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DTN Midday Livestock Comments 06/22 12:15


DTN Midday Livestock Comments 06/22 12:15

Cattle Trade Stabilizes Late Friday Morning

Limited market activity has left cattle markets with very little reason to
spark additional wide-ranging market moves late in the week. Narrow moves in
cattle trade is being offset by strong pressure in the hog complex.

By Rick Kment
DTN Analyst


Light to moderate gains in cattle trade Friday morning are being offset by
pressure in the hog complex. The continued weakness in nearby and deferred lean
hog futures has sparked liquidation through the end of the week. Corn prices
are lower in light trade Tuesday. July corn futures are 1/4 cent lower. Stock
markets are mixed in light trade. The Dow Jones is 169 points higher while
Nasdaq is down 4 points.


Mixed trade is seen across live cattle futures with very limited trade
volume developing across the entire complex. This is keeping prices 35 cents
lower in June futures, while the rest of the complex his holding steady to 30
cents higher. There is increased uncertainty surrounding the lack of direction
in cash trade and mixed moves in beef values. Traders may continue to focus on
the ability to spark some early week interest with the upcoming Fourth of July
holiday hopefully sparking some renewed beef demand. Cash activity remains
generally quiet across most areas. There was limited trade reported in Texas at
$110 per cwt through the morning. This is generally $2 per cwt lower than last
week's trade average. Bids are seen at $108 to $110 live and $172 to $175
dressed. It may be after the cattle on feed report when active trade develops
in most areas. Asking prices are holding at $115 live and $183 dressed. Boxed
Beef cut-outs at midday are mixed, $2.32 higher (select) and down $0.30 per cwt
(choice) with light movement of 49 total loads reported (16 loads of choice
cuts, 14 loads of select cuts, no loads of trimmings, 19 loads of ground beef).


Narrow gains have continued to hold across feeder cattle futures with prices
seen 2 to 25 cents per cwt higher at midday. The overall lack of direction from
fundamental and technical factors continues to create some concerns through the
entire complex. Traders are looking for additional direction following the
cattle on feed report, but for now it is not expected that any major surprises
will develop in the market which would quickly adjust market direction early
next week.


Moderate to strong pressure is seen through lean hog futures with active
losses seen in front-month July contracts. This is pushing prices $1.25 per cwt
lower, and below $80 per cwt. The other nearby contracts are holding losses
near $1 per cwt which is adding overall pressure to the entire hog complex at
the end of the week. Cash prices are lower on the National Direct morning cash
hog report. The weighted average price is down $0.63 at $80.95 per cwt with the
range from $73.00 to $81.49 on 2,855 head reported sold. Cash prices are lower
on the Iowa/Minnesota Direct morning cash hog report. The weighted average
price is down $2.95 at $78.68 per cwt with the range from $74.00 to $81.00 on
402 head reported sold. The National Pork Plant Report posted 158 loads selling
with carcass values falling $0.19 per cwt. Lean hog index for 6/19 is at $85.14
up 1.09 with a projected two-day index of $85.79, up 0.65.

Rick Kment can be reached at


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