DTN Midday Livestock Comments 03/17 11:32
Cattle Hope Cattle on Feed Report Sparks Cattle Market
All three of the livestock markets are trading lower into Friday's
afternoon, but cattlemen hope that the day's Cattle on Feed report could help
propel the cattle market higher on Monday.
DTN Livestock Analyst
The livestock complex is again trading lower as traders continue to yearn
for something positive. Cattlemen are hopeful that Friday afternoon's Cattle on
Feed report could be the light at the end of the tunnel that the cattle market
desperately needs in order to send the contracts higher again. May corn is up 2
cents per bushel and May soybean meal is down $9.10. The Dow Jones Industrial
Average is down 396.50 points and NASDAQ is down 114.79 points.
The live cattle complex is again trading lower as the market seems to be
patiently waiting for Friday afternoon's Cattle on Feed report to be released.
Besides waiting for the COF report to be shared, the market remains incredibly
quiet. It's looking like the bulk of this week's cash cattle trade is mostly
done with, as feedlots know that getting packers to give them an extra $1.00 or
$2.00 is going to be nearly impossible given that they've gotten cattle bought
earlier in the week for cheaper money. Some light clean-up trade could still
develop, but largely the bulk of this week's business is done with. Throughout
the week, live cattle have traded for $164 and dressed cattle have traded for
mostly $264, both of which are $1.00 lower than last week's weighted averages.
April live cattle are down $0.10 at $162.25, June live cattle are down $0.47 at
$156.40 and August live cattle are down $0.12 at $156.45.
Boxed beef prices are higher: choice up $0.43 ($284.38) and select up $1.41
($273.17) with a movement of 40 loads (22.92 loads of choice, 5.83 loads of
select, zero loads of trim and 10.86 loads of ground beef).
The feeder cattle complex is back to trading lower as the market anxiously
awaits to see what Friday afternoon's Cattle on Feed report unveils. Most
likely hope the afternoon's report will be the bullish jumpstart that the
cattle market needs in order for traders to again push the contracts higher.
Placements will again be the wildcard on Friday's report, with the big question
being: how much lower compared to a year ago were placements? The lower the
placements are the more bullish the report will be. March feeders are down
$0.90 at $188.60, April feeders are down $0.87 at $194.27 and May feeders are
down $0.62 at $199.65.
The lean hog complex is continuing to trade lower, but the complex isn't
doing so as hastily as it did on Thursday. April lean hogs are up $0.10 at
$79.55, June lean hogs are down $2.67 at $90.85 and July lean hogs are down
$2.85 at $93.42. At this point, traders are just simply looking forward to
Friday's trading hours coming to an end so that the week of immense hardship
can subside and hopefully next week the complex finds better support.
Hog prices are lower on the Daily Direct Morning Hog Report, down $0.65 with
a weighted average of $77.81, ranging from $72.00 to $79.00 on 4,231 head and
five-day rolling average of $76.97. Pork cutouts total 124.64 loads with 111.43
loads of pork cuts and 13.20 loads of trim. Pork cutout values: down $1.31,
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