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Live Cattle Apr '23 (LEJ23)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Fade into Weekend

Feeder cattle closed off their lows, which had the front months down by triple digits, but still lower by 80 to 95 cents across the front months. Fat cattle were also red on Friday, but limited the pullback to 30 cents in the front months. For the week, Dec cattle were UNCH and Jan were 72 cents lower. Jan feeder cattle closed $2.47 below last Friday. USDA confirmed 55k head of cash cattle were sold in a push of business before the holiday. TX sales were $4-5 higher mostly near $154-155, KS was shown $3-5 higher from $154-155, NE sales were $156-158 and dressed sales were mostly near $245 on Wednesday. The 11/21 Feeder Cattle Index from CME was flat at $174.64. 

USDA’s weekly Export Sales report showed 12,886 MT of beef was sold during the week that ended 11/17. That was a 4% drop wk/wk and was 2/3 of the same week last year. Exports were 17.2k MT for the week, bringing the YTD total to 842,522 MT. That remains at a record pace and 2.2% ahead of last year's previous record.  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
04/10/23 (134 days)
Expiration Date
04/28/23 (152 days)

Seasonal Chart

Live Cattle Apr '23
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Apr Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Nov 15, 2022

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Commercials - Long / Short
98,081 (+7,188)
147,926 (-882)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
98,274 (-9,766)
50,358 (-253)
Producers - Long / Short
35,401 (+2,931)
137,024 (-5,097)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
54,239 (-182)
2,461 (-224)
Managed Money - Long / Short
77,407 (-9,505)
27,703 (+970)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
20,867 (-261)
22,655 (-1,223)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
156.225 +1.76%
on 11/14/22
160.300 -0.83%
on 11/23/22
-0.275 (-0.17%)
since 10/25/22
3-Month
153.425 +3.62%
on 09/29/22
160.300 -0.83%
on 11/23/22
+0.650 (+0.41%)
since 08/25/22
52-Week
144.000 +10.40%
on 12/20/21
160.300 -0.83%
on 11/23/22
+11.850 (+8.05%)
since 11/24/21

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Cattle Fade into Weekend

Feeder cattle closed off their lows, which had the front months down by triple digits, but still lower by 80 to 95 cents across the front months. Fat cattle were also red on Friday, but limited the pullback...

LEZ22 : 153.075s (-0.18%)
LEG23 : 155.125s (-0.19%)
LEJ23 : 158.975s (-0.09%)
GFF23 : 178.300s (-0.53%)
GFH23 : 181.550s (-0.44%)
Hog Futures Turn Red for Close

Front month lean hog futures gave back their initial gains on Friday and went into the weekend 17 to 45 cents in the red. For Feb, that ended the week as a net $1.05 drop. The USDA National Average Base...

HEZ22 : 83.775s (-0.21%)
HEJ23 : 94.025s (-0.61%)
KMZ22 : 92.200s (-1.07%)
Shootin' the Bull about slow trading

In my opinion, cattle feeders have been able to garner a higher price in the cash and futures market, with box prices believed having resumed a downward trend.  Futures traders continue to provide beneficial...

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Hogs Firm at Midday

So far for the shorter Friday session, the lean hog futures market is 27 to 45 cents higher. The USDA National Average Base Hog Price was down 84 cents to $86.61. The CME Lean Hog Index for 11/18 was $86.97,...

HEZ22 : 83.775s (-0.21%)
HEJ23 : 94.025s (-0.61%)
KMZ22 : 92.200s (-1.07%)
Red Midday in Cattle Market

So far for Friday the cattle futures market is down 10 to 35 cents, despite the strong cash market on Wednesday. USDA confirmed 55k head of cash cattle were sold in a push of business before the holiday....

LEZ22 : 153.075s (-0.18%)
LEG23 : 155.125s (-0.19%)
LEJ23 : 158.975s (-0.09%)
GFF23 : 178.300s (-0.53%)
GFH23 : 181.550s (-0.44%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 159.942
2nd Resistance Point 159.608
1st Resistance Point 159.292
Last Price 158.975s
1st Support Level 158.642
2nd Support Level 158.308
3rd Support Level 157.992

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52-Week High 160.300
Last Price 158.975s
Fibonacci 61.8% 154.073
Fibonacci 50% 152.150
Fibonacci 38.2% 150.227
52-Week Low 144.000

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