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The December Lean Hogs contract tested support at 63.325 this morning making the low just below it at 63.075. An impressive rally erupted and price rallied the remainder of the session nearly going up the expanded limit for the day. The high of the session was 68.625 which is right at resistance at the 8 (68.578) and 13 (68.782) DMAs. Hogs pulled back at the close and settled at 67.40. It formed a bullish engulfing pattern and a breakout above the high could see price test resistance at 69.80 and then move towards resistance at 71.325 -71.85. A failure from settlement could see price consolidate within the Tuesday range. The Lean Hog index is at 59.22 as of 10/4/2019. The Pork Cutout Index continued its climb and is at 75.45 as of 10/7/2019.

December Live Cattle continues to hover around the 110.80 resistance level. It hasnt been able to break out to the 112.35 resistance level and the trading ranges continue to be small. It settled at 110.85. A failure from 110.80 could see price test support at 108.65. The cash market was at a standstill. Boxed beef cutouts were higher with choice cutouts up 2.51 to 213.60 and select up 1.15 to 187.06 on moderate demand and light offerings. The choice/ select spread widened to 26.54 and the load count was 125. Slaughter was 117,000.

November Feeder Cattle tested support at 140.775 making its low at 140.525. It grinded higher and made its high at 141.75. It is also battling resistance at the 8 (141.65) and 13 (141.56) DMAs. It settled at 141.25. A breakout above the high could see resistance tested at 142.50 and then 143.50. Resistance then comes in at 144.25. A failure from settlement could see price revisit the low. Support then comes in at 138.95. The Feeder Cattle Index was higher and is at 144.03 as of October 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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