Cattle futures traded mixed Monday, holding their own in the face of higher grain futures.
Feeder Cattle futures closed an average of 36¢ higher, except for an average of 15¢ lower in two contracts.
Live Cattle futures closed mixed, from an average of 38¢ lower (10¢ to 70¢ lower) through Feb and then unchanged to an average of 10¢ higher.
Grain and Soybean futures bounced back some Monday with apparent technical resistance to the downside and perhaps some weather premium with the drier, hotter near-term outlook in parts of the Corn Belt.
Corn futures closed mostly 7¢ to 8¢ higher.
KC HRW Wheat closed fractionally higher to 3¢ higher.
Soybean futures closed mostly 15¢ to 21¢ higher.
Negotiated cash fed cattle trade was at a standstill in all regions through Monday afternoon, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
For the week, live prices were steady in the Southern Plains at $170/cwt., $2 higher in Nebraska at $178 and steady to $3 higher in the western Corn Belt at $177-$178. Dressed prices were steady to $2 higher at $280-$282.
The five-area direct weighted average fed steer price was $1.02 higher last week at $175.15/cwt. The weighted average fed steer price in the beef was $1.36 higher at $280.84.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was $2.80 higher Monday afternoon at $303.90/cwt. Select was 51¢ lower at $283.43/cwt.