Cattle Current Daily—Jan. 19, 2024

Cattle Current Daily—Jan. 19, 2024

Cattle futures stretched higher Thursday, led by Feeder Cattle. Recently higher wholesale beef prices and growing prospects of steady to higher cash fed cattle prices this week added support. There was also likely some positioning ahead of the monthly Cattle on Feed report scheduled for release Friday. Analyst estimates ahead of the report peg December placements about 4% lower year over year, December marketings about 0.5% less and the Jan. 1 feedlot inventory about 2% higher.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $2.21 higher ($1.65 to $2.77 higher).

Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.41 higher (1.00 to $2.02 higher).

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from inactive on light demand to a standstill through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Last week, FOB live prices were $172/cwt. in the Southern Plains, $173 in Nebraska and $175 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed delivered prices were $272-$275 in Nebraska and $275 in the western Corn Belt.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $2.16 lower Thursday afternoon at 296.29/cwt. Select was 74¢ higher at $283.76/cwt.

Grain and Soybean futures firmed on apparently oversold conditions and positive outside markets.

Soybean futures closed 1¢ to 7¢ higher through Mar ’25 and then 1¢ to 5¢ lower.

Corn futures closed mostly 1¢ higher through Jly ’25 and then mostly 1¢ to 2¢ lower.

KC HRW Wheat futures closed mostly 7¢ to 9¢ higher.

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Major U.S. financial indices closed higher Thursday, led tech stocks. Pressure early in the day came from indicators of a tighter labor market.  

Seasonally adjusted weekly initial unemployment insurance claims were 187,000 for the week ending Jan. 13, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That was less than the trade expected, pointing to further tightness in the labor market.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 201 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 41 points higher. The NASDAQ was up 200 points.

West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil futures (CME) closed $1.16 to $1.52 higher through the front six contracts.

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