Cattle Current Daily—Jan. 27., 2020

Cattle Current Daily—Jan. 27., 2020

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ended up generally steady to firm last week, with live prices in the Southern Plains and Nebraska at $124/cwt. and at $124-$126 in the western Corn Belt. Dressed prices were at $199 in Nebraska and mostly $198-$199 in the western Corn Belt.

Cattle futures continued lower, to a lesser degree than the previous session, helped along by weaker outside markets.

Other than an average of 13¢ higher in three contracts, Live Cattle futures close an average of 24¢ lower.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 69¢ lower. 

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

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 83¢ lower Friday afternoon at $214.49/cwt. Select was 50¢ lower at $210.70.

Corn futures closed mostly 3¢ to 5¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 5¢ to 8¢ lower through Nov ‘21 and then mostly 1¢ higher. 

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Growing fears about coronavirus and its potential impact on the fragile global economy pressured equity markets Friday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 170 points lower. The S&P 500 closed 30 points lower. The NASDAQ was down 87 points.

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Traders will likely view Friday’s monthly USDA Cattle on Feed report as neutral, given the fact that estimates basically mirrored pre-report expectations.

December placements in feedlots with 1,000 head or more capacity were 1.83 million head, which was 3.45% (+61,000 head) more year over year. That was 0.15% more than average estimates ahead of the report.

Marketings in December of 1.83 million head were 5.34% (+93,000 head) more than a year earlier. In terms of placement weights, 50.32% went on feed weighing 699 lbs. or less, 38.73% weighed 700-899 lbs. and 10.94% weighed more than 900 lbs.

Cattle on feed Jan. 1 of 11.96 million head were 2.29% (+268,000 head) more than the same date a year earlier. That was 0.19% more than average estimates ahead of the report.

2020-01-25T14:34:59-06:00

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