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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 closed with 5 to 40 cent gains in most contracts on Friday, as the nearby contracts were 17.5 to 40 cents lower. Feeder cattle futures were also mixed, with only April lower and most other contracts steady to $1.50 higher. The CME feeder cattle index was up $1.90 on March 20 at $140.02. Wholesale boxed beef prices were mixed on Friday afternoon. Choice boxes were down 22 cents at $229.09, as Select was 27 cents higher @ $218.64. USDA estimated this week’s FI cattle slaughter at 631,000 head through Saturday. The Cattle on Feed report showed February placements at 1.857 million head, up 2.2% yr/yr, with marketing 0.48% higher at 1.683 million head. March 1 on feed was at 11.796 million head, a jump of 0.69% from the same month last year. The Cold Storage report also released this afternoon indicated 479.28 million pounds of beef as of Feb 28, up 4.34 % from a year ago but down 6.06% from last month. Cash trade this week was around $128 in the south, with sales of $129 and up to $129.50 reported in the North. Specs in live cattle futures and options were reported at a near record CFTC net long position for cattle on Tuesday at 145,159 contracts.Apr 19 Cattle closed at $129.725, down $0.175,Jun 19 Cattle closed at $123.500, down $0.400,Aug 19 Cattle closed at $120.025, up $0.050,Mar 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $143.000, up $0.225Apr 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $148.800, down $0.125May 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $154.050, up $0.050 --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 19, 2019

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Commercials - Long / Short
136,083 (+5,430)
250,863 (+16,357)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
194,634 (+12,133)
44,344 (-1,977)
Producers - Long / Short
33,320 (+7,300)
243,527 (+15,705)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
102,632 (-1,813)
7,205 (+709)
Managed Money - Long / Short
160,301 (+12,242)
15,849 (-3,237)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
34,333 (-109)
28,495 (+1,260)
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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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