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Live Cattle Pit Apr '22 (LCJ22)

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Live Cattle (Pit) Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Bounce on Monday

The nearby summer cattle contracts were up triple digits as the back months gained 47 to 95 cents. The Board has sold off in the two weeks ahead of the Cattle on Feed report, and “bought the fact” once the bearish numbers were out.  USDA confirmed very limited $138 cash trade on Monday for KS heifers. Most of last week’s trade was $138 to $14-0. Feeder cattle futures closed with $1.17 to $1.70 gains. The 5/19 CME Feeder Cattle Index was $153.05 after sliding 41 cents. 

USDA reported 531.728m lbs of beef were in cold storage stocks as of April. That was down about 4m lbs month to month, but was 18.5% more than April 2021 and a new record for the month. 

Wholesale Boxed Beef prices continued higher in USDA’s PM report, with a $2.11 boost to Choice and a $1.21 increase in the Select boxes. USDA estimated Monday’s FI cattle slaughter at 125k head. That is up by 1,000 from last week and compares to 117k head on the same Monday last year. 

Jun 22 Cattle  closed at $132.7... Read more

Contract Specifications

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Contract
Live Cattle [Pit]
Contract Size
40,000 pounds
Tick Size
0.00025 per pound ($10.00 per contract)
Trading Hours
8:30a.m. - 1:02p.m. CST
Exchange
CME
Point Value
$400
Expiration Date
04/29/22 (expired)

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Live Cattle Pit Apr '22
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Pit Contracts
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
136.800 +3.73%
on 04/05/22
144.100 -1.53%
on 04/21/22
+1.000 (+0.71%)
since 03/29/22
3-Month
135.775 +4.51%
on 03/04/22
147.825 -4.01%
on 02/09/22
-1.200 (-0.84%)
since 01/28/22
52-Week
130.950 +8.36%
on 05/04/21
147.825 -4.01%
on 02/09/22
+11.650 (+8.94%)
since 04/29/21

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Cattle Bounce on Monday

The nearby summer cattle contracts were up triple digits as the back months gained 47 to 95 cents. The Board has sold off in the two weeks ahead of the Cattle on Feed report, and “bought the fact”...

LEM22 : 132.775s (+0.91%)
LEQ22 : 132.975s (+1.08%)
LEV22 : 138.375s (+0.69%)
GFK22 : 153.450s (+0.03%)
GFQ22 : 165.625s (+1.04%)
Triple Digit Strength for hog Market

Lean hog futures ended the day $1.15 to $2.05 in the black. Monday morning’s National Average Base Hog price for Monday afternoon was $106.25 after a $6.72 drop. CME’s Lean Hog Index for 5/19 is up...

HEM22 : 110.375s (+1.38%)
HEQ22 : 110.225s (+1.90%)
KMM22 : 115.900s (+1.36%)
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Cold Storage

Cold Storage - 2022-05-23

FCQ22 : 165.625s (+1.04%)
GFQ22 : 165.625s (+1.04%)
LCQ22 : 132.975s (+1.08%)
LEQ22 : 132.975s (+1.08%)
LHN22 : 110.850s (+1.70%)
HEN22 : 110.850s (+1.70%)
YKU22 : 19,155s (+0.60%)
BDN22 : 283.225s (+0.43%)
OJN22 : 176.60s (+2.41%)
Cattle Gaining at Midday

Monday’s cattle market shows a 75 cent gain for June at midday, fading to a 12 cent gain by Oct. the deferred Dec contract is UNCH for midday, but still an $11 premium to the front month June. Traders...

LEM22 : 132.775s (+0.91%)
LEQ22 : 132.975s (+1.08%)
LEV22 : 138.375s (+0.69%)
GFK22 : 153.450s (+0.03%)
GFQ22 : 165.625s (+1.04%)
Hogs Continue Triple Digits Higher

So far for the Monday trade, lean hog futures are continuing their recovery with another triple digit bounce. Prices are up $0.37 to $1.40 with the nearbys leading the way. Monday morning’s National...

HEM22 : 110.375s (+1.38%)
HEQ22 : 110.225s (+1.90%)
KMM22 : 115.900s (+1.36%)
Top Farmer Midday Update 05-23-2022

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Strong Cash Basis Maintained Last Week

Fat cattle prices ended the day with a 7 cent gain in June to 42 to 57 cent losses in the other nearbys. The spot futures price to Feb ’23 stayed near a $19 deferred premium at the close. Feeder cattle...

LEM22 : 132.775s (+0.91%)
LEQ22 : 132.975s (+1.08%)
LEV22 : 138.375s (+0.69%)
GFK22 : 153.450s (+0.03%)
GFQ22 : 165.625s (+1.04%)
New Week for Hog Market

Following the mid/late April to mid May weakness, lean hogs have bounced back more than $10 with another $1.10 to $3.57 of that on Friday’s trade. The National Average Base Hog price for Friday was $110.15...

HEM22 : 110.375s (+1.38%)
HEQ22 : 110.225s (+1.90%)
KMM22 : 115.900s (+1.36%)
Morning Comments; Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Light Buying Surfaces

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 141.900
2nd Resistance Point 141.900
1st Resistance Point 141.900
Last Price 141.900s
1st Support Level 141.900
2nd Support Level 141.900
3rd Support Level 141.900

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52-Week High 147.825
Last Price 141.900s
Fibonacci 61.8% 141.379
Fibonacci 50% 139.387
Fibonacci 38.2% 137.396
52-Week Low 130.950

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