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Live Cattle Dec '20 (LEZ20)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Futures Ahead of Rising Cash

Front month fat cattle futures closed 22 to 87 cents lower on Friday. Feeder cattle futures gave back midday gains and ended the day down by 15 to 75 cents. The August 6 CME Feeder Cattle index was $141.92, which was another $1.13 higher. USDA reported limited cash sales activity in the north from $100 to $102 on Friday. Northern dressed deals were $162 to $164. The bulk of the cash sales were $100 for the week, with some higher in the North and WCB. Dressed sales were mostly $163. The weekly Commitment of Traders update showed cattle spec funds were 38,179 contracts net long on August 4. That was 4,557 contracts more bullish than the previous week. In feeders, managed money was 1,159 contracts more net long to 6,612 contracts. Wholesale boxed beef prices were stronger on Friday, with an 81 cent bump in Choice and a 74 cent increase for Select. USDA estimates FI cattle slaughter last week at 633,000 head. That was 5k below the previous week and down 14k yr/yr.

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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
$2,750/2,500
First Notice Date
12/07/20 (119 days)
Expiration Date
12/31/20 (143 days)

Seasonal Chart

Live Cattle Dec '20
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Dec Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Aug 4, 2020

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Commercials - Long / Short
121,587 (+3,872)
154,963 (+5,389)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
84,504 (+3,527)
43,802 (+557)
Producers - Long / Short
32,105 (+1,962)
150,425 (+5,086)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
87,078 (+1,793)
2,134 (+186)
Managed Money - Long / Short
60,423 (+3,075)
24,525 (-1,634)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
24,081 (+452)
19,277 (+2,191)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
106.000 +3.84%
on 07/08/20
112.325 -2.00%
on 08/06/20
+3.050 (+2.85%)
since 07/07/20
3-Month
100.700 +9.31%
on 06/15/20
112.325 -2.00%
on 08/06/20
+1.750 (+1.62%)
since 05/07/20
52-Week
89.250 +23.33%
on 04/06/20
122.300 -10.00%
on 01/15/20
-3.325 (-2.93%)
since 08/07/19

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Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 111.775
1st Resistance Point 110.925
Last Price 110.075s
1st Support Level 109.525
2nd Support Level 108.975

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52-Week High 122.300
Last Price 110.075s
Fibonacci 61.8% 109.675
Fibonacci 50% 105.775
Fibonacci 38.2% 101.875
52-Week Low 89.250

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