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Live Cattle

June Live cattle rallied from the38 % retracement level (111.76) and traded to a high of 113.65 on Monday, April 10, 2017. It couldnt quite make it to the March 23 high (114.20) as the 21 DMA (113.725) stopped the advance. Price failed from the high and Live Cattle traded down to the low of the day (112.10). It settled at 112.30 and ended the day at 112.15. The trading session formed a Shooting Star candle, which is a bearish formation. A breakdown from the low could see price test support at the 13 DMA (111.225) and then the200 DMA (110.80). The 8 DMA (110.65) is nearby and a failure from these levels could see price approach the 50% retracement level (108.775) of the rally from the October 13 low (96.10) to the January 19 high (121.45). A rally from the low could see price retest Mondays high and then the March 23 high.

Feeder Cattle

May Feeder Cattle also rallied to resistance on Monday, April 10, 2017. It traded to 136.80, just above the 61.8% retracement level (136.48) of the downmove from the August 9 high (149.975) to the October 13 low (114.65). It failed from the high and Feeder Cattle also formed a Shooting Star candle. A breakdown from the low (134.60) could see the May contract test support at the 50% retracement level at 132.30.There is strong moving average support near the 50% retracement level as the 8 DMA (132.25),13 DMA (132.625) and the 21 DMA (132.025) surround the support level. Price could reverse from this area. A rally from the low could see price revisit the Monday high and then the March 23 high at 137.425).

Lean Hogs

June Lean Hogs continued consolidating around the 72.875 price level on Monday. The trading session was quiet and it formed another
 inside candle within Fridays inside candle, setting up the high and low as our pivots. A breakout above the Monday high (73.425) 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 (72.35) could see price 
test support at 71.275 and then the 50 DMA at 70.55. 

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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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