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Live Cattle

The October Live Cattle contract rallied from the open (113.375), approaching the 200 DMA (114.70) on Wednesday July 26, 2017, making the high of the day at 114.225 in front of the fedcattleexchange auction. The auction had 2,119 head for sale, with 772 sold. Prices ranged from 117.50 to 118.25. After the auction, futures turned lower as cash trading after the auction was reported at 117.00 to 117.75, disappointing traders hoping for higher cash prices. Live Cattle traded down to its session low (112.175) before finding support and consolidating around the low. A late day rally took price higher, and the October contract settled at 113.375. Wednesdays session took out the July 6th low (112.425) but not by much. It formed a Doji candle, indicating indecision at the new low. Resistance is at the 200 DMA and then the 21 DMA (115.825). Support is at 110.80. For Wednesday afternoon boxed beef cutout values were weak to lower on light to moderate demand and offerings. Choice was down 0.55 at 207.07 with Select down 1.06 to close at 197.87 on 144 loads. The hide and offal value from a typical slaughter steer for today was estimated at 11.66 per cwt live, up 0.03 when compared to Tuesday's value. Estimated cattle slaughter for today is 119,000, last week 117,000 and a year ago 112,000.

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Ben DiCostanzo

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Walsh Trading, Inc.

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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.



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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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