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Feeder Cattle May '23 (GFK23)

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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Closes Mixed, CoF Data Seen as Bull Friendly

Live cattle closed the Friday session with most contracts steady 30 cents higher ahead of the Cattle on Feed report. A few 2025 contracts were down a nickel.  Cash action picked up in Friday, with some $183 live and $292 dressed action reported in the North, down $1 from last week. Southern trade was steady, at $182. Feeders were weaker heading into the weekend, with contracts down 27 to 87 cents. The CME Feeder Cattle index was down 62 cents on April 18 to $241.73. 

USDA’s Cattle on Feed report showed 1.746 million head placed during March, down 12.35% from a year ago, and below the average trade guess of down 7%. March marketings were down 13.71% at 1.706 million head, vs. trade estimates to be 11.9% lower.  April 1 on feed inventory was up 1.49% at 11.821 million head, below the trade’s expected 2.1% incline from last year. 

Specs in live cattle futures and options trimmed another 4,675 contracts from their net long as of April 16 to 32,301 contracts. In feeders, they... 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
05/25/23
Expiration Date
05/26/23 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Apr 16, 2024

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Commercials - Long / Short
15,614 (+328)
9,828 (-573)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
13,756 (+106)
15,176 (+1,297)
Producers - Long / Short
11,361 (+264)
8,093 (-462)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
2,891 (+134)
373 (-41)
Managed Money - Long / Short
10,468 (-661)
6,287 (+1,177)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
3,288 (+767)
8,889 (+120)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
202.000 +3.89%
on 05/08/23
212.200 -1.10%
on 04/28/23
-0.415 (-0.20%)
since 04/26/23
3-Month
196.650 +6.72%
on 03/24/23
212.775 -1.37%
on 04/21/23
+11.810 (+5.96%)
since 02/24/23
52-Week
178.300 +17.70%
on 06/01/22
212.775 -1.37%
on 04/21/23
+29.485 (+16.35%)
since 05/26/22

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Cattle Closes Mixed, CoF Data Seen as Bull Friendly

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LEM24 : 175.675s (+0.17%)
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GFK24 : 242.000s (-0.23%)
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Cattle on Feed

Cattle on Feed - 2024-04-19

FCK24 : 252.625s (-0.45%)
GFQ24 : 253.500s (-0.31%)
LCM24 : 181.600s (-0.71%)
LEM24 : 175.675s (+0.17%)
Hogs Rallying on Friday

Lean hogs are posting a midday rally, with contracts up $1.30 to $2.02. USDA’s National Average Base Hog negotiated price was down $1.80 in the Friday morning report at $88.69. The CME Lean Hog Index...

HEK24 : 96.225s (+1.58%)
HEM24 : 104.825s (+2.07%)
HEN24 : 106.475s (+2.04%)
Cattle Squaring Up Ahead of CoF Data

Live cattle traders are squaring their positions ahead of this afternoons Cattle on Feed report with contracts anywhere form 25 cents higher to 55 cents lower. Cash action has been quiet so far this week,...

LEJ24 : 181.475s (+0.17%)
LEM24 : 175.675s (+0.17%)
LEQ24 : 173.550s (+0.01%)
GFJ24 : 241.325s (-0.11%)
GFK24 : 242.000s (-0.23%)
GFQ24 : 253.500s (-0.31%)
Hogs Ready to Round Out the Week

Lean hogs posted mostly weaker action on Thursday, as contracts were down anywhere from a tick to 42 cents with the exception to July, up a nickel. USDA’s National Average Base Hog negotiated price was...

HEK24 : 96.225s (+1.58%)
HEM24 : 104.825s (+2.07%)
HEN24 : 106.475s (+2.04%)
Cattle Traders Getting Prepped for CoF Data

Live cattle posted some strength on Thursday, with contracts up anywhere from a nickel to $1.05. Cash action has been quiet so far this week. There have still been no deliveries against April futures....

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 209.860
2nd Resistance Point 209.860
1st Resistance Point 209.860
Last Price 209.860s
1st Support Level 209.860
2nd Support Level 209.860
3rd Support Level 209.860

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52-Week High 212.775
Last Price 209.860s
Fibonacci 61.8% 199.606
Fibonacci 50% 195.538
Fibonacci 38.2% 191.469
52-Week Low 178.300

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