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Live Cattle

On Wednesday July 11, 2018 the August Live Cattle contract continued its descent, trading down past the 103.00 support level on its way to the session low at 102.70. It recovered off the low and settled at 103.85. If cattle can recover from settlement a test of the 104.20 104.85 resistance zone is possible. Resistance then comes in at 106.025. A breakdown below the low could see support tested at 101.625. Negotiated cash trade on Wednesday was mostly inactive on light demand in all major feeding regions. Wednesday afternoon boxed beef cutout values were steady on Choice and lower on Select on light to moderate demand and offerings. Choice was up 0.12 at 207.44 with Select down 1.25 to close at 197.14 on 144 loads. The choice/ select spread widened to 10.30. The hide and offal value from a typical slaughter steer for today was estimated at 9.46 per cwt live, down 0.03 when compared to Tuesday's value. Estimated cattle slaughter for today is 120,000.

Feeder Cattle

The August Feeder Cattle contract broke down hard, slicing through support levels like a tender steak. It finally stopped at 147.825, just above support at 147.35. That is 4 handles below the Tuesday settlement price, ugly. It was able to bounce back somewhat off its low trading up to 149.875 and settling at 149.40. If this was a temporary pullback, a rally above 149.975 could see price try to reclaim the 150.75 high from June 20. Resistance then comes in at 151.55. A breakdown below 148.40 could see support tested at 147.35 and then 146.20.

Lean Hogs

The August Lean Hogs contract spent most of the trading session consolidating between 70.475 and 68.95. The last 10 minutes of trading, however took price from the middle of the trading range (69.50) to a new low for the day at 68.525. It settled at 68.80. This is below the 68.75 support level. The August contract actually followed the further back month contracts (December on down) down as they were crushed at the end of the day almost going limit down on expanded limits. This keeps the pressure on the August contract and we could see price test support at 67.775. Support then comes in at 66.75 66.425. If support holds, consolidation within the Wednesday range is likely.

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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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