Markets head into what will be a long holiday weekend for many on a positive note.
Cattle futures gained again Thursday with traders apparently content to position on the plus side heading into the long weekend. Although trade was holiday-light, open interest in Live Cattle expanded the last two days. Higher outside markets added support.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of $1.25 higher (72¢ higher at the back to $1.82 higher toward the front).
Live Cattle futures closed an average of $1.22 higher (70¢ higher toward the back to $2.25 higher toward the front).
Negotiated cash fed cattle trade ranged from mostly inactive on very light demand to a standstill through Thursday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
For the week, live prices are $1 lower in the Texas Panhandle at $135/cwt. and $1-$3 lower in Kansas and Nebraska at $135. Dressed trade in Nebraska is steady to $1 lower at $217-$218. Last week, live prices were at $138 in the western Corn Belt and dressed trade was at $217-$218.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $1.08 higher Thursday afternoon at $262.94/cwt. Select was $2.12 higher at $252.95/cwt.
Corn futures closed mostly 1¢ to 3¢ higher.
Soybean futures closed 3¢ to 7¢ higher through Sep ‘22 and then mostly 6¢ lower.