Cattle Current Daily-Oct. 3-2018

Cattle Current Daily-Oct. 3-2018

After some early pressure, Cattle futures firmed and closed a touch higher Tuesday.

Except for 12¢ lower in the back contract, Live Cattle futures closed an average of 29¢ higher.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 60¢ higher.

Wholesale beef values were steady to weak on light to moderate demand and light offerings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 19¢ lower Tuesday afternoon at $204.89/cwt. Select was 65¢ lower at $193.98.

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Major U.S. financial indices closed mixed Tuesday with the DJIA continuing to receive support from the announced United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 122 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 1 point lower. The NASDAQ was down 37 points.

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Agricultural producer sentiment dropped to its lowest level since October 2016 as producers expressed concern over worsening farm financial conditions, according to the latest Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. That barometer is based on a monthly survey of 400 agricultural producers from across the country.

The September barometer reading of 114 declined 15 points from the previous month. As for the sub-indices that comprise the Barometer, the Index of Future Expectations declined 10 points and the Index of Current Conditions dropped 25 points.

“The barometer readings have been unusually volatile over the past few months,” says James Mintert, the barometer’s principal investigator and director of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture. “Concerns about the ongoing impact of trade conflicts, and especially China’s tariffs on imports of U.S. ag products, continue to reverberate throughout the U.S. agricultural sector.”

Producers indicated that financial conditions on their farms deteriorated significantly as 2018 unfolded and their expectations for the future also weakened. In September, 54% of farmers surveyed said their farm’s financial condition was worse than a year earlier, up from 38% who felt that way in June. The September survey also indicated that 33% of producers expect their farm’s financial condition to be worse a year from now, up 15 points compared to responses received to the same question in June.

2018-10-02T19:16:18-05:00

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