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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 closed with 5 to 40 cent gains in most contracts on Friday, as the nearby contracts were 17.5 to 40 cents lower. Feeder cattle futures were also mixed, with only April lower and most other contracts steady to $1.50 higher. The CME feeder cattle index was up $1.90 on March 20 at $140.02. Wholesale boxed beef prices were mixed on Friday afternoon. Choice boxes were down 22 cents at $229.09, as Select was 27 cents higher @ $218.64. USDA estimated this week’s FI cattle slaughter at 631,000 head through Saturday. The Cattle on Feed report showed February placements at 1.857 million head, up 2.2% yr/yr, with marketing 0.48% higher at 1.683 million head. March 1 on feed was at 11.796 million head, a jump of 0.69% from the same month last year. The Cold Storage report also released this afternoon indicated 479.28 million pounds of beef as of Feb 28, up 4.34 % from a year ago but down 6.06% from last month. Cash trade this week was around $128 in the south, with sales of $129 and up to $129.50 reported in the North. Specs in live cattle futures and options were reported at a near record CFTC net long position for cattle on Tuesday at 145,159 contracts.Apr 19 Cattle closed at $129.725, down $0.175,Jun 19 Cattle closed at $123.500, down $0.400,Aug 19 Cattle closed at $120.025, up $0.050,Mar 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $143.000, up $0.225Apr 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $148.800, down $0.125May 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $154.050, up $0.050 --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)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Mar 19, 2019

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Commercials - Long / Short
14,874 (-764)
11,642 (+635)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
19,277 (+589)
14,943 (-2,327)
Producers - Long / Short
5,434 (-1,241)
9,005 (-225)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
8,369 (+328)
1,566 (+711)
Managed Money - Long / Short
13,068 (+1,085)
11,190 (-2,290)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
6,209 (-496)
3,753 (-37)
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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 24% Sell with a Weakening short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

Longer term, the trend strength is Minimum.

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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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