Seasonal data suggests cattle price have peaked

ABSR Research: Chart of the Day

Live cattle futures prices have climbed over 10% in the past 7 months but probability suggests the run may be over. Both our trend and momentum gauges point to continued higher prices but the market has followed its seasonal pattern nearly to a tee this year, which suggests the run has likely peaked. Our peak/trough probability graph above shows that in the past 20 years cattle futures have hit a top quartile (price in the highest 25%) price for the marketing year between October and December 46.1% of the time. As it stands, the peak price looks as if it will have occurred in early October this year. By contrast we will be entering the highest probability period for a bottom quartile price between March and June. In other word, given the current technical picture we may make one more run at the high, but be ready to sell on new overbought signals.

Shawn Bingham, CAIA

Source(s): ABSR Research, Commodity Systems Inc.

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