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Upside Breakout in December Lean Hogs?

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Tuesday October 17, 2017


I cant find anything fancy to report in hogs after they staged a possible upside break out yesterday. Volume was not heavy at just 35,700. Open interest did almost nothing, up 270 cars. We did notice the volume in hog puts, at over 8,000 was four times the volume in hog calls. The most active put was the Dec 55 putsare you kidding? The next highest volume put was in the Dec 60 puts which saw volume of just over 900 while open interest in this put increased by over 400. No doubt traders holding puts before yesterday are now actively rolling up their strike prices. Consider that the Oct contract, in mid-Aug staged a similar upside breakout from a bull flag formation. The contract went higher one addition session and they staged a massive outside day lower close. The contract then proceeded to break for four weeks and over $10. We suspect the Dec contract could be setting up a similar type pattern and fundamental situation.


Both LC and FC futures spun lower on Monday with no conclusions from the volume and open interest. Volume was 38,000 with open interest down 600. There were 34 deliveries against the Oct LC contact with the oldest long jumping to Sep 27th. Open interest in the Oct stands at 8,400. Very light trade was reported yesterday in IA at $1.10. Basically the trade is pumped up for a strong cash trade not a weaker trade. Last week packer paid $1.11 to own slaughter inventory. We saw a report published yesterday that suggested that 40% of the open interest in FC is comprised of fund long positions. When they realize that beef production in this quarter is projected to be record high in tandem with record large pork and poultry production, if they all head for the exit at the same time, triggering off the same technical indicator, look out.

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