Cattle Current Daily-Oct. 16, 2018

Cattle Current Daily-Oct. 16, 2018

Sharply higher wholesale Choice beef cutout values helped boost Live Cattle futures Monday. That provided support to Feeder Cattle, after follow-through pressure tied in part to higher gain prices.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 95¢ higher (55¢ higher to $1.80 higher in near Dec).

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 70¢ higher.

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

Choice boxed beef cutout value was $2.09 higher Monday afternoon at $204.80/cwt. Select was 39¢ lower at $191.89.

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Despite positive quarterly earnings reports, investors started the week with renewed pessimism; pushing U.S. financial indices lower Monday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 89 points lower. The S&P 500 closed 16 points lower. The NASDAQ was down 66 points.

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Retail prices for beef and pork drifted lower in September, reversing a trend from the summer months, according to the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC), in the latest Livestock Monitor. Retail chicken prices moved lower, too, but within a narrow range established early last year.

“The biggest retail price decline from August to September was for Choice Beef, falling 15¢ per pound,” say LMIC analysts. “Even with the drop in price, compared to 12 months earlier, prices were still 2% higher. That compares with retail pork prices that were 5% lower than a year earlier and chicken prices that were lower by a fraction of a percent.” They note the prices are based on Bureau of Labor Statistics survey data that is compiled by USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).

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