Cattle Current Daily—July 19, 2019

Cattle Current Daily—July 19, 2019

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade continued mainly steady to $1 lower on Thursday, with prices so far this week at $111/cwt. in the Southern Plains, $114-$116 in the western Corn Belt and $113.00-$113.50 in Nebraska. Dressed trade so far this week is at $182-$185.

Cattle futures closed lower Thursday, with limited trade, some technical correction and likely positioning ahead of Friday’s monthly Cattle on Feed report.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 72¢ lower.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.20 lower.

Sagging corn export sales helped pressure Corn futures 9¢ to 11¢ lower through Jul ’20 and then mostly 1¢ to 2¢ lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 1¢ lower to 1¢ higher.

Wholesale beef values were firm to higher on moderate to good demand and moderate offerings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 77¢ higher Thursday afternoon at $213.34/cwt. Select was 27¢ higher at $188.61.

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Major U.S. financial indices edged higher Thursday, on mixed quarterly earnings and increasing chatter about the Fed cutting interest rates.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 3 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 10 points higher. The NASDAQ was up 22 points.

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Carcass weights continued lower year over year for the week ending July 6, according to USDA’s Actual Slaughter Under Federal Inspection report. The average dressed steer weight was 861 lbs., which was 7 lbs. more than the previous week but 6 lbs. lighter than the same week a year earlier. The average dressed heifer weight was 792 lbs., which was 3 lbs. more than a week earlier but 5 lbs. lighter year over year.

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Heading into Friday’s monthly Cattle on Feed report, a survey of analysts by Urner Barry suggests 2.1% fewer cattle were placed on feed in June than the previous year. That’s the average of estimates that range from 6.8% fewer to 5.7% more, according to the Daily Livestock Report.

The average estimate for marketings is for 3% fewer, keeping in mind one less business day this year.

On average, estimates see the July 1 on-feed inventory being 1.8% more.

2019-07-18T18:36:38-06:00

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