Cattle futures headed south Wednesday, amid presumable profit taking, technical pressure and chatter that the seasonal top in cash fed cattle prices is on the books.
Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.99 lower ($1.50 to $2.77 lower), with the heaviest trade in a month.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.66 lower ($1.72 lower at the back to $3.10 lower in spot May).
Despite futures negativity, negotiated cash fed cattle trade was at steady money in the Southern Plains at $126/cwt. on moderate trade and demand. There were too few transactions to trend in other regions, but the tone of early sales was decidedly lower in Nebraska and the western Corn Belt.
There were 461 head offered in the weekly Fed Cattle Exchange Auction: 124 head (one lot of Kansas steers) sold for a weighted average price of $127, for delivery at 1-9 days.
Wholesale beef values were lower on light to moderate demand and moderate to heavy offerings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.15 lower Wednesday afternoon at $232.96/cwt. Select was 98¢ lower at $220.28.
Corn futures closed 2¢ to 4¢ lower.
Soybean futures continued lower, closing down mostly 6¢ to 7¢.