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Live Cattle Dec '21 (LEZ21)
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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Feeder Cattle Felt Friday Pressure

The cattle futures market was mixed on Friday with fats gaining ground to new contract highs and the feeders fading into the holiday weekend on rising feed costs. Live cattle futures settled up by 5 to 57 cents on the day, leaving June at a net $1.62 gain for the week. USDA called the bulk price for the week $171 in the South, $180-182 in the North, and $285 in the beef. Feeders were down 77 to $1.12 in the front month future contracts. That left August contracts at a net $1.17 loss for the week. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was $209.86 on 5/25, up by $1.72. 

The weekly CoT report showed managed money was adding cattle positions through the week that ended 5/23. The net new buying offset the net new selling for a 1.7k contract stronger net long of 102k contracts. The spec funds were net new buyers of feeder cattle through the week, extending their net long by 2k contracts to 16.8k. 

USDA’s Wholesale Boxed Beef report showed higher prices for Friday, with Choice $3.99 high... 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
12/31/21 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

Live Cattle Dec '21
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Dec Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of May 23, 2023

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Commercials - Long / Short
89,344 (+2,268)
179,235 (-197)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
151,178 (+5,470)
49,531 (+5,939)
Producers - Long / Short
33,786 (+3,201)
172,482 (+164)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
51,763 (-370)
2,958 (+202)
Managed Money - Long / Short
116,639 (+3,804)
15,599 (+1,801)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
34,539 (+1,666)
33,932 (+4,138)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
134.000 +3.66%
on 12/20/21
139.550 -0.47%
on 12/30/21
+3.025 (+2.23%)
since 11/30/21
125.000 +11.12%
on 10/01/21
139.550 -0.47%
on 12/30/21
+13.175 (+10.48%)
since 09/30/21
118.300 +17.41%
on 01/04/21
139.550 -0.47%
on 12/30/21
+19.225 (+16.06%)
since 12/30/20

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Hog futures ended Friday with more triple digit losses to new life-of-contract lows. June settled the session 2% in the red for a net weekly drop of $6.95. June is also at a $15.62 loss so far for the...

HEM23 : 76.075s (-2.03%)
HEQ23 : 74.050s (-3.77%)
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Feeder Cattle Felt Friday Pressure

The cattle futures market was mixed on Friday with fats gaining ground to new contract highs and the feeders fading into the holiday weekend on rising feed costs. Live cattle futures settled up by 5 to...

LEM23 : 167.350s (+0.03%)
LEQ23 : 165.175s (+0.24%)
LEV23 : 169.600s (+0.34%)
GFQ23 : 233.925s (-0.33%)
GFU23 : 237.100s (-0.41%)
New Contract Highs (Again) - CME Livestock Commentary

Live cattle futures marked new contract highs on the open as the June contract approaches delivery.

Shootin' the Bull about a little bit of everything

Cattle feeders are seeing profit margins narrow going forward.  How ever much feed costs do subside, it won't come close to overcoming the feeder cattle price represented by summer and fall futures.

Another Triple Digit Drop in Hog Futures

Friday trading is pushing the lean hog futures market another triple digits lower, led by a $2.12 drop in August through midday. June contracts are down a net $6 so far for the week and well below the...

HEM23 : 76.075s (-2.03%)
HEQ23 : 74.050s (-3.77%)
KMM23 : 79.375s (-2.34%)
Cattle Market Mixed at Midday

So far for Friday the cattle complex is mixed with stronger fats and weaker feeders. The front month live cattle futures are trading 12 to 55 cents higher at midday. Nearby feeder cattle contracts are...

LEM23 : 167.350s (+0.03%)
LEQ23 : 165.175s (+0.24%)
LEV23 : 169.600s (+0.34%)
LEY00 : 170.850s (unch)
GFQ23 : 233.925s (-0.33%)
GFU23 : 237.100s (-0.41%)
Nearly $6 Losses for WTD Hog Prices

Hog futures closed near the lows for the day with front month losses of $1 to $3.57. New life-of-contract lows were printed on Thursday, with futures dropping well below the cash index used to settle them...

HEM23 : 76.075s (-2.03%)
HEQ23 : 74.050s (-3.77%)
KMM23 : 79.375s (-2.34%)
New Lead Month for Feeders

May feeder cattle went off the board at $208.97, as the 5/24 CME Feeder Cattle Index was 78 cents higher at $208.14. The August contract takes over as the lead month at a $25.72 premium and just $10.50...

LEM23 : 167.350s (+0.03%)
LEQ23 : 165.175s (+0.24%)
LEV23 : 169.600s (+0.34%)
GFU23 : 237.100s (-0.41%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 140.767
2nd Resistance Point 140.033
1st Resistance Point 139.467
Last Price 138.900s
1st Support Level 138.167
2nd Support Level 137.433
3rd Support Level 136.867

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52-Week High 139.550
Last Price 138.900s
Fibonacci 61.8% 131.432
Fibonacci 50% 128.925
Fibonacci 38.2% 126.417
52-Week Low 118.300

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