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Live Cattle Dec '18 (LEZ18)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Live Cattle up Feeders down

Live cattle futures were up by 15 to 47 cents in the front months, while feeder cattle futures were lower by 35 to 75 cents. The Cargill plant in Dodge City is back online today after an explosion left them shutdown late last week. China has lifted the 20-year ban on British beef, the two countries have finalized a 5 year trade deal worth over £230 million. Cash cattle traded at $107-109 Friday, and $173-175 in the meat. The 10/18 CME Feeder Cattle index saw another 37 cent increase, and is up to $145.96. Wholesale boxed beef prices are higher after Monday, but the Chc/Sel spread was widened to 25.69. Choice boxes finished Monday $2.09 higher to $220.13, while Select boxes increased $1.40 to $194.44. USDA estimated FI cattle slaughter for Monday was 118,000 head, up 1,000 head from last week and even with the same Monday last year. OCT 19 Cattle closed at $110.950, up $0.475, DEC 19 Cattle closed at $113.875, up $0.25, FEB 20 Cattle closed at $119.225, up $0.15, OCT 19... Read more

Contract Specifications

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Contract
Live Cattle
Contract Size
40,000 pounds
Tick Size
0.025 cents 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
$1,980/1,800
First Notice Date
12/10/18
Expiration Date
12/31/18 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

Live Cattle Dec '18
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Dec Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Oct 15, 2019

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Commercials - Long / Short
119,183 (-3,245)
148,207 (+2,325)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
90,293 (+3,382)
55,013 (-4,208)
Producers - Long / Short
45,806 (-3,921)
144,679 (+2,283)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
72,285 (+1,090)
2,436 (+456)
Managed Money - Long / Short
62,666 (+4,320)
44,096 (-6,575)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
27,627 (-938)
10,917 (+2,367)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
116.750 +6.90%
on 12/04/18
125.575 -0.62%
on 12/31/18
+7.875 (+6.74%)
since 11/30/18
3-Month
113.550 +9.91%
on 11/13/18
125.575 -0.62%
on 12/31/18
+5.950 (+5.01%)
since 09/28/18
52-Week
106.950 +16.69%
on 04/04/18
125.575 -0.62%
on 12/31/18
+10.925 (+9.59%)
since 12/29/17

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Barchart Technical Opinion

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 100% Buy and ranks in the Top 1% of all short term signal directions.

Longer term, the trend strength is in the Top 1%. Long term indicators fully support a continuation of the trend.

The market is in highly overbought territory. Beware of a trend reversal.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 126.033
1st Resistance Point 125.417
Last Price 124.800s
1st Support Level 124.342
2nd Support Level 123.883

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52-Week High 125.575
Last Price 124.800s
Fibonacci 61.8% 118.460
Fibonacci 50% 116.262
Fibonacci 38.2% 114.065
52-Week Low 106.950

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