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Feeder Cattle Aug '18 (GFQ18)

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Feeder Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Market News and Commentary

Live cattle futures settled with 32.5 cent to $1.15 gains on Thursday. Feeder cattle futures were up 52.5 cents to $1.475. The CME feeder cattle index was up $1.71 on March 20 at $139.12. Wholesale boxed beef prices were mixed in the Thursday afternoon report, with the Choice/Sel spread at $10.94/cwt. Choice boxes were up 64 cents at $229.31, as Select was 26 cents lower @ $218.37. USDA estimated this week’s FI cattle slaughter at 476,000 head through Thursday. That was up 29,000 head from the previous week and even with this time last year. Beef export sales in the week of March 14 were at 18,625 MT, as Hong Kong was the top buyer of 6,300 MT. Analysts expect March 1 cattle on feed to be reported at 11.663 million head on Friday afternoon, down just 0.4% from last year. Placements during Feb are seen down 3.8%, with Marketings up 1.5%. Cash bids have been light so far this week, with a few $126 in TX and $204 dressed in NE.Apr 19 Cattle closed at $129.900, up $0.325,Jun 19 Cattle closed at $123.900, up $0.525,Aug 19 Cattle closed at $119.975, up $0.650,Mar 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $142.775, up $0.525Apr 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $148.925, up $0.600May 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $154.000, up $1.875 --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. (Settles 1:00p.m.) CST
Exchange
CME
Point Value
$500
Margin/Maintenance
$3,080/2,800
First Notice Date
08/30/18
Expiration Date
08/30/18 (expired)

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Mar 12, 2019

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Commercials - Long / Short
15,638 (-457)
11,007 (+37)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
18,688 (+452)
17,270 (-96)
Producers - Long / Short
6,675 (-1,084)
9,230 (+227)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
8,041 (+583)
855 (-234)
Managed Money - Long / Short
11,983 (+904)
13,480 (-91)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
6,705 (-452)
3,790 (-5)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
148.250 +1.17%
on 08/14/18
153.000 -1.97%
on 08/06/18
+0.655 (+0.44%)
since 07/31/18
3-Month
142.175 +5.49%
on 06/15/18
154.925 -3.19%
on 07/19/18
+2.580 (+1.75%)
since 05/31/18

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Barchart Technical Opinion

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 32% Buy with a Strengthening short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

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

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 149.980
1st Resistance Point 149.980
Last Price 149.980s
1st Support Level 149.980
2nd Support Level 149.980

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52-Week High 159.200
Last Price 149.980s
Fibonacci 61.8% 149.956
Fibonacci 50% 147.100
Fibonacci 38.2% 144.244
52-Week Low 135.000

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