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Live Cattle Jun '22 (LEM22)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Close Lower on Wednesday

Live cattle were down $1.15 to $1.77 at the close on Wednesday. Cash trade has seen a little action at $138 in the south this week, with sales in the north at $140-142. Wednesday’s Fed Cattle Exchange online no sales, with most asks ranging from $137.50-142 and bids hitting $136. Feeders settled 12 cents to $1.35 lower, with weakness in corn helping to ease some losses. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was down 22 cents to $155.05 on 5/17.  

Surveys ahead of Friday’s USDA Cattle on Feed report expect placements during April to be down 4.6% vs. last year, with marketings down 2%. May on feed expectations are estimated to be up 1.3% by the trade.

Wholesale Boxed Beef prices were mixed on Wednesday afternoon, with Choice down a penny to $260.47 and Select $2.17 lower at $246.02. The Chc/Sel spread widening to $14.45. USDA estimated FI cattle slaughter at 374,000 head for the WTD through Wednesday. That is up 3,000 wk/wk and 20,000 head larger yr/yr.

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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
$1,540/1,400
First Notice Date
06/06/22 (19 days)
Expiration Date
06/30/22 (43 days)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of May 10, 2022

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Commercials - Long / Short
117,509 (-1,975)
153,292 (-7,574)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
111,188 (-3,025)
71,385 (+4,208)
Producers - Long / Short
44,417 (+3,043)
149,563 (-6,135)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
71,712 (-3,175)
2,349 (+404)
Managed Money - Long / Short
78,466 (-2,010)
50,693 (+6,030)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
32,722 (-1,015)
20,692 (-1,822)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
131.025 +0.36%
on 05/09/22
140.000 -6.07%
on 04/22/22
-4.300 (-3.17%)
since 04/18/22
3-Month
130.975 +0.40%
on 03/04/22
142.450 -7.69%
on 02/22/22
-10.000 (-7.07%)
since 02/18/22
52-Week
124.150 +5.92%
on 06/01/21
143.350 -8.27%
on 02/10/22
+4.650 (+3.67%)
since 05/18/21

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HEQ22 : 107.850s (+0.56%)
KMM22 : 112.350s (+1.15%)
Cattle Close Lower on Wednesday

Live cattle were down $1.15 to $1.77 at the close on Wednesday. Cash trade has seen a little action at $138 in the south this week, with sales in the north at $140-142. Wednesday’s Fed Cattle Exchange...

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LEQ22 : 131.700s (-1.33%)
LEV22 : 137.925s (-1.15%)
GFK22 : 155.850s (-0.84%)
GFQ22 : 165.800s (-0.58%)
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HEM22 : 106.100s (+0.90%)
HEQ22 : 107.850s (+0.56%)
KMM22 : 112.350s (+1.15%)
Cattle High Tailing It Lower at Midday

Live cattle are down $1.27 to $1.67 so far on Wednesday. Cash trade has seen a little action at $138 in the south this week, with dressed sales of $226-227 reported in the north and live sales at $142....

LEM22 : 131.500s (-1.13%)
LEQ22 : 131.700s (-1.33%)
LEV22 : 137.925s (-1.15%)
GFK22 : 155.850s (-0.84%)
GFQ22 : 165.800s (-0.58%)
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Cattle Looking for a Rebound on Wednesday

Live cattle futures posted their own Turnaround Tuesday, with losses of 17 to 65 cents in most contracts. Cash trade saw a little action at $138 in the south on Tuesday with dressed sales of $226-227 reported...

LEM22 : 131.500s (-1.13%)
LEQ22 : 131.700s (-1.33%)
LEV22 : 137.925s (-1.15%)
GFK22 : 155.850s (-0.84%)
GFQ22 : 165.800s (-0.58%)
Hogs Look to Wednesday Trade

Lean hog futures were mixed yesterday, with front months up 67 cents to $2.95 and deferred contracts down 32 cents to $1.17. The National Average Base Hog price for Tuesday morning was $111.38 up $9.74...

HEM22 : 106.100s (+0.90%)
HEQ22 : 107.850s (+0.56%)
KMM22 : 112.350s (+1.15%)
Morning Comments; Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

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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 134.267
2nd Resistance Point 133.633
1st Resistance Point 132.567
Last Price 131.500s
1st Support Level 130.867
2nd Support Level 130.233
3rd Support Level 129.167

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52-Week High 143.350
Fibonacci 61.8% 136.016
Fibonacci 50% 133.750
Last Price 131.500s
Fibonacci 38.2% 131.484
52-Week Low 124.150

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