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Live Cattle Jun '22 (LEM22)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Market Pulled Back on Thursday

Thursday’s session ended with live cattle futures 7 to 27 cents weaker. The bonus FCE auction sold 681 of the 3,398 head listed for $137. The other pens went unsold on $137.50 to $138.50 asks. USDA maintains $137 for the bulk of cash sales this week. Some higher graded cattle went for $139, as the week’s full range has been $136 - $139. Feeder cattle ended the day 22 to 67 cents weaker. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was down another 4 cents on 1/19 to $161.20. 

Going into the monthly CoF report, analysts surveyed anticipate seeing 0.2% fewer cattle on feed as of Jan 1 than in 2021. That implies 11.943m head on average. December placements are expected to be between even with and 5% above Jan ’21, with 2.6% the average. The average estimate for December marketings is 0.8% higher yr/yr.  

Wholesale Boxed Beef prices for Thursday afternoon were $292.98 in Choice and $282.18 cwt. in Select. That was another $1.38 and $1.75 stronger for each respectively. USDA estimated FI catt... 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
$1,540/1,400
First Notice Date
06/06/22 (136 days)
Expiration Date
06/30/22 (160 days)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jan 11, 2022

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Commercials - Long / Short
121,792 (+5,749)
179,107 (+1,533)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
109,427 (-7,251)
47,607 (+2,808)
Producers - Long / Short
34,962 (+7,104)
172,975 (+3,030)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
82,522 (-162)
1,824 (-304)
Managed Money - Long / Short
83,478 (-7,312)
25,470 (+4,142)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
25,949 (+61)
22,137 (-1,334)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
135.425 +2.18%
on 12/21/21
139.750 -0.98%
on 12/29/21
+2.900 (+2.14%)
since 12/20/21
3-Month
131.500 +5.23%
on 10/22/21
139.750 -0.98%
on 12/29/21
+5.075 (+3.81%)
since 10/20/21
52-Week
119.850 +15.46%
on 02/10/21
139.750 -0.98%
on 12/29/21
+17.500 (+14.48%)
since 01/20/21

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Cattle Market Pulled Back on Thursday

Thursday’s session ended with live cattle futures 7 to 27 cents weaker. The bonus FCE auction sold 681 of the 3,398 head listed for $137. The other pens went unsold on $137.50 to $138.50 asks. USDA maintains...

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After fading Wednesday afternoon into the close, live cattle future prices are down 22 to 65 cents for Thursday’s midday. The bonus FCE auction sold 681 of the 3,398 head listed for $137. The other pens...

LEG22 : 138.325s (-0.16%)
LEM22 : 138.375s (-0.07%)
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GFH22 : 164.950s (-0.41%)
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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 139.508
2nd Resistance Point 139.092
1st Resistance Point 138.733
Last Price 138.375s
1st Support Level 137.958
2nd Support Level 137.542
3rd Support Level 137.183

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52-Week High 139.750
Last Price 138.375s
Fibonacci 61.8% 132.148
Fibonacci 50% 129.800
Fibonacci 38.2% 127.452
52-Week Low 119.850

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