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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 steady to $1.05 higher on Friday. Feeder cattle futures were mixed with front months down 2.5 to 32.5 cents. The CME feeder cattle index was up 20 cents on February 21 at $141.31. Wholesale boxed beef prices were higher on Friday afternoon, widening the Ch/Select spread to $7.04. Choice boxes were up $1.32 at $219.39 with Select 94 cents higher at $212.35. USDA estimated the weekly FI cattle slaughter at 577,000 head through Saturday. That was down 19,000 head from last week but 2,000 above than the same week last year. The delayed January Cattle on Feed report showed Jan 1 on feed at 11.69 million head, up 1.75% from last year. December placements were down 1.78% at 1.767 million head, with marketings 0.63% lower than last year at 1.741 million head. Frozen stocks of beef were down 3.71% from November at 495.624 million head, which was 1.55% larger than the previous year. Cash cattle bids were shown at $126 late on Friday afternoon.Feb 19 Cattle closed at $128.675, up $1.050,Apr 19 Cattle closed at $128.875, up $0.275,Jun 19 Cattle closed at $119.475, up $0.225,Mar 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $142.900, down $0.325Apr 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $145.300, down $0.225May 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $146.850, down $0.025--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 Feb 5, 2019

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Commercials - Long / Short
17,887 (+738)
10,619 (-524)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
15,365 (-828)
16,360 (-128)
Producers - Long / Short
8,571 (+915)
8,285 (-375)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
7,838 (-4)
856 (+24)
Managed Money - Long / Short
9,227 (-256)
13,047 (-270)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
6,138 (-572)
3,313 (+142)
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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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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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