Cattle Current Daily—Nov. 1, 2019

Cattle Current Daily—Nov. 1, 2019

Except for some scattered sales in Kansas on Thursday—steady with the previous day’s higher market in the Southern Plains at $112/cwt.—negotiated cash fed cattle trade remained undeveloped, based on USDA reports.

Cattle futures pulled back from the strong rally the previous day, pressured by outside markets on new doubts about a U.S.-China trade deal.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 63¢ lower (15¢ lower at the back to $1.70 lower in expiring Oct).

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 19¢ lower.

Wholesale beef values were sharply higher on Choice and steady on Select, with moderate to good demand and moderate offerings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $2.13 higher Thursday afternoon at $232.18/cwt. Select was 18¢ lower at $206.49.

Corn futures closed mostly fractionally lower.

Soybean futures closed mostly 2¢ higher.

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Major U.S. financial indices closed lower Thursday. Pressure included chatter about a more dismal outlook for U.S.-China trade talks, but nothing definitive, as always. Likely, there was also some month-end profit taking and book squaring.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 140 points lower. The S&P 500 closed 9 points lower. The NASDAQ was down 11 points.

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For the first time in a long while, carcass weights trended higher year over year, for the week ending Oct. 19.  

The average dressed steer weight was 900 lbs., according to the most recent Actual Slaughter Under Federal Inspection report. That was 1 lb. lighter than the previous week but 6 lbs. heavier than the same time a year earlier. The average dressed heifer weight of 831 lbs. was 3 lbs. heavier than the previous week and 5 lbs. heavier than the previous year.

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