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Live Cattle

The December Live Cattle contract failed again at the 119.15 resistance level on Thursday, October 12, 2017. It made a weak attempt at mid-session to test this level, making the days high at 119.00. It broke down from here and traded down to support at the 8 DMA (116.875) and 116.55, making the low in between these levels at 116.625. It recovered from here and ended the session at 117.525. Trade is consolidating between these levels as for the past 4 trading sessions price has been unable to break free from this area. We could see continued consolidation on Friday. It would take a break out above 119.15 to lead to a test of resistance at 120.575 and then 121.35. A breakdown below 116.55 could lead to a test of support at the 200 DMA (115.625) and the 114.25. The negotiated cash market saw some trades at 111.00 for live cattle and 175.00 for dressed. Thursday afternoon boxed beef cutout values were higher on Choice and Select on moderate to good demand and light to moderate offerings. Choice was up 1.12 to 197.44 and Select was up 0.69 to 189.45 on 121 loads. The choice/ select spread narrowed to a plus 7.38. The estimated cattle slaughter for Thursday was reported at 118,000.

Feeder Cattle

The November Feeder Cattle continues fail at the 156.025 resistance level. For the fifth day in a row it traded above this level, this time making a high at 156.675 as it was unable to take out the Tuesday high (156.975). The failure to take out the Tuesday high (the high occurred mid-session), led to panic selling and price broke down below the 8 (155.125), 13 (154.425) and 21(154.00) DMAs, making the session low at 153.925. It was able to recover from here and ended the day above the 13 DMA at 154.60. It formed an outside day candle and a break out above or below this candle could lead to the next support/ resistance levels. Taking out the Thursday high could see price test resistance at 157.30 and then 159.975. Breaking down from the session low could see price test support at 153.50 and then 152.30.

Lean Hogs

The December Lean Hogs contract opened (62.75) just above the 50 DMA (62.70) and rallied to the session high (63.125), just below the 63.325 resistance level. It couldnt hold onto the rally and broke down, making the session low (61.30) late in the day. It recovered a little from the low and ended the session at 61.75, just below the 61.80 support level. Once again the Lean Hog market is in a trading range. The range is bounded by the high (63.45) and the low (60.60). The 61.80 level will be the pivotal number for trading on Friday. If price can recover and get above 61.80, a test of the declining 50 DMA is possible and then a rally from here could lead to a test of resistance at 63.325. A break down from 61.80, could lead to a test of support at the rising 13 DMA (61.00) and then a test of the Monday low (60.60) and then the now rising 21 DMA (60.175). Trendline support is at 60.45 and 59.85.

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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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