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Feeder Cattle May '23 (GFK23)
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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Close Near New Highs

The May feeder cattle contract missed out on new contract highs set across the rest of the live cattle and feeder futures. For April live cattle the 80c gain on Friday left the contract at a net $5.35 gain for the week and a $2.87 gain for the month. During the month of March, April fats traded in a $7.90 range from -$4.85 to +$3.05. Feeder cattle futures went into the weekend with $0.80 to $1.27 gains. That left the April contract at a net $6.02 gain for the week and a $5.70 gain for the month. The fall contracts remain $21 to $25 above the spot month. 

CFTC’s weekly Commitment of Traders report had 6.5k fewer contracts in play for the managed money funds after the week that ended 3/28. The group’s net long shrank by 1.1k contracts to 62,631. In feeders the spec funds were 6,687 contracts net long after long liquidation lightly offset the short covering. 

Friday’s cash market was light from $168 to $173. The bulk of trade this week was near $170 in the North and near $1... 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
05/25/23 (54 days)
Expiration Date
05/25/23 (54 days)

Seasonal Chart

Feeder Cattle May '23
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior May Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Mar 28, 2023

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Commercials - Long / Short
13,319 (-356)
13,299 (+254)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
21,332 (-860)
14,470 (-972)
Producers - Long / Short
9,086 (-156)
9,918 (+366)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
1,272 (-187)
420 (-99)
Managed Money - Long / Short
15,626 (-1,295)
9,648 (-737)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
5,706 (+435)
4,822 (-235)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
196.650 +4.37%
on 03/24/23
207.025 -0.86%
on 03/09/23
+5.625 (+2.82%)
since 02/28/23
3-Month
188.850 +8.68%
on 01/19/23
207.025 -0.86%
on 03/09/23
+12.750 (+6.62%)
since 12/28/22

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 208.883
2nd Resistance Point 207.867
1st Resistance Point 206.558
Last Price 205.250s
1st Support Level 204.233
2nd Support Level 203.217
3rd Support Level 201.908

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52-Week High 207.025
Last Price 205.250s
Fibonacci 61.8% 196.052
Fibonacci 50% 192.663
Fibonacci 38.2% 189.273
52-Week Low 178.300

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