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Feeder Cattle Apr '24 (GFJ24)
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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Rally Triple Digits into Monthly Report

Live cattle futures were up by $1.32 to $2.10 on Friday with a triple digit bounce into the CoF report. Feeders closed up by as much as 1.3% on the last trade day of the week, leaving March up by $3.55 for the week. USDA confirmed cash trade from $180.50 to $184 on Friday with solid volume. The bulk of the week’s action took place mostly $2-$3 higher near $182. The CME Feeder Cattle Index increased by another 51 cents on 2/22 to $245 flat.  

Weekly Commitment of Traders data had managed money traders with a 50.5k contract net long in cattle as of 2/20. That was an 8k contract stronger net long for the week. Feeder cattle spec traders also expanded their net long, but by 200 contracts to 8.2k contracts. 

The monthly Cattle on Feed report showed 11.797m head were on feed on Feb 1. That was 0.4% above the Feb ’23 count compared and similar to the 0.1% increase expected. Placements came in 7.4% below last year compared to the expected 11.6% drop with 1.792m head placed in Ja... 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
$4,537/4,125
First Notice Date
04/25/24 (62 days)
Expiration Date
04/25/24 (62 days)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Feb 20, 2024

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Commercials - Long / Short
16,125 (+111)
12,945 (-233)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
14,867 (+831)
11,131 (+428)
Producers - Long / Short
12,031 (+166)
9,792 (-247)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
2,329 (-22)
1,388 (+47)
Managed Money - Long / Short
10,976 (+553)
3,578 (-291)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
3,891 (+278)
7,553 (+719)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
238.125 +9.18%
on 01/25/24
260.075 -0.04%
on 02/23/24
+20.425 (+8.53%)
since 01/23/24
3-Month
213.700 +21.65%
on 12/07/23
260.075 -0.04%
on 02/23/24
+26.075 (+11.15%)
since 11/22/23

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Cattle Rally Triple Digits into Monthly Report

Live cattle futures were up by $1.32 to $2.10 on Friday with a triple digit bounce into the CoF report. Feeders closed up by as much as 1.3% on the last trade day of the week, leaving March up by $3.55...

LEG24 : 185.600s (+1.14%)
LEJ24 : 187.900s (+0.72%)
LEM24 : 183.875s (+0.64%)
GFH24 : 254.575s (+1.00%)
GFJ24 : 259.975s (+1.28%)
Hog Futures Push Higher into Weekend

The lean hog market ended Friday with another 45 to 60 cent gains, which left April $1.97 higher for the week. The July contract closed +$100 for the first time since Feb 2023. USDA’s National Average...

HEJ24 : 87.200s (unch)
HEM24 : 99.375s (+0.45%)
KMJ24 : 93.225s (-0.03%)
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Cattle on Feed

Cattle on Feed - 2024-02-23

FCJ24 : 259.975s (+1.28%)
GFJ24 : 259.975s (+1.28%)
LCJ24 : 187.900s (+0.72%)
LEJ24 : 187.900s (+0.72%)
Hogs Pushing Upside into Weekend

Friday’s 15 to 70 cent gains are keeping the lean hog market off the week’s high for the weekend, but April is still at a net $2.15 gain WTDUSDA’s National Average Base Hog price increased by 58...

HEJ24 : 87.200s (unch)
HEK24 : 90.850s (+0.58%)
KMJ24 : 93.225s (-0.03%)
Cattle Rallying into Monthly Report

After a cooldown on Thursday, the live cattle market is up by $1.37 to $1.92 for Friday’s midday. Feeders are trading up by as much as $3. CME had 48 contracts retendered for Feb cattle futures deliveries....

LEG24 : 185.600s (+1.14%)
LEJ24 : 187.900s (+0.72%)
LEM24 : 183.875s (+0.64%)
LEY00 : 179.000s (unch)
GFH24 : 254.575s (+1.00%)
GFJ24 : 259.975s (+1.28%)
NASS CoF Data Due After the Close

Cattle futures were lower on Thursday as traders squared up positions ahead of today’s USDA Cattle on Feed report. Fats stayed 47 cents to $1.15 weaker for the bell, with April 30 cents of the session...

LEG24 : 185.600s (+1.14%)
LEJ24 : 187.900s (+0.72%)
LEM24 : 183.875s (+0.64%)
GFH24 : 254.575s (+1.00%)
GFJ24 : 259.975s (+1.28%)
Pork Export Demand Due Later this Morning

Lean hogs were $0.62 to $1.22 stronger on Thursday. That has April up by $1.97 for the week, after posting the strongest prices since March. USDA’s National Average Base Hog price increased by 58 cents...

HEJ24 : 87.200s (unch)
HEM24 : 99.375s (+0.45%)
KMJ24 : 93.225s (-0.03%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 265.742
2nd Resistance Point 262.908
1st Resistance Point 261.442
Last Price 259.975s
1st Support Level 257.142
2nd Support Level 254.308
3rd Support Level 252.842

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52-Week High 273.600
Last Price 259.975s
Fibonacci 61.8% 250.718
Fibonacci 50% 243.650
Fibonacci 38.2% 236.582
52-Week Low 213.700

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