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The October Lean Hogs continued its consolidation within last Mondays huge trading range. Mondays range was 69.90 high to 61.50 low. Todays range was 67.275 to 64.60. Settlement was 66.775. A break down from settlement could see support at 64.80 tested. A rally from settlement could see Tuesdays high (68.50) tested. The Lean Hog index fell to 80.95 as of 8/12/2019. The Pork Cutout Index ticked higher to 89.39 as of 8/13/2019.

October Live Cattle is still feeling the effects of the Tyson processing plant fire. It traded below and settled below the 99.375 support level. The settlement price was 98.50. The low was 98.40. A weaker opening could see price test support at 97.075. Support then comes in at 96.10. A bounce off of settlement could see price revisit resistance at 100.275. The cash market traded at 105.00 on a live basis in Texas and Kansas. Boxed beef cutouts surged with choice cutouts up 5.98 to 232.34 and select up 5.34 to 205.92 on good demand and moderate offerings. The choice/ select spread widened to 26.42 and the load count was 162. Slaughter was 116,000.

September Feeder Cattle recovered from yesterdays debacle, going up the expanded limit to the high at 133.95. It couldnt hold the move and pulled back and settled at 132.825. Todays move was within yesterdays range as it was the limit levels prevented any possibility of trading above yesterdays 134.225 high. A rally above todays high could see price test resistance at 134.25 and then 135.60. A failure from settlement could see more consolidation within Mondays range. The Feeder Cattle Index declined to 139.89 as of August 13th.

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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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