Cattle Current Daily—July 21, 2021

Cattle Current Daily—July 21, 2021

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from a standstill to limited with very light demand through Tuesday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Cattle futures closed lower amid light trade Tuesday, led by Feeder Cattle, which was pressured by Corn futures once again.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.25 lower through the front five contracts, then down 18¢ to 30¢ at the back. 

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 47¢ lower, except for 73¢ higher in the back contract.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.61 lower Tuesday afternoon at $264.88/cwt. Select was 91¢ lower at $248.58/cwt. Also of note, steer byproduct value spiked 80¢ to $13.93/cwt.

Grain futures bounced higher Tuesday with hotter, drier weather forecast in the Corn Belt and wheat challenges in the West.

Corn futures closed 12¢ to 16¢ higher through Jly ‘22, and then mostly 2¢ to 6¢ higher.

Soybean futures closed 10¢ to 15¢ higher through Sep ‘22, and then 8¢ to 9¢ higher.

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Major U.S. financial indices recovered a majority portion of what was lost in the previous day’s steep selloff as investors seemed content to bet on the dip.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 550 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 65 points higher. The NASDAQ was up 224 points.

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“Across day-parts, the motivations for visiting restaurants are evolving, necessitating a refocus on how restaurant operators target consumers,” says David Portalatin, food industry advisor for the NPD Group (NPD). “Quality, value, and innovation will always be relevant to the consumer, but we also need to recognize that in many ways the world has fundamentally changed.”

Depending on new consumer rhythms of home, school, and work-life, recovery of each day-part — morning meal, lunch, dinner, and P.M. Snack — will be key to the restaurant industry’s recovery.

For instance, online or physical visits for the morning meal (breakfast and morning snack periods) were 5% less in May than the same time last year and 11% less than two years earlier. Since morning meal visits are habitual, recovery for this day-part will depend on consumers returning to workplaces and schools, according to NPD.

Lunch traffic was 4% less year over year in May and 10% less than two years ago, so recovery relies on more employees returning to workplaces, as well as more midday activities such as shopping.

Visits during the dinner day-part were 5% less than a year earlier and 12% less than two years ago. According to NPD, restaurant’s ability, particularly full service restaurants, to operate at total capacity will aid in recovery of this day-part, as will consumer comfort with dining in, and more business and recreational travel.

On the other hand, P.M. Snack visits in May were 8% more than last year and 3% more than two years ago as more flexible work schedules blur day-parts. Operators need to innovate their food and beverage offerings to grow traffic in this day-part, say the NPD folks.

Overall, total restaurant visits were 23% percent more year over year in May but were 6% less than two years earlier.

2021-07-20T19:47:41-05:00

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