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Live Cattle Apr '22 (LEJ22)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Markets Close Red on Friday

Fat cattle futures ended the Friday session with 22 to 62 cent losses through August ’22. The December contract was 2 cents stronger on Friday as the outlier. Dec deliveries begin Monday with FND. USDA mentioned some light $140-$142 catch up trade on Friday, but cited Wednesday and Thursday as the last market. Cash sales in the South and CO were mostly $142, with $140 observed in NE and WCB. Feeder cattle were $1.07 to $1.65 weaker on Friday. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was26 cents lower on 12/1 at $161.34. 

The weekly Commitment of Traders data release showed cattle spec traders were 78,517 contracts net long as of 11/30. That was their most bullish net position as a group since the 8/31 data. Feeder cattle speculative traders had flipped to net long on short covering through the week that ended 11/30, and were 4,907 contracts net long at the close. 

Wholesale Boxed Beef prices were up on Friday afternoon, with a $15.72 spread. Choice boxes were up by $2.34 and Select w... Read more

Contract Specifications

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Contract
Live Cattle
Contract Size
40,000 pounds
Tick Size
0.00025 per pound ($10.00 per contract)
Trading Hours
8:30a.m. - 1:05p.m. (Settles 1:00p.m.) CST
Exchange
CME
Point Value
$400
Margin/Maintenance
$1,760/1,600
First Notice Date
04/04/22 (121 days)
Expiration Date
04/29/22 (146 days)

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Nov 30, 2021

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Commercials - Long / Short
117,809 (-1,599)
179,637 (+6,845)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
121,310 (+8,171)
46,656 (-1,022)
Producers - Long / Short
29,228 (+1,123)
172,770 (+6,962)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
83,844 (-2,403)
2,130 (+202)
Managed Money - Long / Short
93,337 (+6,374)
19,548 (-3,508)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
27,973 (+1,797)
27,108 (+2,486)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
138.675 +2.51%
on 11/04/21
144.600 -1.69%
on 11/29/21
+2.725 (+1.95%)
since 11/03/21
3-Month
132.975 +6.90%
on 09/13/21
144.600 -1.69%
on 11/29/21
+3.525 (+2.54%)
since 09/03/21
52-Week
118.075 +20.39%
on 12/08/20
144.600 -1.69%
on 11/29/21
+23.075 (+19.38%)
since 12/03/20

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Cattle Markets Close Red on Friday

Fat cattle futures ended the Friday session with 22 to 62 cent losses through August ’22. The December contract was 2 cents stronger on Friday as the outlier. Dec deliveries begin Monday with FND. USDA...

LEZ21 : 137.675s (+0.02%)
LEJ22 : 142.150s (-0.32%)
GFF22 : 164.125s (-1.00%)
GFH22 : 167.100s (-0.73%)
Lean Hog Futures Fall on Friday

Front month lean hog futures traded 40 to 75 cents weaker on the day. For the Feb contract, that resulted in a net 47 cent loss from Monday’s open. USDA’s National Average Base hog price was $3.93...

HEZ21 : 74.000s (-0.54%)
HEJ22 : 85.875s (-0.52%)
KMZ21 : 86.625s (-0.43%)
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My best take on the consumer at the moment is that they like complaining about inflation, but are still spending at elevated rates. 

Hog Market Weaker at Midday

Hog futures are trading 25 to 72 cents in the red so far, with the exception of a 30 cent gain in the December contract. OI data in Dec showed 22,061 contracts were active as of 12/2. USDA’s National...

HEZ21 : 74.000s (-0.54%)
HEJ22 : 85.875s (-0.52%)
KMZ21 : 86.625s (-0.43%)
Cattle Markets Pulling Back ahead of Weekend

Midday cattle futures are trading 27 to 62 cents lower so far. USDA mentioned most of the weeks cash activity was near $140, with a wider range from $138 to $140.50. Feeder cattle are also trading lower...

LEZ21 : 137.675s (+0.02%)
LEJ22 : 142.150s (-0.32%)
GFF22 : 164.125s (-1.00%)
GFH22 : 167.100s (-0.73%)
Cattle Rally Continues As Cash Trade Exceeds $140

Fat cattle futures extended their December bounce through the Thursday close. December contracts were the strongest mover in the front months, gaining $1.65, while the others were 52 to 97 cents higher....

LEZ21 : 137.675s (+0.02%)
LEJ22 : 142.150s (-0.32%)
GFF22 : 164.125s (-1.00%)
GFH22 : 167.100s (-0.73%)
Hogs Higher on Strong Exports

Lean hog futures added another triple digits to the bounce yesterday, closing as much as $1.87 higher in the front months on Thursday. USDA’s National Average Afternoon Base hog price for Thursday was...

HEZ21 : 74.000s (-0.54%)
HEJ22 : 85.875s (-0.52%)
KMZ21 : 86.625s (-0.43%)
Morning comments; Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Light Buying Continues

Cattle Extend Recovery through Thursday

Fat cattle futures extended their December bounce back through the Thursday close. December contracts were the strongest mover in the front months, gaining $1.65, while the others were 52 to 97 cents higher....

LEZ21 : 137.675s (+0.02%)
LEJ22 : 142.150s (-0.32%)
GFF22 : 164.125s (-1.00%)
GFH22 : 167.100s (-0.73%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 144.608
2nd Resistance Point 143.967
1st Resistance Point 143.058
Last Price 142.150s
1st Support Level 141.508
2nd Support Level 140.867
3rd Support Level 139.958

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52-Week High 144.600
Last Price 142.150s
Fibonacci 61.8% 134.467
Fibonacci 50% 131.337
Fibonacci 38.2% 128.208
52-Week Low 118.075

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