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Live Cattle Aug '24 (LEQ24)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Look to Thursday Following Short Holiday Break

Live cattle bulls were taking a break ahead of the day off on Wednesday, with contracts down 20 to 75 cents. Cash trade has been quiet to start this week, with early action mostly compiling of show lists. Trade talk has regionals and majors bidding $310-312 in the north, with asking prices $315 or higher and up to $200 live.  Feeder cattle futures were down $1.25 to 1.52 as the market closed out the Tuesday session.  The CME Feeder Cattle Index was up $1.35 on June 17 at $257.07. 

USDA will release an updated Cattle on Feed report this Friday, with the trade expecting to see May placements down 1.5% from a year ago. There are some contrarian thoughts, with traders calling for anything from a 5% drop to a 2.4% increase. May marketings are seen up 0.5% on average. June 1 Cattle on Feed is projected to be down 1% vs. last year. 

USDA reported wholesale Boxed Beef prices as mixed on Wednesday afternoon. Choice boxes were up another 18 cents to $320.70/cwt, with Select slippi... 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
08/05/24 (46 days)
Expiration Date
08/30/24 (71 days)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jun 11, 2024

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Commercials - Long / Short
94,506 (-2,540)
138,334 (-4,598)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
109,839 (-5,475)
58,681 (-2,500)
Producers - Long / Short
41,376 (-1,484)
132,459 (-3,460)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
49,461 (-1,551)
2,206 (-1,633)
Managed Money - Long / Short
72,987 (-4,888)
19,916 (-1,317)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
36,852 (-587)
38,765 (-1,183)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
175.800 +3.58%
on 06/06/24
183.700 -0.87%
on 06/17/24
+3.050 (+1.70%)
since 05/17/24
3-Month
167.650 +8.62%
on 04/12/24
185.050 -1.59%
on 03/21/24
-2.250 (-1.22%)
since 03/18/24
52-Week
163.625 +11.29%
on 12/06/23
192.450 -5.38%
on 09/15/23
+3.925 (+2.20%)
since 06/16/23

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Cattle Futures Consolidate Ahead of Cattle on Feed Report

Livestock Bulls were disappointed in Tuesday’s trade. Will the mid-week intermission help the market stabilize or is there more pressure to come?

Cattle Look to Thursday Following Short Holiday Break

Live cattle bulls were taking a break ahead of the day off on Wednesday, with contracts down 20 to 75 cents. Cash trade has been quiet to start this week, with early action mostly compiling of show lists....

LEM24 : 186.675s (-0.20%)
LEQ24 : 182.100s (-0.38%)
LEV24 : 183.875s (-0.41%)
GFQ24 : 259.950s (-0.53%)
GFU24 : 261.125s (-0.55%)
GFV24 : 261.975s (-0.50%)
Hogs Look to Resume Trade

Lean hog futures were down 30 cents to $1.60 in the front two months on Tuesday, with other contracts up 17 to 95 cents. The CME Lean Hog Index was down 71 cents at $90.73 on June 14. Seasonal strength...

HEN24 : 93.775s (-1.68%)
HEQ24 : 91.575s (-0.33%)
HEV24 : 78.400s (+0.22%)
Cattle Slip Lower on Tuesday

Live cattle bulls were taking a break ahead of the day off on Wednesday, with contracts down 20 to 75 cents. Cash trade has been quiet to start this week, with early action mostly compiling showlists....

LEM24 : 186.675s (-0.20%)
LEQ24 : 182.100s (-0.38%)
LEV24 : 183.875s (-0.41%)
GFQ24 : 259.950s (-0.53%)
GFU24 : 261.125s (-0.55%)
GFV24 : 261.975s (-0.50%)
Hogs Closed Mixed on Tuesday

Lean hog futures were down 30 cents to $1.60 in the front two months on Tuesday, with other contracts up 17 to 95 cents. The CME Lean Hog Index was down 71 cents at $90.73 on June 14. Seasonal strength...

HEN24 : 93.775s (-1.68%)
HEQ24 : 91.575s (-0.33%)
HEV24 : 78.400s (+0.22%)
Shootin' the Bull about how much higher.........

With cattle, boxes, and some of the grind at the tip top of yearly and historical highs, what's next?  Even higher prices?  Rationing has already taken another large step the past two weeks with boxes...

Cattle Feeling Heavy on Tuesday

Live cattle bulls are taking a break today, with contracts down 20 to 70 cents at midday. Cash trade was strong last week, with a few sales at $186 reported in KS by USDA and some up to $195. USDA also...

LEM24 : 186.675s (-0.20%)
LEQ24 : 182.100s (-0.38%)
LEV24 : 183.875s (-0.41%)
GFQ24 : 259.950s (-0.53%)
GFU24 : 261.125s (-0.55%)
GFV24 : 261.975s (-0.50%)
Hogs Mixed on Tuesday

Lean hog futures are down 7 cents to $1 in the front months on Tuesday, with other contracts up 7 to 60 cents. The CME Lean Hog Index was down 71 cents at $90.73 on June 14. Seasonal strength has been...

HEN24 : 93.775s (-1.68%)
HEQ24 : 91.575s (-0.33%)
HEV24 : 78.400s (+0.22%)
Cattle Futures Struggle on Monday. Is it Cause for Pause?

Cattle futures had an incredible move higher on Friday but failed to find follow through in Monday’s trade, despite a weaker grain trade. Has something changed?

Hog Bulls Looking to Continue Recovery

Lean hog futures rallied on Monday with contracts up 37 cents to $1.72 on the day. The CME Lean Hog Index was down 14 cents at $91.44 on June 13. The USDA National Base Hog price was not reported on Monday...

HEN24 : 93.775s (-1.68%)
HEQ24 : 91.575s (-0.33%)
HEV24 : 78.400s (+0.22%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 183.933
2nd Resistance Point 183.467
1st Resistance Point 182.783
Last Price 182.100s
1st Support Level 181.633
2nd Support Level 181.167
3rd Support Level 180.483

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52-Week High 192.450
Last Price 182.100s
Fibonacci 61.8% 181.439
Fibonacci 50% 178.038
Fibonacci 38.2% 174.636
52-Week Low 163.625

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