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The August Lean Hogs contract continued its consolidation within Mondays trading range. The high was 77.00 and the low 74.525. It settled at 75.475. A failure from settlement could see the 74.25 support level revisited. This is also the Tuesday low. A failure from here could see price approach the 72.80 support level. If settlement holds then a test of resistance at 77.80 is possible. Resistance then comes in at the declining 8 DMA now at 78.846. The Lean Hog Index declined and is at 78.31as of June 24th. The pork cutout index fell to 76.94 as of June 25th. The quarterly Hogs and Pigs report will be released after the close (2pm CST) on Thursday June 27th.

August Live Cattle broke out above the 104.20 104.85 resistance area, almost going up limit on the day. It touched just above the 106.025 resistance level at 106.10 before dipping lower and settling at 105.375. Continued strength could see price test resistance at 107.30. Resistance then comes in at 108.65. If price fails at settlement a retest of the 104.85 104.20 support area is likely. The cash market was quiet. Boxed beef cutouts were mixed as choice cutouts were up 0.06 to 219.70 and select was down 0.39 to 198.56 on light to moderate demand and moderate offerings. The choice/ select spread widened to 21.14 and the load count was large at 156. Slaughter was 121,000 for the third day in a row.

August Feeder Cattle surged higher, setting the pace for the livestock market. It traded up limit and settled up limit at 135.825. Settlement was above the 135.60 resistance level and aggressive short-covering could see price test resistance at 136.75 and then the June 18th high at 138.50. If price fails at settlement, consolidation within the Wednesday range is likely. The Feeder Cattle Index ticked higher to 131.51 as of June 25th.

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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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