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DTN Midday Livestock Comments          07/07 11:35

   Cash Cattle Begin to Trade

   After waiting what seems like a long time, the cash cattle market has 
finally begun to trade. 

ShayLe Stewart
DTN Livestock Analyst


   The cash cattle market has finally begun to see cattle after waiting long 
into the week for the market's trend to develop. Northern feedlots are selling 
cattle anywhere from $147 to $151, and in the South feedlots are selling cattle 
for mostly $137. The feeder cattle market has taken a lower approach to 
Thursday's market as the corn market has regained support and is trending 
higher. December corn is up 10 3/4 cents per bushel and December soybean meal 
is up $9.60. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 284.77 points.


   The cash cattle market is finally starting to see some interest after 
feedlots put up a good fight in deferring the week's business in hopes of 
driving prices higher. The Southern plains is seeing cattle sell for mostly 
$137 (which is steady to $1.00 lower than last week), and in the North cattle 
are selling anywhere from $147 to $151 (which is steady to $1.00 higher than 
last week). Given that packers have cattle committed for this week and next, 
it's unlikely that this week's volume is very big. August live cattle are up 
$0.12 at $134.62, October live cattle are down $0.10 at $139.85 and December 
live cattle are up $0.15 at $145.50. Helping bode well for both packers and 
feedlots is that the boxed beef market has found some strength. As packers 
receive an uptick in the price for meat they're selling to retailers, they'll 
likely be somewhat more willing to support the cash market. More cattle should 
trade before the day's end.

   Boxed beef prices are higher: choice up $0.26 ($268.31) and select up $0.26 
($243.19) with a movement of 79 loads (48.62 loads of choice, 22.99 loads of 
select, zero loads of trim and 7.19 loads of ground beef).


   The feeder cattle contracts are trending lower as the corn market has gained 
footing and is now trending higher. August feeders are down $0.95 at $172.35, 
September feeders are down $1.05 at $176.02 and October feeders are down $1.12 
at $179.25. With the cash cattle market still not having developed a test on 
this week's market, the feeder cattle complex has only its own technical and 
fundamental support to rely on. Feeder cattle demand throughout the countryside 
has been strong as buyers see the premiums in the deferred live cattle market 
and hope to capitalize on those higher prices.


   The lean hog market is still trending mostly higher as the market is being 
fueled by strong pork demand and great interest earlier this week in the cash 
market. Cash prices are printing lower in Thursday's midday report which isn't 
odd to see after the sizeable jump the market took on Tuesday and Wednesday. 
Thankfully to offset the slightly lower cash prices, midday pork cutout values 
are higher as retailers continue to restock after the 4th of July run. Watching 
how slaughter speeds fare throughout the rest of the week will be crucial as 
speeds were weak heading into the 4th of July.

   The projected lean hog index for 7/6/2022 is up $0.23 at $110.16, and the 
actual index for 7/5/2022 is down $0.65 at $109.63. Hog prices are lower on the 
Daily Direct Morning Hog Report, down $1.83 with a weighted average of $119.31, 
ranging from $112.00 to $127.00 and on 6,805 head with a five-day rolling 
average of $118.46. Pork cutouts total 174.33 loads with 153.88 loads of pork 
cuts and 20.45 loads of trim. Pork cutout values: up $1.61, $113.11.

   ShayLe Stewart can be reached

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