Cattle Current Daily-Oct. 17, 2018

Cattle Current Daily-Oct. 17, 2018

Cattle futures closed mostly lower Tuesday, buoyed by support late in the day, but amid limited trade and interest overall.

Except for 12¢ and 10¢ higher, in near Feb and Apr, respectively, Live Cattle futures closed an average of 30¢ lower.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 63¢ lower.

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

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 19¢ lower Tuesday afternoon at $204.61/cwt. Select was 66¢ higher at $192.55.

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Major U.S. financial indices surged higher Tuesday, lifted by strong quarterly earnings across a broad base of companies, including Morgan Stanley, Netflix and United Health.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 547 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 59 points higher. The NASDAQ was up 214 points.

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Although most expectations are for September feedlot placements to be about even with last year, in this Friday’s monthly Cattle on Feed report, a majority of analysts expect the on-feed number Oct. 1 to be about 6% more.

For instance, analysts at Allendale, Inc. expect placements to be 0.2% more than last year (2.154 million head). If so, they say that would be the largest placement for the month in seven years and mark the fifth consecutive month of higher year-over-year placements.

“High placements have been seen despite profitability concerns,” say Allendale analysts. “Kansas State estimates a $110 loss per head on finished cattle in September. First-half 2019 marketings are slated for $122-$125 breakevens. August placements determine a part of the March through early August beef supply.”

The folks at Allendale expect marketings in September to be 0.7% less than last year at 1.771 million head. They look for the number of cattle on feed Oct. 1 to be 5.9% more than a year earlier at 11.446 million head, which would be record high for the month since the data series that began in 1996.

2018-10-16T19:42:37+00:00

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