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Feeder Cattle Jan '22 (GFF22)

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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Futures Mixed Mostly Lower

Midday fat cattle prices are 20 cents firmer in June, now a 3 cent premium to August. The other nearbys are 35 to 42 cents in the red with trade cautious ahead of the monthly USDA COF report. Feeder cattle futures are trading 22 to 90 cents weaker through midday. Cash cattle trades have seen a little action at $138 in the south this week, with sales in the north at $140-142. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was down $1.59 to $153.46 on 5/18.  

Survey averages ahead of today’s USDA Cattle on Feed report have placements during April down 4.6% vs. last year, with marketings down 2%. May on feed expectations are estimated to be up 1.3% by the trade.

Wholesale Boxed Beef prices were mixed in the AM report, with Choice $1 higher to $261.47 and Select a nickel weaker to $245.97 cwt. USDA estimated FI cattle slaughter at 499,000 head for the WTD through Thursday. That is up 4,000 wk/wk and 25,000 head larger yr/yr.

Jun 22 Cattle  are at $131.575, up $0.075,

Aug 22 Cattle ... Read more

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
01/27/22
Expiration Date
01/27/22 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

Feeder Cattle Jan '22
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Jan Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of May 17, 2022

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Commercials - Long / Short
13,628 (+897)
5,918 (-252)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
15,668 (+710)
21,337 (+4,864)
Producers - Long / Short
7,259 (+659)
5,007 (-475)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
5,614 (+171)
156 (+156)
Managed Money - Long / Short
11,042 (+166)
18,002 (+3,941)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
4,626 (+544)
3,335 (+923)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
157.650 +0.64%
on 01/24/22
167.550 -5.31%
on 12/31/21
-4.890 (-2.99%)
since 12/28/21
3-Month
150.775 +5.23%
on 11/01/21
168.300 -5.73%
on 11/29/21
+1.085 (+0.69%)
since 10/28/21
52-Week
147.750 +7.38%
on 05/06/21
172.000 -7.76%
on 08/24/21
+6.160 (+4.04%)
since 01/28/21

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Shootin' the Bull

In my opinion,  the fat market appears divided into two camps.  Those being, ample inventory to work through into August, and dwindling supplies afterwards.  The futures markets appear priced accordingly...

Cattle on Feed

Cattle on Feed - 2022-05-20

FCQ22 : 163.925s (-0.77%)
GFQ22 : 163.925s (-0.77%)
LCQ22 : 131.550s (-0.36%)
LEQ22 : 131.550s (-0.36%)
Cattle Futures Mixed Mostly Lower

Midday fat cattle prices are 20 cents firmer in June, now a 3 cent premium to August. The other nearbys are 35 to 42 cents in the red with trade cautious ahead of the monthly USDA COF report. Feeder cattle...

LEM22 : 131.575s (+0.06%)
LEQ22 : 131.550s (-0.36%)
LEV22 : 137.425s (-0.42%)
GFK22 : 153.400s (-0.47%)
GFQ22 : 163.925s (-0.77%)
Lean Hog Market Firm for Midday

Hogs have come off their early session losses with 22 to 55 cent gains through midday. The June contract is leading the Friday rally with a $2.25 gain. The National Average Base Hog price was $2.02 higher...

HEM22 : 108.875s (+3.40%)
HEQ22 : 108.175s (+1.93%)
KMM22 : 114.100 (+2.40%)
Cattle Spreads and the May 1 Cattle on Feed Report

Activity in cattle spreads during the month of April told us what was happening with placements and marketings, and ultimately the number of head on feed as of May 1. It doesn't matter if USDA agrees in...

LEM22 : 131.575s (+0.06%)
Cattle Look to Position Ahead of Cattle on Feed Report

Live cattle were up 2 to 32 cents in the nearby contracts on Thursday, with other contracts down 25 to 57 cents. Cash trade has seen a little action at $138 in the south this week, with sales in the north...

LEM22 : 131.575s (+0.06%)
LEQ22 : 131.550s (-0.36%)
LEV22 : 137.425s (-0.42%)
GFK22 : 153.400s (-0.47%)
GFQ22 : 163.925s (-0.77%)
Hogs Look to Close Out the Week

Lean hogs were down 27 cents to $1.72 in the front months on Thursday, with deferred contracts up 7 to 35 cents. The National Average Base Hog price for the Thursday PM report was $110.51 down $1.18 from...

HEM22 : 108.875s (+3.40%)
HEQ22 : 108.175s (+1.93%)
KMM22 : 114.100 (+2.40%)
Morning Comments; Friday, May 20th, 2022

Markets Lack Buying Interest

Cattle Mixed on Thursday

Live cattle were up 2 to 32 cents in the nearby contracts n Thursday, with other contracts down 25 to 57 cents. Cash trade has seen a little action at $138 in the south this week, with sales in the north...

LEM22 : 131.575s (+0.06%)
LEQ22 : 131.550s (-0.36%)
LEV22 : 137.425s (-0.42%)
GFK22 : 153.400s (-0.47%)
GFQ22 : 163.925s (-0.77%)
Hogs Mixed at the Closing Bell

Lean hogs were down 27 cents to $1.72 in the front months on Thursday, with deferred contracts up 7 to 35 cents. The National Average Base Hog price for the Thursday PM report was $110.51 down $1.18 from...

HEM22 : 108.875s (+3.40%)
HEQ22 : 108.175s (+1.93%)
KMM22 : 114.100 (+2.40%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 158.660
2nd Resistance Point 158.660
1st Resistance Point 158.660
Last Price 158.660s
1st Support Level 158.660
2nd Support Level 158.660
3rd Support Level 158.660

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52-Week High 172.000
Fibonacci 61.8% 162.736
Fibonacci 50% 159.875
Last Price 158.660s
Fibonacci 38.2% 157.013
52-Week Low 147.750

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