Cattle Current Daily—Oct. 4, 2019

Cattle Current Daily—Oct. 4, 2019

Negotiated cash fed cattle trade opened higher on Thursday, with live prices in the Texas Panhandle $3 higher than the previous week at $106/cwt.

Cash optimism helped Cattle futures fade some early pressure and edge higher, although trade was sluggish and open interest continued to decline.

Live Cattle futures closed an average of 33¢ higher.

Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 32¢ higher. 

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

Choice boxed beef cutout value was 91¢ lower Thursday afternoon at $212.06/cwt. Select was $1.31 higher at $187.21.

Corn futures closed fractionally higher to 1¢ higher.

Except for 1¢ higher in the back three contracts, Soybean futures closed mostly 1¢ to 2¢ lower.

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Major U.S. financial indices closed higher on Thursday, curbing steep losses from the previous two sessions. The popular notion for support was thinking that odds favored the Fed cutting interest rates at the end of the month.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 122 points higher. The S&P 500 closed 23 points higher. The NASDAQ was up 87 points.

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More optimism by restaurant operators about the six-month outlook boosted the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) in August for the first time in three months.

Overall, the RPI— a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry—was 100.7 in August, which was 0.3% more than the previous month, according to NRA.

The Expectations Index was 101.2 in August, up 1.1% from the previous month, with restaurant operators slightly more optimistic about the direction of the economy. Operator outlook for capital spending was the highest in five months.

“Although the forward-looking indicators improved from last month, they remain tepid by historical standards,” say NRA analysts. “Only one in three operators expect their sales to be higher in six months, while just one in five think the economy will improve. Headlined by softer same-store sales readings and a net decline in customer traffic levels, current situation indicators trended lower in August.”

The Current Situation Index was down 0.5% from the previous month to 100.3. It lost ground mostly due to a net decline in customer levels, say NRA analysts.

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