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Live Cattle Jun '18 (LEM18)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Market News and Commentary

Live cattle futures settled with 32.5 cent to $1.15 gains on Thursday. Feeder cattle futures were up 52.5 cents to $1.475. The CME feeder cattle index was up $1.71 on March 20 at $139.12. Wholesale boxed beef prices were mixed in the Thursday afternoon report, with the Choice/Sel spread at $10.94/cwt. Choice boxes were up 64 cents at $229.31, as Select was 26 cents lower @ $218.37. USDA estimated this week’s FI cattle slaughter at 476,000 head through Thursday. That was up 29,000 head from the previous week and even with this time last year. Beef export sales in the week of March 14 were at 18,625 MT, as Hong Kong was the top buyer of 6,300 MT. Analysts expect March 1 cattle on feed to be reported at 11.663 million head on Friday afternoon, down just 0.4% from last year. Placements during Feb are seen down 3.8%, with Marketings up 1.5%. Cash bids have been light so far this week, with a few $126 in TX and $204 dressed in NE.Apr 19 Cattle closed at $129.900, up $0.325,Jun 19 Cattle closed at $123.900, up $0.525,Aug 19 Cattle closed at $119.975, up $0.650,Mar 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $142.775, up $0.525Apr 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $148.925, up $0.600May 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $154.000, up $1.875 --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. (Settles 1:00p.m.) CST
Exchange
CME
Point Value
$400
Margin/Maintenance
$1,650/1,500
First Notice Date
06/04/18
Expiration Date
06/29/18 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Mar 12, 2019

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Commercials - Long / Short
130,653 (+50)
234,506 (-1,841)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
182,501 (+1,598)
46,321 (+1,414)
Producers - Long / Short
26,020 (-1,897)
227,822 (-1,829)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
104,445 (+2,142)
6,496 (+183)
Managed Money - Long / Short
148,059 (+898)
19,086 (+1,088)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
34,442 (+700)
27,235 (+326)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
102.850 +4.04%
on 05/30/18
110.675 -3.32%
on 06/11/18
+3.875 (+3.76%)
since 05/29/18
3-Month
97.075 +10.22%
on 04/04/18
110.675 -3.32%
on 06/11/18
+4.425 (+4.31%)
since 03/29/18
52-Week
97.075 +10.22%
on 04/04/18
121.525 -11.95%
on 11/07/17
-0.400 (-0.37%)
since 06/29/17

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Barchart Technical Opinion

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 8% Buy 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 110.867
1st Resistance Point 108.933
Last Price 107.000s
1st Support Level 106.033
2nd Support Level 105.067

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52-Week High 121.525
Fibonacci 61.8% 112.185
Fibonacci 50% 109.300
Last Price 107.000s
Fibonacci 38.2% 106.415
52-Week Low 97.075

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