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Feeder Cattle Mar '22 (GFH22)

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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Markets Close Red on Friday

Fat cattle futures ended the Friday session with 22 to 62 cent losses through August ’22. The December contract was 2 cents stronger on Friday as the outlier. Dec deliveries begin Monday with FND. USDA mentioned some light $140-$142 catch up trade on Friday, but cited Wednesday and Thursday as the last market. Cash sales in the South and CO were mostly $142, with $140 observed in NE and WCB. Feeder cattle were $1.07 to $1.65 weaker on Friday. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was26 cents lower on 12/1 at $161.34. 

The weekly Commitment of Traders data release showed cattle spec traders were 78,517 contracts net long as of 11/30. That was their most bullish net position as a group since the 8/31 data. Feeder cattle speculative traders had flipped to net long on short covering through the week that ended 11/30, and were 4,907 contracts net long at the close. 

Wholesale Boxed Beef prices were up on Friday afternoon, with a $15.72 spread. Choice boxes were up by $2.34 and Select w... 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
$3,190/2,900
First Notice Date
03/31/22 (117 days)
Expiration Date
03/31/22 (117 days)

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Nov 30, 2021

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Commercials - Long / Short
12,806 (-232)
10,202 (+1,491)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
13,644 (-418)
9,883 (-4,315)
Producers - Long / Short
7,139 (-30)
8,355 (+1,348)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
4,375 (-462)
555 (-117)
Managed Money - Long / Short
10,957 (-188)
6,421 (-5,483)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
2,687 (-230)
3,462 (+1,168)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
158.125 +5.68%
on 11/12/21
169.075 -1.17%
on 11/29/21
+6.950 (+4.34%)
since 11/03/21
3-Month
152.250 +9.75%
on 11/01/21
169.075 -1.17%
on 11/29/21
+1.400 (+0.84%)
since 09/03/21

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LEZ21 : 137.675s (+0.02%)
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HEJ22 : 85.875s (-0.52%)
KMZ21 : 86.625s (-0.43%)
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HEZ21 : 74.000s (-0.54%)
HEJ22 : 85.875s (-0.52%)
KMZ21 : 86.625s (-0.43%)
Cattle Markets Pulling Back ahead of Weekend

Midday cattle futures are trading 27 to 62 cents lower so far. USDA mentioned most of the weeks cash activity was near $140, with a wider range from $138 to $140.50. Feeder cattle are also trading lower...

LEZ21 : 137.675s (+0.02%)
LEJ22 : 142.150s (-0.32%)
GFF22 : 164.125s (-1.00%)
GFH22 : 167.100s (-0.73%)
Cattle Rally Continues As Cash Trade Exceeds $140

Fat cattle futures extended their December bounce through the Thursday close. December contracts were the strongest mover in the front months, gaining $1.65, while the others were 52 to 97 cents higher....

LEZ21 : 137.675s (+0.02%)
LEJ22 : 142.150s (-0.32%)
GFF22 : 164.125s (-1.00%)
GFH22 : 167.100s (-0.73%)
Hogs Higher on Strong Exports

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HEZ21 : 74.000s (-0.54%)
HEJ22 : 85.875s (-0.52%)
KMZ21 : 86.625s (-0.43%)
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Light Buying Continues

Cattle Extend Recovery through Thursday

Fat cattle futures extended their December bounce back through the Thursday close. December contracts were the strongest mover in the front months, gaining $1.65, while the others were 52 to 97 cents higher....

LEZ21 : 137.675s (+0.02%)
LEJ22 : 142.150s (-0.32%)
GFF22 : 164.125s (-1.00%)
GFH22 : 167.100s (-0.73%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 171.500
2nd Resistance Point 170.250
1st Resistance Point 168.675
Last Price 167.100s
1st Support Level 165.850
2nd Support Level 164.600
3rd Support Level 163.025

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52-Week High 171.575
Last Price 167.100s
Fibonacci 61.8% 162.703
Fibonacci 50% 159.962
Fibonacci 38.2% 157.222
52-Week Low 148.350

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