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Feeder Cattle Pit Apr '24 (FCJ24)

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Feeder Cattle (Pit) Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Pulling Back After Early Week Gains

Live cattle futures are down anywhere from a quarter to $1.45 at midday. Cash action has been quiet this week. The Central Stockyards Fed Cattle Exchange saw no sales on the 1,376 head listed, with bids at $181 and asks at $184. Feeder cattle are also in retreat after running into some technical resistance, with losses of 7 cents to $1.12 on Wednesday so far. The CME Feeder Cattle index was back up 29 cents on April 15 to $241.36. 

Cattle on Feed data will be released on Friday, with the trade expecting to see March placements down 7% from a year ago. Marketings during the month are projected to be 11.9% lower vs. March 2023.  April 1 on feed inventory is seen up 2.1% from last year.

USDA’s Wholesale Boxed Beef prices were lower in the Wednesday morning summary. Choice boxes were down 23 cents to $297.79, with Select up 74 cents to $291.90. That narrowed the Chc/Sel spread back down to $5.89. Tuesday’s USDA estimated cattle slaughter was pegged at 124,000, taking the wee... Read more

Contract Specifications

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Contract
Feeder Cattle [Pit]
Contract Size
50,000 pounds
Tick Size
0.00025 per pound ($12.50 per contract)
Trading Hours
8:30a.m. - 1:02p.m. CST
Exchange
CME
Point Value
$500
Expiration Date
04/25/24 (8 days)

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Feeder Cattle Pit Apr '24
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Pit Contracts
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
250.450 unch
on 03/25/24
258.950 -3.28%
on 02/27/24
-9.525 (-3.66%)
since 02/23/24
3-Month
228.900 +9.41%
on 12/29/23
259.975 -3.66%
on 02/23/24
+20.925 (+9.12%)
since 12/22/23

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Hogs Mostly Lower on Wednesday

Hogs are down 15 to 52 cents across most contracts, with exception to a 12 cent gain in the August. USDA’s National Average Base Hog negotiated price was up $2.31 at $88.45 in this morning report. The...

HEK24 : 94.925s (+0.21%)
HEM24 : 102.725s (-0.10%)
HEN24 : 104.300s (+0.26%)
Cattle Pulling Back After Early Week Gains

Live cattle futures are down anywhere from a quarter to $1.45 at midday. Cash action has been quiet this week. The Central Stockyards Fed Cattle Exchange saw no sales on the 1,376 head listed, with bids...

LEJ24 : 180.900s (-0.33%)
LEM24 : 175.325s (-0.23%)
LEQ24 : 172.775s (-0.09%)
GFJ24 : 240.425s (+0.03%)
GFK24 : 240.275s (-0.29%)
GFQ24 : 252.125s (-0.09%)
Cattle Rally

Cattle futures were able to stage an impressive relief rally in yesterday's trade but are approaching resistance.  Will the Bulls be able to keep the momentum going?

Hogs Look to Wednesday Trade

Lean hogs posted gains of anywhere from a tick to 40 cents on Tuesday. December was the lone exception, a dime lower. USDA’s National Average Base Hog negotiated price was up $3.33 at $86.04 in this...

HEK24 : 94.925s (+0.21%)
HEM24 : 102.725s (-0.10%)
HEN24 : 104.300s (+0.26%)
Cattle Bulls Working on First Winning Streak Since February

Live cattle continued the rally from Monday with contracts closing $1.20 to $1.90 higher at the close on Tuesday. A higher close today would make it 3 days in a row for the first time in nearly 2 months....

LEJ24 : 180.900s (-0.33%)
LEM24 : 175.325s (-0.23%)
LEQ24 : 172.775s (-0.09%)
GFJ24 : 240.425s (+0.03%)
GFK24 : 240.275s (-0.29%)
GFQ24 : 252.125s (-0.09%)
Hogs Higher on Turnaround Tuesday

Lean hogs posted gains of anywhere from a tick to 40 cents on Tuesday. December was the lone exception, a dime lower. USDA’s National Average Base Hog negotiated price was up $3.33 at $86.04 in this...

HEK24 : 94.925s (+0.21%)
HEM24 : 102.725s (-0.10%)
HEN24 : 104.300s (+0.26%)
Cattle Rally On Tuesday

Live cattle continued the rally on Tuesday with contracts closing $1.20 to $1.90 higher at the close. Still no deliveries have been scheduled against April futures as of Tuesday. Cash action has been quiet...

LEJ24 : 180.900s (-0.33%)
LEM24 : 175.325s (-0.23%)
LEQ24 : 172.775s (-0.09%)
GFJ24 : 240.425s (+0.03%)
GFK24 : 240.275s (-0.29%)
GFQ24 : 252.125s (-0.09%)
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Cattle Extending Rally into Tuesday

Live cattle are posting an extension of Monday’s rally on Tuesday, with gains of $1.05 to $1.77. Cash action was quiet on Monday, with last week reported @ $182 in the South and Northern action at $293-295...

LEJ24 : 180.900s (-0.33%)
LEM24 : 175.325s (-0.23%)
LEQ24 : 172.775s (-0.09%)
GFJ24 : 240.425s (+0.03%)
GFK24 : 240.275s (-0.29%)
GFQ24 : 252.125s (-0.09%)
Hogs Higher on Turnaround Tuesday for Some

Lean hogs are trading with 20 to 55 cent gains on Tuesday. USDA’s National Average Base Hog negotiated price was reported at $86.14 in this morning’s report up 43 cents from yesterday afternoon’s...

HEK24 : 94.925s (+0.21%)
HEM24 : 102.725s (-0.10%)
HEN24 : 104.300s (+0.26%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 250.450
2nd Resistance Point 250.450
1st Resistance Point 250.450
Last Price 250.450s
1st Support Level 250.450
2nd Support Level 250.450
3rd Support Level 250.450

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52-Week High 273.400
Fibonacci 61.8% 250.872
Last Price 250.450s
Fibonacci 50% 243.913
Fibonacci 38.2% 236.953
52-Week Low 214.425

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