Anticipation of higher cash prices pushed April Live Cattle higher today as it tested resistance at 128.10 (session high), before settling just under it at 127.925. A breakout above 128.10 could see price challenge the January 31st high at 129.475. Resistance is just above it at 129.825. A failure from settlement could see price revisit support at 126.625. Even with the rally price remains in a trading range. So far (mid-afternoon) the USDA has reported cash has traded moderately on moderate demand in Nebraska and the Western Cornbelt at 200.00 on a dressed basis. Trade is slow in all other feeding regions as producers continue to pass on current bids.
A hedge idea for cattle producers buy the April 125 put and sell the 131 call at even money plus commission and fees.
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RISK DISCLOSURE: THERE IS A SUBSTANTIAL RISK OF LOSS IN FUTURES AND OPTIONS TRADING. THIS REPORT IS A SOLICITATION FOR ENTERING A DERIVATIVES TRANSACTION AND ALL TRANSACTIONS INCLUDE A SUBSTANTIAL RISK OF LOSS. THE USE OF A STOP-LOSS ORDER MAY NOT NECESSARILY LIMIT YOUR LOSS TO THE INTENDED AMOUNT. WHILE CURRENT EVENTS, MARKET ANNOUNCEMENTS AND SEASONAL FACTORS ARE TYPICALLY BUILT INTO FUTURES PRICES, A MOVEMENT IN THE CASH MARKET WOULD NOT NECESSARILY MOVE IN TANDEM WITH THE RELATED FUTURES AND OPTIONS CONTRACTS.