Livestock Report
Ben DiCostanzo of Walsh Trading, Inc. - InsideFutures.com - Mon Apr 16, 3:58PM CDT

Live Cattle

On Monday, April 16, 2018, the June Live Cattle contract opened strong as it gap opened higher and rallied to the session high at 105.95. It stopped just short of resistance at 106.025. It consolidated and then broke down hard, closing the gap (Friday high 104.375 Monday open 104.825), on its way to the low at 103.925. It settled nearby at 104.175. A break down below the low could see price test support at 103.00 and then 101.625. If price can rally above the Monday open, a retest of resistance is possible. On Monday negotiated cash trade was at a standstill in all major feeding regions. Monday afternoon beef cutout values were lower on Choice and steady on Select on light to moderate demand and moderate offerings. Choice was down 0.82 at 211.79 with Select up 0.07 to close at 199.98 on 116 loads. The choice/ select spread narrowed to 11.81. The hide and offal value from typical fed cattle for today was estimated at 9.73 per cwt live, unchanged from Friday's value. The estimated cattle slaughter for Monday was reported at 116,000.

Feeder Cattle

The May Feeder Cattle contract opened strong (141.40) and raced to resistance at 142.45, making the high just above it at 142.65. It also consolidated during the mid-day trade and then broke down during the last hour of trading. It traded past support at 140.775 on its way to the low at 140.075. It settled at 140.375. A break down below the Monday low could see price test support at 138.95. A recovery above 140.775 could see price revisit the Monday high.

Lean Hogs

The June Lean Hogs contract opened at 77.40 and broke down to the morning low at 76.475, before reversing and rallying to the session high at 78.075. It couldnt take out the Friday high at 78.10 and in an about face broke down and made a new low for the day at 76.40. It settled at 76.80. A break down below the low could see price test support at 75.625. A recovery from the low could see price consolidate within the Monday range.

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RISK DISCLOSURE: THERE IS A SUBSTANTIAL RISK OF LOSS IN FUTURES AND OPTIONS TRADING. THIS REPORT IS A SOLICITATION FOR ENTERING A DERIVATIVES TRANSACTION AND ALL TRANSACTIONS INCLUDE A SUBSTANTIAL RISK OF LOSS. THE USE OF A STOP-LOSS ORDER MAY NOT NECESSARILY LIMIT YOUR LOSS TO THE INTENDED AMOUNT. WHILE CURRENT EVENTS, MARKET ANNOUNCEMENTS AND SEASONAL FACTORS ARE TYPICALLY BUILT INTO FUTURES PRICES, A MOVEMENT IN THE CASH MARKET WOULD NOT NECESSARILY MOVE IN TANDEM WITH THE RELATED FUTURES AND OPTIONS CONTRACTS.