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Live Cattle Dec '24 (LEZ24)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Posts Strength on Friday

Live cattle rounded out the Friday session with gains of 12 cents to $1.15. Cash cattle trade this week has centered around $188 in the South, with northern trade at $198, both in the steadier side compared to last week. Feeder cattle posted gains of 82 cents to $2.50 on Friday. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was back down 49 cents on July 11 at $261.04. 

Commitment of Traders data showed a 1,517 contract reduction to their net long as of last Tuesday to 61,426 contracts in live cattle futures and options. The managed money specs trimmed back their net long in feeders by 1,275 contracts to a net long of 2,656 contracts.

USDA wholesale Boxed Beef prices were mixed in the Friday PM report. Choice boxes were back up 41 cents to $322.06/cwt, with Select $1.07 lower at $302.31. USDA estimated this week’s FI slaughter at 601,000 head for the full week. That is well above last week’s holiday but down 32,391 head below the same week last year.

Aug 24 Live Cattle  closed at $1... 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
12/09/24 (149 days)
Expiration Date
12/31/24 (171 days)

Seasonal Chart

Live Cattle Dec '24
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Dec Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jul 9, 2024

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Commercials - Long / Short
101,255 (+3,451)
142,322 (+1,847)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
126,376 (-3,878)
75,099 (-4,543)
Producers - Long / Short
40,932 (+2,517)
135,533 (+2,765)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
57,247 (+2,501)
3,713 (+649)
Managed Money - Long / Short
88,575 (-1,134)
19,612 (-1,386)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
37,801 (-2,744)
55,487 (-3,157)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
183.475 +1.09%
on 06/13/24
190.075 -2.42%
on 07/05/24
+0.700 (+0.38%)
since 06/12/24
3-Month
176.850 +4.88%
on 04/15/24
190.075 -2.42%
on 07/05/24
+9.200 (+5.22%)
since 04/12/24
52-Week
172.250 +7.68%
on 12/07/23
197.475 -6.08%
on 09/15/23
+2.050 (+1.12%)
since 07/12/23

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Livestock Markets End Week on a Positive Note

Hogs continue higher, Feeders show strength while August cattle limps higher

Cattle Posts Strength on Friday

Live cattle rounded out the Friday session with gains of 12 cents to $1.15. Cash cattle trade this week has centered around $188 in the South, with northern trade at $198, both in the steadier side compared...

LEQ24 : 182.375s (+0.07%)
LEV24 : 184.075s (+0.31%)
LEZ24 : 185.475s (+0.23%)
GFQ24 : 258.650s (+0.98%)
GFU24 : 258.100s (+0.68%)
GFV24 : 257.550s (+0.57%)
Hogs Post Mixed Friday Action

Lean hogs were anywhere from 35 cents lower to $1.80 higher to close out Friday trade. The USDA National Base Hog price was reported at $83.04 on Friday afternoon, down $3.73 from the day prior. The CME...

HEN24 : 88.700s (+0.17%)
HEQ24 : 88.450s (+2.05%)
HEV24 : 70.150s (+1.08%)
Shootin' the bull about elasticity

In my opinion, I can see that a 1.6% decline in beef production year over year creates all time historical prices in both fats and feeders.  I can see that keeping an average of 11.5 million head on feed...

Cattle Pushing Higher at Midday

Live cattle are trading 30 to 70 cents higher through the midday session. Cash action has centered around $188 in the South so far this week, with northern trade at $198. Feeder cattle are posting $1.35...

LEQ24 : 182.375s (+0.07%)
LEV24 : 184.075s (+0.31%)
LEZ24 : 185.475s (+0.23%)
GFQ24 : 258.650s (+0.98%)
GFU24 : 258.100s (+0.68%)
GFV24 : 257.550s (+0.57%)
Hogs Bouncing on Friday, with Stronger Cutout

Lean hogs are posting $1 to $2.32 gains on Friday, with soon to expire July up 15 cents.. The USDA National Base Hog price was reported at $83.73 on Friday morning, down $3.72 from the day prior. The CME...

HEN24 : 88.700s (+0.17%)
HEQ24 : 88.450s (+2.05%)
HEV24 : 70.150s (+1.08%)
WASDE

WASDE - 2024-07-12

ZSX24 : 1065-2s (-0.23%)
ZSPAUS.CM : 10.7162 (-1.17%)
ZSBAUS.CM : -0.3338 (-2.08%)
ZSDAUS-BIW.CM : 4,506,573 (unch)
ZSYAUS-BIW.CM : 52.03 (unch)
XSU24 : 3,712s (-0.40%)
XTU24 : 4,620s (-0.04%)
ZCZ24 : 414-6s (+0.97%)
ZCPAUS.CM : 3.9312 (+0.56%)
ZCBAUS.CM : -0.0888 (+4.41%)
XVU24 : 2,415s (-0.12%)
XEU24 : 58.41s (+1.41%)
Livestock Futures Stabilize in Thursday’s Trade.

Cattle and hog futures were able to stabilize in Thursday’s trade, a sign that the recent weakness may be coming to an end?

Hogs Look to Friday, as Cutout Bounces on Thursday

Lean hogs saw a positive bounce on Thursday, as contracts saw gains anywhere from just a tick to $2. The USDA National Base Hog price was reported at $86.77 on Thursday afternoon, down $0.54 from the day...

HEN24 : 88.700s (+0.17%)
HEQ24 : 88.450s (+2.05%)
HEV24 : 70.150s (+1.08%)
Cattle Traders Look to Round Out the Week

Live cattle managed to close out the Thursday session with 12 to 47 cent gains. Cash action has centered around $188 in the South so far this week, with northern trade at $198. Thursday’s Central Stockyards...

LEQ24 : 182.375s (+0.07%)
LEV24 : 184.075s (+0.31%)
LEZ24 : 185.475s (+0.23%)
GFQ24 : 258.650s (+0.98%)
GFU24 : 258.100s (+0.68%)
GFV24 : 257.550s (+0.57%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 188.333
2nd Resistance Point 187.142
1st Resistance Point 186.308
Last Price 185.475s
1st Support Level 184.283
2nd Support Level 183.092
3rd Support Level 182.258

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52-Week High 197.475
Fibonacci 61.8% 187.839
Last Price 185.475s
Fibonacci 50% 184.863
Fibonacci 38.2% 181.886
52-Week Low 172.250

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