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Live Cattle Aug '24 (LEQ24)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Traders Getting Prepped for CoF Data

Live cattle posted some strength on Thursday, with contracts up anywhere from a nickel to $1.05. Cash action has been quiet so far this week. There have still been no deliveries against April futures. The Central Stockyards Fed Cattle Exchange saw no sales on the 1,376 head listed this morning, with bids at $180-182 and asks still at $184. Feeders were the leaders with the weaker corn action, as contracts were up $1.17 to $2.27 on the day. The CME Feeder Cattle index was back down 28 cents on April 17 to $242.35. 

Export Sales data showed an improved 17,745 MT of beef export bookings for the week of 4/11. Shipments were at a MY high of 16,702 MT, with 4,700 MT to Japan and 4,600 MT to South Korea.

Cattle on Feed data will be released after the close this afternoon, with the trade expecting to see March placements down 7% from a year ago. Marketings during the month are projected to be 11.9% lower vs. March 2023. April 1 on feed inventory is seen up 2.1% from last year. <... 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
$2,695/2,450
First Notice Date
08/05/24 (108 days)
Expiration Date
08/30/24 (133 days)

Seasonal Chart

Live Cattle Aug '24
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Aug 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
167.650 +3.39%
on 04/12/24
185.050 -6.34%
on 03/21/24
-10.700 (-5.81%)
since 03/19/24
3-Month
167.650 +3.39%
on 04/12/24
185.050 -6.34%
on 03/21/24
-1.450 (-0.83%)
since 01/19/24
52-Week
163.625 +5.93%
on 12/06/23
192.450 -9.94%
on 09/15/23
+1.175 (+0.68%)
since 04/19/23

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HEK24 : 95.900 (+1.24%)
HEM24 : 104.600 (+1.85%)
HEN24 : 106.175 (+1.75%)
Cattle Traders Getting Prepped for CoF Data

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ZSK24 : 1149-4 (+1.34%)
ZSN24 : 1164-4 (+1.35%)
ZCN24 : 442-6 (+1.49%)
ZCK24 : 433-4 (+1.58%)
ZWK24 : 546-6 (+1.86%)
ZWN24 : 563-2 (+1.85%)
Cattle Head Higher into the Close

Live cattle posted some strength on Thursday, with contracts up anywhere from a nickel to $1.05. Cash action has been quiet so far this week. There have still been no deliveries against April futures....

LEJ24 : 181.500 (+0.18%)
LEM24 : 175.125 (-0.14%)
LEQ24 : 172.925 (-0.35%)
GFJ24 : 241.650 (+0.02%)
GFK24 : 241.750 (-0.33%)
GFQ24 : 253.275 (-0.40%)
Hogs Leak Lower on Thursday

Lean hogs posted mostly weaker action on Thursday, as contracts were down anywhere from a tick to 42 cents with the exception to July, up a nickel. USDA’s National Average Base Hog negotiated price was...

HEK24 : 95.900 (+1.24%)
HEM24 : 104.600 (+1.85%)
HEN24 : 106.175 (+1.75%)
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Cattle Mixed but Mostly Higher on Thursday

Live cattle futures are mixed at midday, with the front months down 12 to 25 cents and other contracts 7 to 62 cents higher. Cash action has been quiet so far this week. The Central Stockyards Fed Cattle...

LEJ24 : 181.500 (+0.18%)
LEM24 : 175.125 (-0.14%)
LEQ24 : 172.925 (-0.35%)
GFJ24 : 241.650 (+0.02%)
GFK24 : 241.750 (-0.33%)
GFQ24 : 253.275 (-0.40%)
Hogs Feeling Heavy on Thursday

Hogs are trading 40 cents to $1 lower across most contracts on Thursday’s session. USDA’s National Average Base Hog negotiated price was $2.04 at $90.49 in the Thursday morning report. The CME Lean...

HEK24 : 95.900 (+1.24%)
HEM24 : 104.600 (+1.85%)
HEN24 : 106.175 (+1.75%)
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ZSK24 : 1149-4 (+1.34%)
ZCK24 : 433-4 (+1.58%)
ZWK24 : 546-6 (+1.86%)
CLK24 : 83.07 (+0.41%)
LEJ24 : 181.500 (+0.18%)
Cattle Traders Look to Square Up Ahead of Friday’s CoF Report

Live cattle futures were down a tick to as much as 60 cents in the 2024 contracts on Wednesday with the 2025 futures up 7 to 45 cents. Cash action has been quiet this week. The Central Stockyards Fed Cattle...

LEJ24 : 181.500 (+0.18%)
LEM24 : 175.125 (-0.14%)
LEQ24 : 172.925 (-0.35%)
GFJ24 : 241.650 (+0.02%)
GFK24 : 241.750 (-0.33%)
GFQ24 : 253.275 (-0.40%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 175.575
2nd Resistance Point 174.725
1st Resistance Point 174.125
Last Price 172.925
1st Support Level 172.675
2nd Support Level 171.825
3rd Support Level 171.225

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52-Week High 192.450
Fibonacci 61.8% 181.439
Fibonacci 50% 178.038
Fibonacci 38.2% 174.636
Last Price 172.925
52-Week Low 163.625

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