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Live Cattle Dec '21 (LEZ21)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Market Closes Wednesday Higher

At the closing bell for the midweek session, live cattle futures were off their intraday highs, but still $.12 to $1.12 in the black. December was the weakest. Central Stockyards is hosting a bonus Thursday auction as the FCE online auction resulted in no sales for the 1,868 head listed. Feedlots were consistent at $140 ask, while bids were capped at $138.50. Cash trade has been limited for the week through Wednesday, with some $138 deals reported, and light  $135 - $140 sales earlier in the week. Feeder cattle closed $0.97 to $1.62 higher in the front months, with April going home above $170 for the first time since Sep 1. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was $162.46 on 11/29 after a $1.17 bump. 

Wholesale Boxed Beef prices were quoted weaker in the PM report. Choice was down by $1.46 and Select was $2.32 weaker. USDA estimates FI cattle slaughter at 365k head for the week through Wednesday. That matches last week’s pace and remains 6,000 ahead of the same week last year.

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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
$1,760/1,600
First Notice Date
12/06/21 (4 days)
Expiration Date
12/31/21 (29 days)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Nov 23, 2021

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Commercials - Long / Short
119,408 (+998)
172,792 (+11,348)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
113,139 (+10,589)
47,678 (-2,646)
Producers - Long / Short
28,105 (+361)
165,808 (+11,161)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
86,247 (+616)
1,928 (+166)
Managed Money - Long / Short
86,963 (+8,996)
23,056 (-6,836)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
26,176 (+1,593)
24,622 (+4,190)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
128.875 +5.53%
on 11/02/21
139.125 -2.25%
on 11/29/21
+7.150 (+5.55%)
since 11/01/21
3-Month
125.000 +8.80%
on 10/01/21
139.125 -2.25%
on 11/29/21
+2.400 (+1.80%)
since 09/01/21
52-Week
115.925 +17.32%
on 12/08/20
139.125 -2.25%
on 11/29/21
+18.300 (+15.55%)
since 12/01/20

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Morning Comments; Thursday, December 2nd, 2021

Light Buying Surfaces

Cattle Market Closes Wednesday Higher

At the closing bell for the midweek session, live cattle futures were off their intraday highs, but still $.12 to $1.12 in the black. December was the weakest. Central Stockyards is hosting a bonus Thursday...

LEZ21 : 136.000s (+0.09%)
LEJ22 : 141.775s (+0.50%)
GFF22 : 165.825s (+0.59%)
GFH22 : 167.900s (+0.84%)
Lean Hogs Close Wednesday Mixed

Hog futures closed mixed on Wednesday with 15 to 25 cent gains in the Dec and Feb contracts, The back month futures closed 7 to 37 cents weaker on the day. USDA’s National Average Base hog price for...

HEZ21 : 73.625s (+0.34%)
HEJ22 : 85.075s (-0.21%)
KMZ21 : 87.900s (-0.54%)
Livestock Report

Hogs and Feeders consolidate while cattle limps higher

Shootin' the Bull

Beef demand is anticipated to keep packers aggressive in acquiring inventory.  Feed yards are anticipated to benefit from this as packers will need to slaughter more to produce equal beef amounts to the...

Fats and Oils

Fats and Oils - 2021-12-01

ZCH22 : 576-6 (+0.92%)
ZSF22 : 1233-2 (+0.41%)
XSF22 : 4,083s (-1.11%)
XTF22 : 6,093s (-0.26%)
XVF22 : 2,645s (-0.56%)
ZMF22 : 350.5 (+0.40%)
ZLF22 : 55.78 (+1.09%)
XUK22 : 3,035s (-0.85%)
XXF22 : 9,042s (-1.87%)
RSH22 : 969.80 (+0.26%)
KOG22 : 4,650s (-0.73%)
YHF22 : 9,136s (-1.51%)
Broiler Hatchery

Broiler Hatchery - 2021-12-01

Z8Y00 : 135.50s (unch)
WDF22 : 4,355s (-0.73%)
Cattle Recovering for Midweek

Wednesday fat cattle futures trading has the board up by 67 cents to $1.35 so far for midday. Feeder cattle are also $0.85 to $1.57 higher at midday in the front month contracts. The FCE online auction...

LEZ21 : 136.000s (+0.09%)
LEJ22 : 141.775s (+0.50%)
GFF22 : 165.825s (+0.59%)
GFH22 : 167.900s (+0.84%)
Hogs Extend Downturn through Midday

So far through the midweek session, lean hog futures are trading another 47 to 62 cents weaker. December hogs are the outlier with a 15 cent bounce. USDA’s National Average Base hog price for Wednesday...

HEZ21 : 73.625s (+0.34%)
HEJ22 : 85.075s (-0.21%)
KMZ21 : 87.900s (-0.54%)
Cattle Futures Give Back a Little, Wait for Cash Trend to Develop

Tuesday’s sell off found support in back month feeder cattle futures, while the rest of the complex stayed sharply lower. Fats ended with $0.67 to $1.45 losses, with April the weakest on the day. Feeders...

LEZ21 : 136.000s (+0.09%)
LEJ22 : 141.775s (+0.50%)
GFF22 : 165.825s (+0.59%)
GFH22 : 167.900s (+0.84%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 138.508
2nd Resistance Point 137.967
1st Resistance Point 136.983
Last Price 136.000s
1st Support Level 135.458
2nd Support Level 134.917
3rd Support Level 133.933

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52-Week High 139.125
Last Price 136.000s
Fibonacci 61.8% 130.263
Fibonacci 50% 127.525
Fibonacci 38.2% 124.787
52-Week Low 115.925

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