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Feeder Cattle Aug '18 (GFQ18)

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Commodity Profile

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Contract
Feeder Cattle
Contract Size
50,000 pounds
Margin/Maintenance
$3,080/2,800
Tick Size
0.025 cents per pound ($12.50 per contract)
Exchange
CME
Point Value
$500
First Notice Date
08/30/18 (42 days)
Expiration Date
08/13/18 (25 days)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
144.900 +6.59%
on 06/27/18
154.925 -0.31%
on 07/19/18
+4.825 (+3.22%)
since 06/19/18
3-Month
136.250 +13.36%
on 05/17/18
154.925 -0.31%
on 07/19/18
+10.750 (+7.48%)
since 04/19/18
52-Week
135.000 +14.41%
on 04/04/18
159.200 -2.98%
on 11/06/17
+14.450 (+10.32%)
since 08/31/17

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Agricharts Market Commentary

Thu Jul 19, 5:08PM CDT
Live cattle futures ended the Thursday session mixed, with nearby Aug a nickel lower and back months higher. Feeder cattle futures were steady to 20 cents higher in the nearby contracts. The CME feeder cattle index was down 28 cents from the previous day at $148.31 on 7/18. Wholesale boxed beef values were lower on Thursday afternoon. Choice boxes were down 31 cents to $204.49, while Select boxes were 17 cents lower at $196.92. Estimated week to date FI cattle slaughter was 476,000 head through Thursday. That was up 11,000 from the same week last year but down 3,000 head vs. last week. Analysts are expecting to see a 1% increase from last year in all cattle and calves as of July 1. They also estimated that Friday’s Cattle inventory report will show beef cows up 0.9% from 2017’s mid-year report, with replacement heifers down 4.3%. Export sales of 13,518 MT of beef in the week of July 12 were shown by the USDA this morning. Weekly shipments were hit a marketing year high of 19,561 MT. Cash cattle bids were seen at $108 today, despite a couple small confirmed sales @ $112 on Wednesday’s FCE.Aug 18 Cattle closed at $108.900, down $0.050,Oct 18 Cattle closed at $110.650, unch,Dec 18 Cattle closed at $114.425, up $0.225,Aug 18 Feeder Cattle closed at $154.450, unch,Sep 18 Feeder Cattle closed at $154.775, up $0.125Oct 18 Feeder Cattle closed at $154.925, up $0.200

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 155.517
1st Resistance Point 154.983
Last Price 154.450s
1st Support Level 153.858
2nd Support Level 153.267

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52-Week High 159.200
Last Price 154.450s
Fibonacci 61.8% 149.956
Fibonacci 50% 147.100
Fibonacci 38.2% 144.244
52-Week Low 135.000

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