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Live Cattle

The December Live Cattle contract opened lower and tested the 13 DMA (113.05) support level on Tuesday, October 3.2017, reaching the session low at 112.90. The 13 DMA contained the selling pressure and price recovered sharply, trading up to the 200 DMA (115.575) this morning, reaching the session high at 115.725 before failing and breaking down on Monday, October 2, 2017, reaching a high at 115.475. It ended the session at 114.925. It formed a piercing line candlestick pattern and could lead to higher prices on Wednesday. Trading above the 200 DMA could lead to a test of resistance at 116.55. Resistance then comes in at the September 22 high at 117.725. Support is at the 100 DMA (114.425) and then the 13 DMA. The negotiated cash market was quiet. The fedcattleexchange.com auction is on Wednesday with 1,732 head for sale. Tuesday afternoon boxed beef cutout values were higher on Choice and Select on light to moderate demand and light offerings. Choice was up 0.65 to 197.87 and Select up 0.74 to 189.02 on 114 loads. The choice/ select spread narrowed to a plus 8.85. The estimated cattle slaughter for Tuesday was reported at 119,000.

Feeder Cattle

The November Feeder Cattle rallied strongly through the 152.30 level, nearly taking out the Monday high (154.775), but stopped just below it at 154.75. It ended the day at 154.30. It formed an inside candle and breaking above the Tuesday high could lead to a test of the September 29 high (155.55) and then resistance at 156.025. Ressistance then comes in at 159.975.Support for Wednesday is at 153.60 (8 DMA), 152.30 and the rising 21 DMA (151.275).

Lean Hogs

The December Lean Hogs contract traded up to the 63.325 resistance level, reaching a high 63.45. It couldnt sustain the rally and traded down to the lower middle of the trading range forming a Doji candlestick. The Doji indicates indecision and a break down from the 61.80 support level could lead to a test of support at the 21 DMA (60.125) and the trendline at 59.975. Taking out the high could lead to a test of resistance at 64.90.

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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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