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Live Cattle Apr '21 (LEJ21)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Feb Cattle Collapse at Expiration

Cash convergence caused a $3.90 drop to $113.10 for Feb finished cattle futures to expire. CME reported another 10 deliveries scheduled for February cattle futures, scheduled deliveries total 99 contracts, though there were 250 issued. The other front months ended the day with $1.07 to $1.67 losses, with April holding at $120. For the month, April fat cattle futures dropped $2. Cash cattle sales found late week strength, with the bulk of the week’s business near $114 – firm with the previous two weeks.

Feeder futures ended the session showing triple digit losses as well. March contracts were down $1.75 to $138.67, and April was $2.50 lower to $142.57. The 2/24 CME Feeder Cattle Index was $139.48, down from $140.11.

The Commitment of Traders report showed cattle specs 3,924 contracts less net long, from long liquidation, to 88,164 contracts. Feeder cattle spec traders 218 contracts more net long to 1,734. Wholesale Boxed Beef prices rebounded on Friday with a 14 cent... Read more

Contract Specifications

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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
Point Value
First Notice Date
04/05/21 (36 days)
Expiration Date
04/30/21 (61 days)

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Feb 23, 2021

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Commercials - Long / Short
121,520 (-1,308)
198,663 (-6,176)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
129,826 (-3,922)
40,319 (+2,772)
Producers - Long / Short
33,060 (-1,223)
194,845 (-6,173)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
86,827 (-401)
2,185 (-319)
Managed Money - Long / Short
101,298 (-2,468)
17,420 (+767)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
28,528 (-1,454)
22,899 (+2,005)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
119.775 +0.19%
on 02/26/21
126.700 -5.29%
on 02/16/21
-3.100 (-2.52%)
since 01/26/21
114.650 +4.67%
on 12/09/20
126.700 -5.29%
on 02/16/21
+2.575 (+2.19%)
since 11/25/20
97.000 +23.71%
on 04/06/20
126.700 -5.29%
on 02/16/21
+1.450 (+1.22%)
since 02/26/20

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Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 123.217
2nd Resistance Point 122.483
1st Resistance Point 121.242
Last Price 120.000s
1st Support Level 119.267
2nd Support Level 118.533
3rd Support Level 117.292

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52-Week High 126.700
Last Price 120.000s
Fibonacci 61.8% 115.355
Fibonacci 50% 111.850
Fibonacci 38.2% 108.345
52-Week Low 97.000

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