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Live Cattle

The October Live Cattle contract was slammed at the open on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, and then traded down to test support at 108.675, making the early low at 108.625. It spent the next 3 hours consolidating at the low before breaking down and nearly going down limit. The low for the day is 107.875 and the session ended slightly higher at 108.075. Support is at 107.60, 106.00 and 104.85. Resistance is at 108.675, 109.825 and 110.80. The fedcattleexchange auction on Wednesday morning had 1,659 head for sale, with 518 sold. Prices traded at 114.00 for 17 – 30 day delivery, 114.50 for 1 – 17 day delivery and 115.00 – 115.50 for 1 – 9 day delivery. The negotiated cash market was open for business today with trading taking place at mostly 115.00 for live sales and 185.00 for dressed. Wednesday afternoon boxed beef cutout values were lower on Choice and Select on light to moderate demand and moderate offerings. Choice was down .59 at 201.66 and Select down 0.25 to close at 196.61 on 148 loads. The choice/ select spread narrowed to 5.05. The estimated cattle slaughter for Monday was reported at 116,000.

Feeder Cattle

The September Feeder Cattle contract broke down hard and went limit down on Wednesday, trading to 142.15. This just above 141.20 support and breaking down from here could see the June 20th low (140.775) tested and then a plunge to 138.95 is possible. Resistance is at 143.50 and then 144.65.

Lean Hogs

The October Lean Hogs contract retested the 200 DMA (68.85), reaching 68.75 and retested the 67.90 support level, trading down to 67.725. It ended the session at 68.225. It was another uneventful day with a small range and it formed and inside candle.. A break out above the Wednesday high could lead to a test of resistance at 69.90. Trading below the low could see a test of support at 66.75.

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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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