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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 steady to $1.05 higher on Friday. Feeder cattle futures were mixed with front months down 2.5 to 32.5 cents. The CME feeder cattle index was up 20 cents on February 21 at $141.31. Wholesale boxed beef prices were higher on Friday afternoon, widening the Ch/Select spread to $7.04. Choice boxes were up $1.32 at $219.39 with Select 94 cents higher at $212.35. USDA estimated the weekly FI cattle slaughter at 577,000 head through Saturday. That was down 19,000 head from last week but 2,000 above than the same week last year. The delayed January Cattle on Feed report showed Jan 1 on feed at 11.69 million head, up 1.75% from last year. December placements were down 1.78% at 1.767 million head, with marketings 0.63% lower than last year at 1.741 million head. Frozen stocks of beef were down 3.71% from November at 495.624 million head, which was 1.55% larger than the previous year. Cash cattle bids were shown at $126 late on Friday afternoon.Feb 19 Cattle closed at $128.675, up $1.050,Apr 19 Cattle closed at $128.875, up $0.275,Jun 19 Cattle closed at $119.475, up $0.225,Mar 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $142.900, down $0.325Apr 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $145.300, down $0.225May 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $146.850, down $0.025--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 Feb 5, 2019

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Commercials - Long / Short
128,747 (-5,117)
222,657 (+1,739)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
155,658 (+3,569)
38,614 (-4,865)
Producers - Long / Short
35,544 (-5,132)
217,067 (+3,351)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
92,628 (+710)
5,015 (-917)
Managed Money - Long / Short
122,992 (+3,232)
16,043 (-1,385)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
32,666 (+337)
22,571 (-3,480)
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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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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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