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The July Lean Hogs contract broke down hard below the 83.325 support level nearly going limit down in the process. It made a new low for the down move and approached the 80.45 to 79 .80 support area making the low at 80.60. It settled at 81.35. This is a critical support area with the rising 100 DMA now at 79.573 alongside this area. A break down below this zone could see price approach support at 77.80. A rebound off the low has resistance at 83.325. The Lean Hog Index declined and is at 79.95 as of June 7th and the pork cutout index declined to 84.21 as of June 10th.

August Live Cattle consolidated within the Thursday range forming an inside candlestick. Settlement was just above the 104.20 support level at 104.275. Breaking down below support could see a test of support at 103.00. A recovery above the 105.325 high could see price revisit the declining 21 DMA at 106.334 and then resistance at 107.30. The cash market was quiet during trading hours and I havent seen any reports of trades so far after the futures close. Boxed beef cutouts were mixed as choice cutouts were up 0.13 to 222.23 and select was down 1.95 to 201.76 on light to moderate demand and moderate to heavy offerings. The choice/ select spread widened to 19.47 and the load count was 110. Slaughter was 118,000.

August Feeder Cattle was fairly stable in the wake of the corn rally. It didnt trade below Wednesdays low (134.525), continuing its consolidation within the lower part of that days range. It settled at 135.525. It formed a spinning top candlestick. A rally above resistance at 136.75 could see price test resistance at 139.175. A break down below Wednesdays low could see support tested at 133.50 and then 132.075. The Feeder Cattle Index moved higher to 134.25 as of June 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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