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Live Cattle Apr '23 (LEJ23)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Prices Lower for Midday

Thursday’s live cattle futures are trading 20 to 37 cents lower so far. Feeders are working 25 to 80 cents in the red. Jan feeders are up by 20 cents as the exception. There were no sales on Wednesday’s FCE auction, following no bids for the 986 head listed. USDA reported light cash business for Wednesday in the South at $152 - $153. The CME Feeder Cattle Index for 1/24 was $177.77, after a 24 cent bounce.  

Beef bookings were 25,135 MT for the week that ended 1/19. That was 76% higher than the same week that ended last year, and was also 45% higher wk/wk. South Korea was the top buyer with 10k MT purchased on the week. Beef shipments are at 40,564 MT for the season through 1/19. 

USDA’s Wholesale Boxed Beef prices were shown 23 cents higher for Choice at $268.51 and 15 cents lower for Select at $251.65. USDA estimated FI cattle slaughter for the week through Wednesday at 378k head. That was 5k head more than last week and was 19k head more than the same week last year.... 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
$1,760/1,600
First Notice Date
04/10/23 (74 days)
Expiration Date
04/28/23 (92 days)

Seasonal Chart

Live Cattle Apr '23
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Apr Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jan 17, 2023

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Commercials - Long / Short
95,035 (+6,524)
162,744 (+1,271)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
126,737 (-5,292)
52,594 (+559)
Producers - Long / Short
38,591 (+3,873)
150,747 (-3,239)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
47,349 (-1,942)
2,902 (-83)
Managed Money - Long / Short
110,436 (-5,413)
25,815 (+1,769)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
16,301 (+121)
26,779 (-1,210)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
158.550 +1.25%
on 01/19/23
162.750 -1.37%
on 12/29/22
-1.300 (-0.80%)
since 12/23/22
3-Month
156.225 +2.75%
on 11/14/22
162.750 -1.37%
on 12/29/22
+0.950 (+0.60%)
since 10/26/22
52-Week
148.200 +8.32%
on 01/27/22
162.750 -1.37%
on 12/29/22
+11.475 (+7.70%)
since 01/26/22

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HEG23 : 77.025s (+0.29%)
HEK23 : 94.850s (+1.47%)
KMG23 : 84.375 (-0.18%)
Cattle Prices Lower for Midday

Thursday’s live cattle futures are trading 20 to 37 cents lower so far. Feeders are working 25 to 80 cents in the red. Jan feeders are up by 20 cents as the exception. There were no sales on Wednesday’s...

LEG23 : 156.725s (-0.56%)
LEJ23 : 160.525s (-0.63%)
LEM23 : 157.375s (-0.52%)
LEY00 : 156.000s (unch)
GFF23 : 179.575s (+0.10%)
GFH23 : 182.850s (-0.49%)
Lean Hogs End Closed on Wednesday

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HEG23 : 77.025s (+0.29%)
HEK23 : 94.850s (+1.47%)
KMG23 : 84.375 (-0.18%)
Cattle Were Mostly Higher for Wednesday

Front month live cattle futures closed 12 to 35 cents higher past the Feb contract. February fats were 25 cents lower on the day. There were no sales on Wednesday’s FCE auction, following no bids for...

LEG23 : 156.725s (-0.56%)
LEJ23 : 160.525s (-0.63%)
LEM23 : 157.375s (-0.52%)
GFF23 : 179.575s (+0.10%)
GFH23 : 182.850s (-0.49%)
Lean Hogs End Mixed on Wednesday

Nearby lean hog futures were 5 to 30 cents lower at the close, but the deferred contracts gained 7 to 20 cents. USDA’s National Average Base Hog price for Wednesday was $1.10 stronger to $72.27. The...

HEG23 : 77.025s (+0.29%)
HEK23 : 94.850s (+1.47%)
KMG23 : 84.375 (-0.18%)
Cattle Close Mostly Higher

Front month live cattle futures closed 12 to 35 cents higher past the Feb contract. February fats were 25 cents lower on the day. There were no sales on Wednesday’s FCE auction, following no bids for...

LEG23 : 156.725s (-0.56%)
LEJ23 : 160.525s (-0.63%)
LEM23 : 157.375s (-0.52%)
GFF23 : 179.575s (+0.10%)
GFH23 : 182.850s (-0.49%)
Livestock Report

Hogs remain in stable condition

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Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 162.258
2nd Resistance Point 161.892
1st Resistance Point 161.208
Last Price 160.525s
1st Support Level 160.158
2nd Support Level 159.792
3rd Support Level 159.108

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52-Week High 162.750
Last Price 160.525s
Fibonacci 61.8% 157.192
Fibonacci 50% 155.475
Fibonacci 38.2% 153.758
52-Week Low 148.200

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