April Live Cattle worked its way higher today; trading up to 127.75 which is just above the Monday high (127.725). It settled just below at 127.625. Resistance remains at 128.10 and the Thursday high at 129.475. A failure from settlement could see support revisited at 126.625. Support then comes in at 125.80. Cutouts declined to show choice down 0.63 to 217.02 and select down 0.31 to 213.10 on light to moderate demand and offerings. The choice/ select spread dipped to 3.92. March Feeder Cattle consolidated within Monday’s trading range. It settled at 143.825 which is just above the 143.50 support level. Resistance is at the declining 50 DMA at 145.022. A rally above the 50 DMA could see price test resistance at 146.20. Resistance then comes in at 147.30. Trading below 143.50 could see price make its way to support at 142.40. April Lean Hogs consolidated within Monday’s range and settled at 61.60 which is below the 61.80 support level. Continued weakness could lead to a test of the Monday low at 59.65. A recovery above settlement could see the 200 DMA (63.275) and the 50 DMA (63.558) revisited.
A hedge idea for cattle producers – buy the April 124 put and sell the 131 call at even money plus commission and fees.
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Walsh Trading, Inc.
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