Cattle futures settled mainly narrowly mixed on Monday, unable to build on last week’s strong cash markets and the seasonal uptick in wholesale beef values. Though trade was light, some analysts pinned part of the weakness on shifting fund positions, from the long side.
Live Cattle futures closed mostly narrowly mixed (from an average of 73¢ lower in three contracts to an average of 24¢ higher).
Except for 90¢ lower in spot Nov, Feeder Cattle futures closed narrowly mixed (25¢ lower to 15¢ higher).
Wholesale beef values were firm on Choice and sharply higher on Select, with light to moderate demand and offerings, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Choice boxed beef cutout value was 29¢ higher Monday afternoon at $213.76/cwt. Select was $2.28 higher at $201.11.