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Live Cattle Aug '22 (LEQ22)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Live Cattle Futures Rally but Close Off Highs

Nearby fat cattle futures faltered into the close on Friday, leaving ~$1 on the table. Prices were still up by $0.82 to $2.02 on the day – led by the now front month August. Confirmed cash trade for the week was mostly $137 in the South and $148 in the North. Feeder cattle went into the extended weekend $0.90 to $1.80 higher, but closed off their highs for the day. The CME Feeder Cattle Index came down 77 cents on 6/30 to $165.67. 

CFTC data had live cattle spec funds at 24,265 contracts net long as of 6/28. That was a 14,877 contract lighter net long wk/wk as they both closed existing longs and added shorts through the week. For the feeders, spec traders extended their net short by 1,789 contracts to 5,320.

Friday’s Wholesale Boxed Beef prices were 18 cents weaker in Choice and 10 cents weaker in Select for a $23.35 Chc/Sel spread. Federally inspected cattle slaughter for the week through Saturday was estimated as 636k head. That compares to 666k last week and 628k head... 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
08/08/22 (36 days)
Expiration Date
08/31/22 (59 days)

Seasonal Chart

Live Cattle Aug '22
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Aug Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jun 28, 2022

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Commercials - Long / Short
110,513 (+952)
137,593 (-10,609)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
98,030 (-4,527)
70,195 (+7,760)
Producers - Long / Short
42,662 (+4,862)
132,590 (-10,820)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
65,272 (-4,160)
2,424 (-39)
Managed Money - Long / Short
71,236 (-5,142)
52,126 (+8,820)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
26,794 (+615)
18,069 (-1,060)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
131.700 +2.20%
on 06/30/22
137.950 -2.43%
on 06/09/22
+1.700 (+1.28%)
since 06/01/22
3-Month
129.975 +3.56%
on 05/31/22
141.750 -5.04%
on 04/22/22
-2.300 (-1.68%)
since 04/01/22
52-Week
126.800 +6.15%
on 09/13/21
141.825 -5.09%
on 02/10/22
+1.975 (+1.49%)
since 07/01/21

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HEN22 : 109.600s (+0.44%)
HEV22 : 88.925s (+0.28%)
KMN22 : 110.750s (+0.32%)
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LEQ22 : 134.600s (+1.53%)
LEV22 : 139.975s (+0.86%)
LEZ22 : 145.775s (+0.62%)
GFQ22 : 174.500s (+0.52%)
GFU22 : 177.650s (+0.81%)
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HEN22 : 109.600s (+0.44%)
HEV22 : 88.925s (+0.28%)
KMN22 : 110.750s (+0.32%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 138.883
2nd Resistance Point 137.267
1st Resistance Point 135.933
Last Price 134.600s
1st Support Level 132.983
2nd Support Level 131.367
3rd Support Level 130.033

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52-Week High 141.825
Fibonacci 61.8% 136.085
Last Price 134.600s
Fibonacci 50% 134.313
Fibonacci 38.2% 132.540
52-Week Low 126.800

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