Cattle Current Daily—Jan. 23, 2023

Cattle Current Daily—Jan. 23, 2023

Cattle futures mainly gained Friday helped along by higher outside markets.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 74¢ higher (30¢ to $1.42 higher), except for 17¢ lower in spot Jan.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 48¢ higher (12¢ higher at the back to 80¢ higher near the front).

Corn futures firmed and closed fractionally mixed with stronger weekly U.S. export sales.

Soybean futures were down again — mostly 12¢ to 13¢ lower — with more favorable moisture in Argentina.

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was slow on light demand through Friday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

For the week, live prices were $1 lower in the Southern Plains at $155/cwt. and $1-$2 lower in Nebraska at $155. Dressed sales in Nebraska were $2-$4 lower at $248. Live and dressed sales in the Western Corn Belt the previous week were $158 and $250-$252, respectively.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 21¢ higher Friday afternoon at $271.72/cwt. Select was 74¢ higher at $256.43/cwt.

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Major U.S. financial indices rebounded Friday, perhaps with some bargain hunting.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 330 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 73 points higher. The NASDAQ was up 288 points.

West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil futures (CME) closed 94¢ to $1.04  higher through the front six contracts.

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Markets could view Friday’s monthly Cattle on Feed report as neutral, to a touch bearish with slightly more placements and cattle on feed than expected and slightly fewer cattle marketed. The report reflects feedlots with 1,000 head or more one-time capacity.

Placements in December of 1.80 million head were 156,000 head fewer (-7.9%) than the previous year. That was 0.6% more than pre-report estimates.

In terms of placement weights, 49% went on feed weighing 699 lbs. or less, 40% weighing 700-899 lbs. and 11% weighing 900 lbs. or more.

Marketings in December of 1.74 million head were 113,000 head fewer (-6.1%). That was 0.8% fewer than expectations ahead of the report.

Cattle on feed Jan. 1 of 11.68 million head were 355,000 head fewer (-2.9%) than the prior year, but 0.3% more than estimates ahead of the report.

2023-01-22T16:31:53-06:00

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