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Feeder Cattle May '24 (GFK24)

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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

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. The Central Stockyards Fed Cattle Exchange saw no sales on the 1,376 head listed this morning, with bids at $180-182 and asks still at $184. Feeders were the leaders with the weaker corn action, as contracts were up $1.17 to $2.27 on the day. The CME Feeder Cattle index was back down 28 cents on April 17 to $242.35. 

Export Sales data showed an improved 17,745 MT of beef export bookings for the week of 4/11. Shipments were at a MY high of 16,702 MT, with 4,700 MT to Japan and 4,600 MT to South Korea.

Cattle on Feed data will be released after the close this afternoon, with the trade expecting to see March placements down 7% from a year ago. Marketings during the month are projected to be 11.9% lower vs. March 2023. April 1 on feed inventory is seen up 2.1% from last year. <... 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
05/23/24 (34 days)
Expiration Date
05/23/24 (34 days)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Apr 9, 2024

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Commercials - Long / Short
15,286 (-734)
10,401 (-1,530)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
13,650 (-1,789)
13,879 (+945)
Producers - Long / Short
11,097 (-965)
8,555 (-1,668)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
2,757 (+27)
414 (-66)
Managed Money - Long / Short
11,129 (-1,547)
5,110 (+1,502)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
2,521 (-242)
8,769 (-557)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
232.625 +4.32%
on 04/12/24
260.600 -6.88%
on 03/21/24
-16.250 (-6.28%)
since 03/19/24
3-Month
232.625 +4.32%
on 04/12/24
263.125 -7.77%
on 02/27/24
+0.375 (+0.15%)
since 01/19/24

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Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 247.067
2nd Resistance Point 244.933
1st Resistance Point 243.742
Last Price 242.050
1st Support Level 240.417
2nd Support Level 238.283
3rd Support Level 237.092

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52-Week High 276.125
Fibonacci 61.8% 253.415
Fibonacci 50% 246.400
Last Price 242.050
Fibonacci 38.2% 239.385
52-Week Low 216.675

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