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The August Lean Hogs contract opened lower and found support above the 80.40 79.80 support area. It made the low during the first minute of the trading session (80.925) and then exploded higher. It traded to the session high at 83.175 then consolidated its gain for the rest of the session. It settled at 83.00. It couldnt rally above resistance at 83.325 so this level is the key for trade on Thursday, in my opinion. A rally above here could see price test the 13 DMA at 83.959 and then move towards resistance up at 85.375. A break down from settlement could see price retest the low. The Lean Hog Index inched lower and is at 79.26 as of June 17th and the pork cutout index dropped to 82.44 as of June 18th.

August Live Cattle couldnt take out resistance at 106.025 as it made the high below it at 105.775.It grinded lower ant made the low at 104.475. Settlement was in the middle of the 104.85 104.20 trading range at 104.55. Breaking down below support could see a test of support at 103.00. If August cattle could trade above 106.025, a test of resistance at 107.30 is possible. Resistance then comes in at 108.65. The cash market was quiet. Boxed beef cutouts were higher as choice cutouts were up 1.06 to 221.59 and select was up 0.44 to 202.24 on moderate o firm demand and offerings. The choice/ select spread widened to 19.35 and the load count was large at 184. Slaughter was 121,000.

August Feeder Cattle traded below support at 136.75 making the low at 135.725. This is just above the 135.60 support level. It settled at 136.525. A break down below 135.60 could see price test support at 134.25. Support then comes in at 133.50. A rally above settlement could see price test resistance at 136.75 and then approach resistance at 138.95. The Feeder Cattle Index declined to 133.05 as of June 18th.

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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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