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Feeder Cattle Mar '18 (GFH18)

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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary


Live cattle settled with 65 to 95 cent gains on Tuesday. Feeder cattle futures were up $1.15 to $2.275 on the day. The CME feeder cattle index was up 96 cents on December 10 at $144.96. Wholesale beef prices were mixed on Tuesday afternoon, with the Ch/Select spread tightening to $13.07. Choice boxes were down 96 cents at $214.46, with the Select cutout value 45 cents higher at $201.39. USDA estimated week to date cattle slaughter at 241,00 head. That is 1,000 above last week and 7,000 head larger than the same week last year. A total of 156 head are listed for Wednesday’s FCE online auction, with both lots from KS. USDA’s quarterly meat production table showed beef production for 2018 up 25 million lbs from November to 26.939 billion, with 2019 production down the same amount to 27.785 billion lbs.--provided by Brugler Marketing & Management

Contract Specifications

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Contract
Feeder Cattle
Contract Size
50,000 pounds
Tick Size
0.025 cents per pound ($12.50 per contract)
Trading Hours
8:30a.m. - 1:05p.m. CST
Exchange
CME
Point Value
$500
Margin/Maintenance
$3,080/2,800
First Notice Date
03/29/18
Expiration Date
03/29/18 (expired)

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Feeder Cattle Mar '18
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Mar Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Dec 4, 2018

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Commercials - Long / Short
15,573 (+94)
9,063 (-171)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
16,575 (-1,376)
19,857 (-193)
Producers - Long / Short
5,393 (+512)
7,674 (+109)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
8,903 (-120)
112 (+18)
Managed Money - Long / Short
9,874 (-1,811)
15,805 (+733)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
6,701 (+435)
4,052 (-926)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
134.775 +0.70%
on 03/26/18
146.400 -7.30%
on 03/06/18
-7.955 (-5.54%)
since 03/02/18
3-Month
134.775 +0.70%
on 03/26/18
151.950 -10.68%
on 02/05/18
-11.155 (-7.59%)
since 01/02/18
52-Week
122.650 +10.66%
on 04/05/17
158.925 -14.60%
on 11/03/17
+14.945 (+12.37%)
since 03/31/17

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The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 88% Sell with a Average short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

Longer term, the trend strength is Maximum. Long term indicators fully support a continuation of the trend.

The market is in highly oversold territory. Beware of a trend reversal.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 135.720
1st Resistance Point 135.720
Last Price 135.720s
1st Support Level 135.720
2nd Support Level 135.720

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52-Week High 158.925
Fibonacci 61.8% 145.068
Fibonacci 50% 140.788
Fibonacci 38.2% 136.507
Last Price 135.720s
52-Week Low 122.650

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