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The October Lean Hogs contract rallied past resistance at 67.80 to the session high at 68.00. It couldnt sustain the rally and broke down and traded to the session low at 65.925. It settled near the low at 66.30. The October contract was the weakest contract in the Hog arena as deferred months settled higher on the day. A rebound from settlement could see price test resistance at 67.80 and then 69.80. A failure from settlement could see price fall back to support at 64.80. The Lean Hog index continues to fall and is at 66.57 as of 9/3/2019. The Pork Cutout Index fell and is at 72.70 as of 9/4/2019.

October Live Cattle collapsed and made a new low at 97.175. This is just above the 97.075 support level. It settled at 97.875. It settled below the 98.10 (now) resistance level and will help decide trade for Friday. A rally above 98.10 could see price test resistance at 99.375. Resistance then comes in at 100.275. The cash market traded at 100.00 in both Texas and Kansas. Boxed beef cutouts declined with choice cutouts down 1.23 to 229.42 and select down 4.48 to 204.47 on light demand and heavy offerings. The choice/ select spread widened to 24.95 and the load count was 150. Slaughter was 116,000.

October Feeder Cattle broke down and traded to the session low at 130.975. It stopped just below the 131.10 support level and above the Friday low of 130.20. It recovered and settled above the 132.075 support level at 132.325. If settlement holds then a re-test of resistance at 133.50 is possible. Resistance then comes in at 134.25 and then 135.60. A failure from settlement could see price re-test the 132.075 support level and then the Friday low at 130.20. Support then comes in at 129.65. The Feeder Cattle Index dipped to 138.43 as of September 4th.

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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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