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Feeder Cattle Jan '23 (GFF23)

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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Recover on Thursday

Front month fat cattle futures were 37 to 57 cents higher on the day. For Dec that took the contract back to $152.42 – relative to the $152-156 cash market. USDA confirmed some Southern trade near $154 on Thursday, but the Southern deals remain limited for the week. Northern trade was mostly near $156 this week. Front month feeder cattle futures closed $1.75 to $2.57 in the black. The 12/07 CME Feeder Cattle Index was 21 cents higher to $179.23. 

USDA’s Export Sales report tallied beef bookings at just 1,601 MT for 2022, as we near the end of the year. Sales for 2023, however, were a large 16,349 MT. Shipments were 16,864 MT, taking the full year’s total to 875k MT.

Wholesale Boxed Beef prices were mixed in the Thursday PM report, with Choice down by $1.68 to Select’s $0.78 cent increase. USDA estimated the week’s FI cattle slaughter at 508k head through Thursday. That is down 4k head from last week’s pace by up by 21k head from the same week last year. 

 

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Contract Specifications

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Contract
Feeder Cattle
Contract Size
50,000 pounds
Tick Size
0.00025 per pound ($12.50 per contract)
Trading Hours
8:30a.m. - 1:05p.m. (Settles 1:00p.m.) CST
Exchange
CME
Point Value
$500
Margin/Maintenance
$3,315/2,850
First Notice Date
01/26/23 (48 days)
Expiration Date
01/26/23 (48 days)

Seasonal Chart

Feeder Cattle Jan '23
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Jan Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Nov 29, 2022

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Commercials - Long / Short
17,457 (+1,068)
9,552 (-1,071)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
12,133 (-80)
20,122 (+4,230)
Producers - Long / Short
10,261 (+921)
5,012 (-1,164)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
3,337 (+71)
681 (+17)
Managed Money - Long / Short
8,639 (-1,053)
17,259 (+3,501)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
3,494 (+973)
2,863 (+729)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
176.325 +4.06%
on 11/15/22
184.200 -0.39%
on 12/05/22
+3.575 (+1.99%)
since 11/08/22
3-Month
173.350 +5.84%
on 10/10/22
188.050 -2.43%
on 09/09/22
-3.200 (-1.71%)
since 09/08/22

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Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 187.183
2nd Resistance Point 185.492
1st Resistance Point 184.483
Last Price 183.475s
1st Support Level 181.783
2nd Support Level 180.092
3rd Support Level 179.083

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52-Week High 191.500
Fibonacci 61.8% 183.583
Last Price 183.475s
Fibonacci 50% 181.137
Fibonacci 38.2% 178.692
52-Week Low 170.775

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