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Live Cattle Apr '24 (LEJ24)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Shift Focus to Tuesday Trade

Live cattle futures posted mixed action on Monday, with front months held up by the cast market and closing 17 cents to $1.67 higher. Other contracts were anywhere from 27 cents lower to a dime higher. Cash trade was slow to develop last week, as late sales rolled in a $189-191 in the South, as the North exchanged hands at $197-198. 

Feeder cattle futures were mixed on Monday with contracts up 53 cents and led by the nearbys, as deferreds were down as much as 30 cents.   The CME Feeder Cattle Index was back up 87 cents on June 21 at $258.34. The weekly OKC action saw 5,200 head of feeders sold, with Steers down $3-5 and heifers $5-8 lower.

Friday’s Cattle on Feed report showed May placements totaling 2.046 million head, a 4.28% increase and well above the range of estimates. May marketings were up 0.15% at 1.955 million head. That took the June 1 on feed figure for the month to 11.583 million head, only a 0.06% decline from last year when a sharper drop had been expected... 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
$2,695/2,450
First Notice Date
04/08/24
Expiration Date
04/30/24 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

Live Cattle Apr '24
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Apr Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jun 18, 2024

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Commercials - Long / Short
93,106 (-1,400)
139,118 (+784)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
113,834 (+3,995)
61,387 (+2,706)
Producers - Long / Short
39,155 (-2,221)
132,888 (+429)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
49,875 (+414)
2,154 (-52)
Managed Money - Long / Short
76,382 (+3,395)
20,429 (+513)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
37,452 (+600)
40,958 (+2,193)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
176.500 +4.82%
on 04/12/24
186.000 -0.54%
on 04/30/24
unch (unch)
since 03/28/24
3-Month
176.500 +4.82%
on 04/12/24
190.275 -2.77%
on 03/14/24
+3.250 (+1.79%)
since 01/30/24
52-Week
165.400 +11.85%
on 12/06/23
199.825 -7.42%
on 09/15/23
+6.300 (+3.53%)
since 04/28/23

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Live Cattle Futures on the Verge of a Breakout

Live cattle futures were able to trade to multi-month highs in yesterday’s trade as a red-hot cash trade starts to lure in more Fund participation.

Hogs Look to Rebound from Monday’s Losses

Lean hog futures posted losses of 77 cents to $2.60 on Monday. The USDA National Base Hog price reported at $86.64 on Monday afternoon, up 60 cents from the previous day. The CME Lean Hog Index was down...

HEN24 : 89.925 (-0.03%)
HEQ24 : 87.100 (+0.43%)
HEV24 : 73.900 (-0.24%)
Cattle Shift Focus to Tuesday Trade

Live cattle futures posted mixed action on Monday, with front months held up by the cast market and closing 17 cents to $1.67 higher. Other contracts were anywhere from 27 cents lower to a dime higher....

LEM24 : 189.125 (+0.12%)
LEQ24 : 184.325 (-0.27%)
LEV24 : 184.175 (+0.20%)
GFQ24 : 258.875 (-0.01%)
GFU24 : 259.975 (-0.06%)
GFV24 : 260.575 (-0.04%)
Hogs Crash

Weakening Cash keeps pressure on futures

Cattle Ignore Bearish CoF Data, Close Mixed

Live cattle futures posted mixed action on Monday, with front months held up by the cast market and closing 17 cents to $1.67 higher. Other contracts were anywhere from 27 cents lower to a dime higher....

LEM24 : 189.125 (+0.12%)
LEQ24 : 184.325 (-0.27%)
LEV24 : 184.175 (+0.20%)
GFQ24 : 258.875 (-0.01%)
GFU24 : 259.975 (-0.06%)
GFV24 : 260.575 (-0.04%)
Hogs Collapse to Start the Week

Lean hog futures posted losses of 77 cents to $2.60 on Monday. The USDA National Base Hog price reported at $86.64 on Monday afternoon, up 60 cents from the previous day. The CME Lean Hog Index was down...

HEN24 : 89.925 (-0.03%)
HEQ24 : 87.100 (+0.43%)
HEV24 : 73.900 (-0.24%)
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Shootin' the Bull about nearing a turning point in cattle

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Cattle Shrugging Off Large Placement Number

Live cattle futures are showing some gains in the front months of $1.05 to $1.15 as cash leads the way. October and other deferred contracts are being pressured by the larger placements, down 22 cents....

LEM24 : 189.125 (+0.12%)
LEQ24 : 184.325 (-0.27%)
LEV24 : 184.175 (+0.20%)
GFQ24 : 258.875 (-0.01%)
GFU24 : 259.975 (-0.06%)
GFV24 : 260.575 (-0.04%)
Hogs Falling at Monday’s Midday

Lean hog futures are posting another round of losses on Monday, with midday losses of $1.35 to $1.80. The USDA National Base Hog price reported at $86.47 on Monday morning, up a penny from the previous...

HEN24 : 89.925 (-0.03%)
HEQ24 : 87.100 (+0.43%)
HEV24 : 73.900 (-0.24%)

Barchart Trading Guide

The Barchart Trading Guide is a Buy Signal with a Average Signal Strength.

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 186.667
2nd Resistance Point 186.333
1st Resistance Point 185.667
Last Price 185.000s
1st Support Level 184.667
2nd Support Level 184.333
3rd Support Level 183.667

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52-Week High 199.825
Fibonacci 61.8% 186.675
Last Price 185.000s
Fibonacci 50% 182.612
Fibonacci 38.2% 178.550
52-Week Low 165.400

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