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Feeder Cattle Aug '18 (GFQ18)

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cmdty Insider - Feeder Cattle Market Commentary

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Live cattle futures ended Wednesday trade with most contracts steady to 20 cents lower. Feeder cattle futures were mixed on the day, with front months 10 to 42.5 cents lower and deferred contracts higher. The CME feeder cattle index on September 18 was down 54 cents at $153.08. Wholesale boxed beef values were lower on Wednesday afternoon. Choice boxes were down $1.04 to $205.25, while Select boxes were $1.23 lower at $194.18. USDA estimated FI cattle slaughter at 353,000 head through Wednesday. That is down 4,000 from last week but 7,000 head above the same week in 2017. The weekly FCE auction saw no sales on the 528 head offered, with asks around $111-111.50. Analysts are expecting (Reuters survey) that the USDA will show August placements of 2.013 million head on Friday up 4.4% from last year, with marketings during that month up 0.4% at 1.987 million head.

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
08/29/18
Expiration Date
08/30/18 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

Daily price change for Feeder Cattle Aug '18
Average price change for the 5 prior Aug contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Sep 11, 2018

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Commercials - Long / Short
17,118 (-687)
11,327 (-587)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
15,886 (+1,109)
15,716 (+291)
Producers - Long / Short
4,820 (+192)
9,376 (+54)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
10,347 (-238)
0 (unch)
Managed Money - Long / Short
11,048 (+1,083)
10,993 (+87)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
4,838 (+26)
4,723 (+204)
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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
52-Week
135.000 +11.10%
on 04/04/18
159.200 -5.79%
on 11/06/17
+9.980 (+7.13%)
since 08/31/17

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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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