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Live Cattle Oct '23 (LEV23)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Settled Mixed Ahead of the USDA CoF Release

Live cattle futures were cautiously 12 cents lower to 17 cents higher at the Friday settlement, awaiting the USDA Cattle on Feed report after the close. Cash trade was the week saw action at $187 in the south, with trade in the north mainly at $192, with some coming in at $193.50. Feeder cattle were weaker, down $.67 to $1.22 and higher corn and lower LC were not a bullish combination for the walking inputs. The CME Feeder Cattle index was up another $1.33 on May 23 to $250.14. 

Cattle on Feed data from Friday showed April placements down 5.8% at 1.656 million head, as April Marketings were up 10.12% to 1.872 million head. That tool the May 1 on feed inventory to 11.554 million head, now down 0.86% from last year. Cold Storage data was also released showing 430.683 million lbs of beef in stocks at the end of April. That was a drop of 0.88% from the previous month and 4.73% below a year ago (vs. the 9.06% yr/yr drop in the month prior).

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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
10/09/23
Expiration Date
10/31/23 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of May 21, 2024

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Commercials - Long / Short
95,535 (+678)
137,296 (+4,697)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
107,677 (+7,675)
57,021 (+1,678)
Producers - Long / Short
39,420 (-1,407)
129,747 (+3,042)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
52,415 (-25)
3,849 (-455)
Managed Money - Long / Short
70,644 (+7,801)
21,081 (-42)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
37,033 (-126)
35,940 (+1,720)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
177.350 +3.61%
on 10/24/23
186.225 -1.33%
on 10/17/23
-0.450 (-0.24%)
since 09/29/23
3-Month
177.350 +3.61%
on 10/24/23
187.575 -2.04%
on 09/28/23
+4.150 (+2.31%)
since 07/28/23
52-Week
156.625 +17.32%
on 11/16/22
187.575 -2.04%
on 09/28/23
+26.500 (+16.85%)
since 10/28/22

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LEM24 : 183.700s (+0.10%)
LEQ24 : 181.125s (+0.03%)
LEV24 : 183.950s (-0.07%)
GFQ24 : 260.225s (-0.47%)
GFU24 : 261.750s (-0.37%)
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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 187.100
2nd Resistance Point 186.050
1st Resistance Point 184.900
Last Price 183.750s
1st Support Level 182.700
2nd Support Level 181.650
3rd Support Level 180.500

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52-Week High 187.575
Last Price 183.750s
Fibonacci 61.8% 175.752
Fibonacci 50% 172.100
Fibonacci 38.2% 168.448
52-Week Low 156.625

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