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Live Cattle Cash (LEY00)
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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Midday Cattle Working Higher

Live cattle futures are trading with triple digit gains to finish the week and begin the new month. April is up by $1.65 and August is 92 cents higher so far. Midday feeder cattle are 0.75% to 1.2% higher with gains of as much as $3. USDA had Thursday’s cash sales between $181 and $184 citing the bulk of the action near $183. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was 54 cents weaker on 2/28 to $246.26. 

USDA’s Boxed Beef prices were stronger on Friday morning with Choice up by $1.91 and Select $1.81 higher. FI cattle slaughter was 495k head for the week through Thursday, which compares to 472k head last week and 499.5k head during the same week last year.  

April 24 Cattle  are at $187.000, up $1.650,

Jun 24 Cattle  are at $182.825, up $1.600,

Aug 24 Cattle  are at $181.800, up $1.100,

Cash Cattle Index was $181.840, from $179.00 last week

Mar 24 Feeder Cattle  are at $252.125, up $3.125

April 24 Feeder Cattle  are at $257.250, up $3.525

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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
Expiration Date
12/31/00 (expired)

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Live Cattle Cash
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Cash Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Feb 27, 2024

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Commercials - Long / Short
105,811 (-712)
166,276 (+2,627)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
114,745 (+8,270)
48,746 (+4,151)
Producers - Long / Short
51,008 (-745)
161,915 (+2,184)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
53,029 (-35)
2,587 (+375)
Managed Money - Long / Short
80,985 (+6,571)
22,013 (+1,802)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
33,760 (+1,699)
26,733 (+2,349)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
175.000 +3.91%
on 02/01/24
183.000 -0.63%
on 02/28/24
+6.840 (+3.91%)
since 01/29/24
3-Month
170.000 +6.96%
on 12/28/23
183.000 -0.63%
on 02/28/24
+4.840 (+2.73%)
since 11/29/23
52-Week
163.000 +11.56%
on 03/30/23
190.000 -4.29%
on 06/09/23
+18.280 (+11.18%)
since 02/28/23

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Shootin' the Bull about squeezing the cattle feeder

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Hogs Rallying into Weekend

Lean hog futures are trading $0.82 to $1.02 higher so far across the front months. April futures were a net $1.80 higher for the month, and are sitting at a net 45c gain for the week so far. USDA’s National...

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Midday Cattle Working Higher

Live cattle futures are trading with triple digit gains to finish the week and begin the new month. April is up by $1.65 and August is 92 cents higher so far. Midday feeder cattle are 0.75% to 1.2% higher...

LEJ24 : 188.450s (+1.67%)
LEM24 : 184.000s (+1.53%)
LEQ24 : 182.700s (+1.11%)
LEY00 : 181.840s (-0.63%)
GFH24 : 252.975s (+1.60%)
GFJ24 : 258.000s (+1.68%)
Hogs Closed Higher on Thursday

The bonus day for the month of Feb finished with the lean hog board 27 to 67 cents stronger. April futures were a net $1.80 higher for the month. USDA’s National Average Base Hog price was $1.02 stronger...

HEJ24 : 88.075s (+1.67%)
HEM24 : 102.050s (+1.85%)
KMJ24 : 94.000 (+0.75%)
Cattle Futures to Close the Week and Start the Month

The live cattle market ended the last trade day of the month with 60 to 95 cent losses. Despite that, April was still up by a net $4.65 for the month’s move. Feb cattle expired at $184 flat. Feeder cattle...

LEJ24 : 188.450s (+1.67%)
LEM24 : 184.000s (+1.53%)
LEQ24 : 182.700s (+1.11%)
GFH24 : 252.975s (+1.60%)
GFJ24 : 258.000s (+1.68%)
Cattle Continued Fading into Month’s End

The live cattle market ended the last trade day of the month with 60 to 95 cent losses. Despite that, April was still up by a net $4.65 for the month’s move. Feb cattle expired at $184 flat. Feeder cattle...

LEJ24 : 188.450s (+1.67%)
LEM24 : 184.000s (+1.53%)
LEQ24 : 182.700s (+1.11%)
GFH24 : 252.975s (+1.60%)
GFJ24 : 258.000s (+1.68%)
Hogs Closed Higher on Thursday

The bonus day for the month of Feb finished with the lean hog board 27 to 67 cents stronger. April futures were a net $1.80 higher for the month. USDA’s National Average Base Hog price was $1.02 stronger...

HEJ24 : 88.075s (+1.67%)
HEM24 : 102.050s (+1.85%)
KMJ24 : 94.000 (+0.75%)
Shootin' the Bull about the agenda

The agenda is strengthening.  The methodical pace of slaughter is pulling box beef higher, as well as carcass weights.

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ZSYAUS-BIW.CM : 52.03 (unch)
XSK24 : 3,587s (+1.50%)
XTK24 : 4,524s (+0.35%)
ZCK24 : 424-6s (-1.11%)
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XVK24 : 2,464s (+0.33%)
XEU24 : 59.50 (-0.03%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 181.840
2nd Resistance Point 181.840
1st Resistance Point 181.840
Last Price 181.840s
1st Support Level 181.840
2nd Support Level 181.840
3rd Support Level 181.840

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52-Week High 190.000
Last Price 181.840s
Fibonacci 61.8% 179.686
Fibonacci 50% 176.500
Fibonacci 38.2% 173.314
52-Week Low 163.000

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