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Live Cattle Dec '19 (LEZ19)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Close at Highs on Day

Live cattle futures closed the day with gains of 65 to 95 cents, which was near the top of the day’s range. Feeder cattle futures progressed triple digits ahead of the weekend. The CME Feeder Cattle index for July 9 was $134.92, up by 23 cents. CFTC reported managed funds were 22,908 contracts net long in cattle on July 7. That was a wk/wk increase of 30%, but spec trader OI was down by 1.5%. Managed money had reduced their net long in feeder cattle on the week to 1,579 contracts. In the monthly WASDE updates, USDA estimates 2020 beef production at 26.934b lbs. That is up from June’s 26.674. The increase was mostly to 3Q, up 105m lbs to 7.02 billion. 4Q production is estimated at 6.935 b lbs. Wholesale boxed beef prices were mixed on Friday, widening the Chc/Sel spread to $10.21. Choice boxes were $0.91 stronger to $204.5. Select boxes fell another 54 cents to $194.29. USDA estimated cattle slaughter through Saturday at 664,000 for the week, and 16.516m head on the year. The week’s... Read more

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
12/31/19 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jul 7, 2020

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Commercials - Long / Short
120,612 (-3,203)
140,526 (-900)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
73,759 (+2,778)
45,411 (-1,692)
Producers - Long / Short
32,939 (-3,310)
137,074 (-1,504)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
86,496 (-253)
2,275 (+244)
Managed Money - Long / Short
49,525 (+1,954)
28,070 (-2,742)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
24,234 (+824)
17,341 (+1,050)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
119.275 +4.55%
on 12/05/19
124.750 -0.04%
on 12/31/19
+3.500 (+2.89%)
since 11/29/19
109.200 +14.19%
on 10/02/19
124.750 -0.04%
on 12/31/19
+14.400 (+13.06%)
since 09/30/19
98.200 +26.99%
on 09/09/19
124.750 -0.04%
on 12/31/19
+7.475 (+6.38%)
since 12/28/18

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Cattle Close at Highs on Day

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Cattle Market Up at Midday

Front month cattle futures are trading 27 to 60 cents in the black at midday. Feeder cattle futures are up by as much as 95 cents so far. The CME Feeder Cattle index for July 8 was $133.69, up by $3.54....

Cattle Market Basis Not Normal, But Closer

After flashing triple digit gains at midday, cattle futures settled back for gains of $0.10 to $0.77. Feeder cattle futures also ceded some midday gains, but still closed 35 to 50 cents higher on the day....

Lean Hogs Stronger

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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.

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 124.967
1st Resistance Point 124.833
Last Price 124.700s
1st Support Level 124.483
2nd Support Level 124.267

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52-Week High 124.750
Last Price 124.700s
Fibonacci 61.8% 114.608
Fibonacci 50% 111.475
Fibonacci 38.2% 108.342
52-Week Low 98.200

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