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Live Cattle Feb '18 (LEG18)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary


Live cattle were steady to 32.5 cents lower in the nearby contracts yesterday, with back months higher. Feeder cattle futures were up 45 to 90 cents in most contracts on Monday. The CME feeder cattle index was down $1.07 on December 7 at $144.00. Wholesale beef prices were higher on Monday afternoon. Choice boxes were up $1.13 at $215.42, with the Select cutout value 44 cents higher at $200.94. USDA estimated Monday’s FI cattle slaughter at 119,000 head, even with last week and 2,000 head larger than the same Monday last year. The Commitment of Traders report showed the managed money net long position in live cattle futures and options expanding by 7,055 contracts as of 12/4 to 72,263 contracts. In feeder cattle futures and options, they moved to a record reported net short position of -5,774 contracts on that date. --provided by Brugler Marketing & Management

Contract Specifications

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Contract
Live Cattle
Contract Size
40,000 pounds
Tick Size
0.025 cents per pound ($10.00 per contract)
Trading Hours
8:30a.m. - 1:05p.m. CST
Exchange
CME
Point Value
$400
Margin/Maintenance
$1,650/1,500
First Notice Date
02/05/18
Expiration Date
02/28/18 (expired)

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Live Cattle Feb '18
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Feb Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Nov 27, 2018

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Commercials - Long / Short
127,964 (+96)
193,057 (+5,403)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
119,419 (+6,063)
41,887 (-956)
Producers - Long / Short
37,403 (+269)
184,166 (+5,525)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
86,503 (-790)
4,833 (-739)
Managed Money - Long / Short
87,919 (+4,581)
25,915 (-3,088)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
31,500 (+1,482)
15,972 (+2,132)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
123.550 +3.20%
on 01/30/18
130.525 -2.32%
on 02/20/18
+2.900 (+2.33%)
since 01/26/18
3-Month
116.250 +9.68%
on 01/11/18
130.525 -2.32%
on 02/20/18
+1.825 (+1.45%)
since 11/28/17
52-Week
102.750 +24.09%
on 03/03/17
131.950 -3.37%
on 11/06/17
+23.725 (+22.86%)
since 02/28/17

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The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 40% Buy with a Weakening short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

Longer term, the trend strength is Weak. Long term indicators mostly agree with the trend.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 130.533
1st Resistance Point 129.017
Last Price 127.500s
1st Support Level 126.742
2nd Support Level 125.983

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52-Week High 131.950
Last Price 127.500s
Fibonacci 61.8% 120.796
Fibonacci 50% 117.350
Fibonacci 38.2% 113.904
52-Week Low 102.750

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