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Live Cattle Dec '22 (LEZ22)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Bounce into Weekend

Live cattle futures closed Friday’s round of trading with 7 to 22 cent gains. August options expired today. Monday is First Notice Day for August cattle futures. The week’s cash market stayed mostly near $135-136 in the South and $143-147 in the North. Feeder cattle traded with triple digit gains on Friday, but closed the session 20 to 85 cents in the black. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was back up by $1.68 on 8/4 to $175.43.  

The CFTC’s Commitment of Traders report showed managed money cattle traders were 499 contracts more net long as more shorts were closed than longs during the week of 8/2. That left the group 38,004 contracts net long. In feeder cattle, the spec traders were 1,105 contracts less net short to just 189 contracts. 

June beef shipments were shown as 315m lbs. That was a record for the month, and marked the 4th consecutive monthly record. Beef shipments have been setting new records, or been near record levels since March of 2021. The Census total 1.786b... 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
$1,760/1,600
First Notice Date
12/05/22 (120 days)
Expiration Date
12/30/22 (145 days)

Seasonal Chart

Live Cattle Dec '22
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Dec Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Aug 2, 2022

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Commercials - Long / Short
98,150 (+384)
135,177 (+2,526)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
88,545 (-1,277)
51,656 (-2,239)
Producers - Long / Short
32,317 (+363)
129,602 (+3,047)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
63,142 (+606)
2,884 (+64)
Managed Money - Long / Short
64,347 (-500)
32,278 (-1,528)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
24,198 (-777)
19,378 (-711)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
144.175 +4.02%
on 07/11/22
150.700 -0.48%
on 08/05/22
+5.925 (+4.11%)
since 07/05/22
3-Month
142.025 +5.60%
on 05/31/22
150.700 -0.48%
on 08/05/22
+0.275 (+0.18%)
since 05/05/22
52-Week
133.500 +12.34%
on 09/13/21
152.375 -1.58%
on 04/22/22
+12.725 (+9.27%)
since 08/05/21

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LEQ22 : 137.875s (+0.13%)
LEV22 : 143.875s (+0.16%)
LEZ22 : 149.975s (+0.05%)
GFQ22 : 179.525s (+0.25%)
GFU22 : 183.425s (+0.47%)
Mixed Midday in Hog Market

Nearby lean hog futures are trading 17 to 97 cents in the black. The deferred contracts are in the red with losses of as much as a dime as the spread to August widens. The USDA’s National Average Base...

HEQ22 : 120.825s (+0.15%)
HEZ22 : 88.825s (+0.23%)
KMQ22 : 125.475s (-0.57%)
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Thursday Gains for Hogs

Thursday hog trading saw the August contract 35 cents lower as the other nearbys rallied as much as $1.75. October was the leader on the way up, and tightened the spread to August to $23.05. The USDA’s...

HEQ22 : 120.825s (+0.15%)
HEZ22 : 88.825s (+0.23%)
KMQ22 : 125.475s (-0.57%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 151.683
2nd Resistance Point 151.192
1st Resistance Point 150.583
Last Price 149.975s
1st Support Level 149.483
2nd Support Level 148.992
3rd Support Level 148.383

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52-Week High 152.375
Last Price 149.975s
Fibonacci 61.8% 145.165
Fibonacci 50% 142.938
Fibonacci 38.2% 140.710
52-Week Low 133.500

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