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Live Cattle

June Live cattle made its low (108.67) for the down move on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 trading to the 50% retracement level (108.775) of the rally from the October 13 low (96.10) to the January 19 high (121.45). Thursday and Friday saw price recover from support as Live Cattle rallied past the 38% retracement level (111.76) to 112.70. Bulls couldnt hold this level as late Friday selling took price down to the 38% retracement level as it settled at 111.80. The 38% retracement level will be the pivot for Mondays trading session in my opinion. A rally above here could take price up to the Friday high and then the March 23 high at 114.20. If price fails from the 38% retracement level, price could test support at the 200 DMA (110.80) and the make its way back to test the 50% retracement level.

Feeder Cattle

May Feeder Cattle broke out above the March 20 high (133.975) on Friday, April 7, 2017. It traded to 134.525 before settling (133.875) below the March 20 high. The 133.975 will be the pivot for the May Feeder Cattle on Monday. A breakout above 133.975 could lead to attest of the gap from the 3/24 high (135.225) to the 3/23 low (135.275) on the switch from the April contract to the May contract (May volume higher). Then the 61.8% retracement level (136.48) of the downmove from the August 9 high (149.975) to the October 13 low (114.65) comes into play. A failure from 133.975 could see the May contract test support at the 13 DMA (132.725) then the 21 DMA (131.625).

Lean Hogs

June Lean Hogs has been consolidating around the 72.875 price level. Thursdays trade saw a bullish candle develop above the 
72.875 level but bulls couldnt take control on Friday. Price consolidated and formed an inside candle setting up the high and low 
as our pivots. A breakout above the Friday high (73.45) could lead to follow through to the upside with a test of resistance at 74.60 
and then 75.325. A breakdown form the low (72.325) could see price test support at 71.275 and then the 50 DMA at 70.475. 

For those interested I hold a weekly livestock webinar on Wednesday, April 12 at 3:00pm. It is free for anyone who wants to sign up and the link for sign up is below. If you cannot attend live a recording will be sent to your email upon completion of the webinar.

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Ben DiCostanzo
Senior Market Strategist
Walsh Trading

I began my career in the Securities industry working as a runner on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange while I attended Pace University. I then started working for Salomon Brothers in their Government Bond Trading arena. After graduating from Pace University with a degree in Accounting, I transferred to Chicago and became a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange utilizing my experience to execute trades and manage risk for institutional clients as a broker for Salomon Brothers on the trading floor. I then embarked to trade for my own account in the stock indices pits as a local before moving off the floor to aid and assist individual clients in their trading endeavors. I now work at Walsh Trading holding a series 3 broker’s license whose duties include being the firm’s Chief Market technician.

I understand that every client's needs are different, and I pride myself in tailoring my service to each client's unique circumstances and needs. Individual client experience, risk tolerance, and capital all play a role in how I approach the markets. I am involved in all markets using technical analysis to find opportunities. My approach is driven by the principles of capital preservation.

My trading philosophy is that if you can recognize and manage the risk, you have a better chance to be successful in trading. I advise clients to always use stops as money management in my opinion is the most important ingredient in trading commodities.

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