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Live Cattle Jun '19 (LEM19)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Close Mixed

Front month live cattle futures gave back midday gains but closed higher. August futures added 55 cents closing at $107.60. Feeder cattle futures ended the session with triple digit losses in August and October. August feeders were still up 0.8% from Friday to Friday. The August 13 Feeder Cattle Index from CME fell back 85 cents to $142.25. Friday cash sales were $106 in the WCB and $168 in the beef. The range of the week’s cash cattle trades has been $104-$107, with dressed sales $165-170. Wholesale boxed beef prices were stronger on Friday, widening the Chc/Sel spread to $14.95. Choice boxes jumped $3.29 higher, and Select boxes were $1.88 stronger to $199.29 cwt. The CFTC noted new buyers for cattle spec traders in the weekly CoT report. Managed money was 45,612 contracts net long as of August 11. In feeders, spec traders were 6,862 contracts net long. USDA’s estimate for WTD cattle slaughter through Saturday is 640k head. That trails the same week last year by 13,000 head.

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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
Expiration Date
06/28/19 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

Live Cattle Jun '19
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Jun Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Aug 11, 2020

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Commercials - Long / Short
116,544 (-5,043)
159,272 (+4,309)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
89,728 (+5,224)
40,101 (-3,701)
Producers - Long / Short
27,711 (-4,394)
155,598 (+5,173)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
86,553 (-525)
1,394 (-740)
Managed Money - Long / Short
66,011 (+5,588)
22,187 (-2,338)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
23,717 (-364)
17,914 (-1,363)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
106.325 +3.93%
on 06/24/19
113.025 -2.23%
on 05/31/19
-1.050 (-0.94%)
since 05/28/19
106.325 +3.93%
on 06/24/19
122.975 -10.14%
on 04/16/19
-9.125 (-7.63%)
since 03/28/19
106.325 +3.93%
on 06/24/19
124.900 -11.53%
on 03/22/19
+2.075 (+1.91%)
since 06/28/18

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 113.067
1st Resistance Point 111.783
Last Price 110.500s
1st Support Level 109.758
2nd Support Level 109.017

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52-Week High 124.900
Fibonacci 61.8% 117.804
Fibonacci 50% 115.613
Fibonacci 38.2% 113.421
Last Price 110.500s
52-Week Low 106.325

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