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Live Cattle

The December Live Cattle contract tested the 200 DMA (115.575) this morning, reaching the session high at 115.725 before failing and breaking down on Monday, October 2, 2017. It broke down below the 100 DMA (114.50) and traded to the lows at 113.35. It ended the session at 113.375. A continued break down could lead to a test of support at 112.425 and trendline support at 112.10. A reversal of fortune could see the 100 and 200 DMAs retested. The negotiated cash market was quiet. Monday afternoon boxed beef cutout values were higher on Choice and lower for Select on light to moderate demand and moderate offerings. Choice was up 0.60 to 197.22 and Select down 0.22 to 188.28 on 100 loads. The choice/ select spread widened to a plus 8.94. The estimated cattle slaughter for Monday was reported at 110,000.

Feeder Cattle

The November Feeder Cattle broke down and traded through support at 152.30, trading down to the session low151.475. It ended the day at 151.525. Support for Tuesday is at 151.25 (TL) and the rising 21 DMA (150.75). Support then comes in at 149.975. Breaking below 149.975 could lead to a test of the 100 DMA at 14870. Resistance is at 152.30 and then the 13 DMA (153.30).

Lean Hogs

The December Lean Hogs contract broke through trendline resistance (59.975) and the 21 DMA (60.10) and then powered its way up to and beyond the 61.80 resistance level. It reached a high of 62.675 and ended the day at 62.00. A continued rally could lead to a test of resistance at 63.325 and then 64.90. A failure from 61.80 could see a test of the Friday high at 61.175 and then the 21 DMA.

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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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