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Live Cattle

The October Live Cattle contract opened (114.95) strong and tested resistance at the 200 DMA (115.175) on Thursday August 3, 2017, trading up to the high (115.60) of the day early in the trading session. The rally couldnt be sustained and price grinded lower and made the low (114.425) of the day at mid-session. A resurgence in effort from bullish traders took price up to the 200 DMA reaching 115.15 before falling back at the end of the day to end the session at 114.65. The cash market started the week on a weak note, trading at 115.00 in Texas on Monday, with a small amount trading at 116.00 on Wednesday during the fedcattleexchange auction. After the auction, trading ramped up with trades at 117.00 and 118.00 (some in Iowa at 118.50). Today cash had bids of 118.00 for live cattle and 188.00 for dressed. There weren’t any takers as producers backed off to 120.00 and 190.00 respectively. It is interesting that futures broke down with no takers of packer bids. Whatever the case, the candle that formed is a potential negative candle for the futures market. A break down below the session low could see price revisit support at 113.70 and then 112.45. Resistance is at the 200 DMA and then 116.85(this would close the gap created from the cattle on feed report). Wednesday afternoon boxed beef cutout values were steady on Choice and higher on Select on moderate demand and light offerings. Choice was up .10 at 205.16 with Select up 0.36 to close at 197.78 on 103 loads. The choice/ select spread narrowed to 7.38. The estimated cattle slaughter for Thursday was reported at 118,000.

Feeder Cattle

The September Feeder Cattle contract rallied to a new high (151.725) for the up move, approaching resistance at the 152.30 level, before failing and trading to the low (150.05) of the day. The market made another attempt at resistance reaching 151.65, and then falling back and ending the session at 150.75. This is just above the 149.975 support level and could be the key pivot for the Feeder Cattle market on Friday. A break below here could see a test of support at 148.30 and then 147.475. A rally from the 1499.975 level could see a retest of the 152.30 level and then 153.70. The session formed a Doji, indicating indecision in the market.

Lean Hogs

The October Lean Hogs traded inside the Wednesday sessions trading range forming an inside candle. The market continues to react to the 64.90 support level, with 3 failed attempts to break through to the down side. It is in the middle of the 67.80 - 64.90 trading band. A break out from this band could lead to the next trading range levels (69.90 to the upside and 61.80 to the downside).

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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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