Cattle Current Daily—Apr. 24, 2019

Cattle Current Daily—Apr. 24, 2019

Cattle futures found some stability on Tuesday although Live Cattle edged lower, pressured in part by volatility in Lean Hog futures.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 19¢ lower.

Except for $1.17 lower in spot May and 12¢ lower in Mar, Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 18¢ higher.

Corn futures closed mostly 1¢ to 3¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 10¢ to 15¢ lower through Nov ’20 and then 3¢ to 9¢ lower. Apparently funds are taking advantage of the anemic fundamentals tied to bountiful supplies here and reports of a strong harvest in South America thus far.

Wholesale beef values were weak to lower on light to moderate demand and offerings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 37¢ lower Tuesday afternoon at $234.11/cwt. Select was $1.38 lower at $221.26.

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Major U.S. financial indices closed strongly higher on Tuesday, buoyed by better than expected quarterly earnings from a wide array of companies, including Coca-Cola, Twitter and United Technologies.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 145 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 25 points higher. The NASDAQ was up 105 points.

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Total pounds of beef in freezers Mar. 31 were 5% less than the previous month and 3% less than a year earlier, according to USDA’s monthly Cold Storage report.

Similarly, frozen pork supplies were down 1% from the previous month and down slightly from last year.

Total red meat supplies in freezers were 3% less than the previous month and 2% less than a year earlier.

Total frozen poultry supplies were also lower—1% less than the previous month and 2% less than a year ago.

2019-04-23T21:45:51-05:00

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