limited to 70 cents. August fats were 32 cents higher. Feeder cattle futures fell back by 52 to $1.32 in the front months. The August 5 CME Feeder Cattle index was $140.79, which was another 19 cents stronger. USDA reported limited cash sales activity in the WCB at $103 and $163 for live weight and dressed respectively. Cash sales were not reported in the South on Thursday, the bulk of activity the week so far has been near $100. Beef export sales with data from USDA’s weekly report were just 13,400 MT. That was down 55% wk/wk and 40% below the same week last year. Mexico purchased 1,700 MT of beef for delivery during 2021. The week’s shipments were 3.4% below the same week last year, with destinations primarily South Korea and Japan. Wholesale boxed beef prices were stronger in the PM update. Choice was up $1.09 to $204.66 cwt. And Select boxes were $192.01 after a $1.19 bump. The WTD cattle slaughter under fed... 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
$2,750/2,500
First Notice Date
04/06/20
Expiration Date
04/30/20 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jul 28, 2020

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Commercials - Long / Short
117,715 (-3,935)
149,574 (+1,799)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
80,977 (+4,931)
43,245 (+338)
Producers - Long / Short
30,143 (-1,705)
145,339 (+1,945)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
85,285 (-2,393)
1,948 (-309)
Managed Money - Long / Short
57,348 (+4,909)
26,159 (+798)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
23,629 (+22)
17,086 (-460)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
81.450 +10.50%
on 04/24/20
102.200 -11.94%
on 03/31/20
-9.200 (-9.27%)
since 03/30/20
3-Month
81.450 +10.50%
on 04/24/20
121.800 -26.11%
on 02/04/20
-30.200 (-25.12%)
since 01/30/20
52-Week
81.450 +10.50%
on 04/24/20
128.550 -29.99%
on 12/16/19
-30.600 (-25.37%)
since 04/30/19

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Cattle Market Lower on Thursday

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Daily Livestock Commentary

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Cattle Futures Maintain Premium to Cash

Front month cattle futures climbed back from midday losses and posted gains in most contracts. October fats were 2 cents lower, but the other contracts gained 2 to 45 cents. Feeder cattle futures closed...

Lean Hogs Mixed As Slaughter Lags

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Cattle Mostly Higher on Wednesday

Front month cattle futures climbed back from midday losses and posted gains in most contracts. October fats were 2 cents lower, but the other contracts gained 2 to 45 cents. Feeder cattle futures closed...

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 93.867
1st Resistance Point 91.933
Last Price 90.000s
1st Support Level 86.533
2nd Support Level 83.067

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52-Week High 128.550
Fibonacci 61.8% 110.558
Fibonacci 50% 105.000
Fibonacci 38.2% 99.442
Last Price 90.000s
52-Week Low 81.450

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