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Live Cattle Apr '23 (LEJ23)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Rally On Tuesday

Live cattle continued the rally on Tuesday with contracts closing $1.20 to $1.90 higher at the close. Still no deliveries have been scheduled against April futures as of Tuesday. Cash action has been quiet this week, with last week reported @ $182 in the South and Northern action at $293-295 in the beef and $184-185 live. Feeder cattle pushed higher on Tuesday, with gains of 80 cents in April and $2.37 to $2.97 among the rest of the board. The CME Feeder Cattle index was back up 29 cents on April 15 to $241.36. 

USDA’s Wholesale Boxed Beef prices were mixed in the Tuesday afternoon report. Choice was back down $2.86 to $298.02, with Select up $1.30 to $292.64. That narrowed the Chc/Sel spread back down to $5.38. Tuesday’s USDA estimated cattle slaughter was pegged at 124,000, taking the week to date total to 245,000 head. That is down 1,000 head from the previous week and down 5,806 head from the same week last year.

Apr 24 Live Cattle  closed at $181.500, up $1.200,

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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
$2,695/2,450
First Notice Date
04/10/23
Expiration Date
04/28/23 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Apr 9, 2024

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Commercials - Long / Short
103,152 (-929)
145,631 (-11,660)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
100,435 (-15,003)
51,464 (-3,918)
Producers - Long / Short
45,106 (-2,982)
140,137 (-10,151)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
54,739 (+1,758)
2,187 (-1,804)
Managed Money - Long / Short
66,119 (-14,136)
23,983 (+4,352)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
34,316 (-867)
27,481 (-8,270)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
164.925 +6.21%
on 03/29/23
177.700 -1.42%
on 04/13/23
+10.225 (+6.20%)
since 03/28/23
3-Month
160.625 +9.06%
on 03/22/23
177.700 -1.42%
on 04/13/23
+14.350 (+8.92%)
since 01/27/23
52-Week
150.875 +16.11%
on 05/31/22
177.700 -1.42%
on 04/13/23
+19.425 (+12.47%)
since 04/28/22

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Cattle Rally On Tuesday

Live cattle continued the rally on Tuesday with contracts closing $1.20 to $1.90 higher at the close. Still no deliveries have been scheduled against April futures as of Tuesday. Cash action has been quiet...

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LEM24 : 175.725s (+1.09%)
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GFQ24 : 252.350s (+1.03%)
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LEJ24 : 181.500s (+0.67%)
LEM24 : 175.725s (+1.09%)
LEQ24 : 172.925s (+1.05%)
GFJ24 : 240.350s (+0.33%)
GFK24 : 240.975s (+1.25%)
GFQ24 : 252.350s (+1.03%)
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Hogs Switch Focus to Tuesday with Stronger Monday Cutout

Lean hogs posted mixed trade on Monday, with the front months 37 to 45 cents higher and other contracts down 10 to 67 cents. USDA’s National Average Base Hog negotiated price was down 89 cents in the...

HEK24 : 94.725s (+0.42%)
HEN24 : 104.025s (+0.27%)
KMK24 : 101.400s (unch)
Cattle Look to Tuesday After Monday Rally

Live cattle slipped off the midday highs into the close, but were still $1.40 to $2.37 higher on Monday. There have yet to be any delivery notices for April futures through Monday. Cash action was quiet...

LEJ24 : 181.500s (+0.67%)
LEM24 : 175.725s (+1.09%)
LEQ24 : 172.925s (+1.05%)
GFJ24 : 240.350s (+0.33%)
GFK24 : 240.975s (+1.25%)
GFQ24 : 252.350s (+1.03%)
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HEK24 : 94.725s (+0.42%)
HEN24 : 104.025s (+0.27%)
KMK24 : 101.400s (unch)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 179.283
2nd Resistance Point 178.192
1st Resistance Point 176.683
Last Price 175.175s
1st Support Level 174.083
2nd Support Level 172.992
3rd Support Level 171.483

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52-Week High 177.700
Last Price 175.175s
Fibonacci 61.8% 167.453
Fibonacci 50% 164.288
Fibonacci 38.2% 161.122
52-Week Low 150.875

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