Cattle Current Daily—Aug. 5, 2022

Cattle Current Daily—Aug. 5, 2022

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was moderate with light to moderate demand in the Southern Plains through Thursday afternoon. Prices were 50¢ to $1 higher at $135.50 to $136/cwt.

Elsewhere, trade was limited on light demand with too few transactions to trend, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

So far this week, live prices are $2 higher in Nebraska at $140 and generally steady in the western Corn Belt at $141-$145. Dressed prices are steady to $7 higher in Nebraska at $225-$232.

Choice Boxed beef cutout value was $1.66 lower Thursday afternoon at $266.28/cwt. Select was 95¢ lower at $240.35/cwt.

Firm to stronger cash fed cattle prices helped Live Cattle futures mostly edge higher and Feeder Cattle futures mostly fade higher Corn futures.

Live Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed from an average of 18¢ lower in the front three contracts to an average of 41¢ higher.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 18¢ lower, except for an average of 17¢ higher in the back two contracts.

Corn futures closed mostly 6¢ to 10¢ higher and Soybean futures closed mostly 40¢ to 57¢ higher, apparently buoyed by technical buying and weather speculation.

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Major U.S. financial indices closed narrowly mixed Thursday as investors seemed in hover mode ahead of the jobs report due out Friday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 85 points lower. The S&P 500 closed 3 points lower. The NASDAQ was up 52 points.

CME WTI Crude Oil futures closed $2.12 to $2.41 lower through the through the front six contracts.

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“The August 2022 contract is currently the lowest price of any (see chart below), and every consecutive contract is higher than the previous. This is a clear signal that traders are expecting feeder cattle prices to increase into 2023,” says Josh Maples, Extension livestock economist at Mississippi State University, in the latest Cattle Market Notes Weekly.

Maples points out Feeder Cattle contract prices (solid line, July 29) are approximately $10/cwt. higher across all contracts since June 1 (dotted line).

“The spring 2023 contracts are currently trading near $190 which, if actually observed, would mean feeder cattle prices not seen since 2015,” Maples explains. “Strong market expectations also mean there may be some attractive risk management opportunities for producers depending on your goals … The December Corn futures contract is down more than $1/bu. since mid-June, which also has a positive impact on cattle market expectations.”

2022-08-04T19:50:19-05:00

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