DTN Early Word Livestock Comments 11/29 06:31
Uncertainty Surrounds Market
Cattle futures held well Friday despite some of the meltdown in equities and
other commodities. Strong cash kept traders hopeful demand will continue even
with the uncertainty of a new strain of COVID. Hog futures could not find any
support with continued lower cash and cutouts as well as concern over exports.
DTN Contributing Analyst
Cattle: Steady Futures: Mixed Live Equiv: $208.78 +$0.13*
Hogs: Steady Futures: Mixed Lean Equiv: $90.79 -$1.05**
*Based on formula estimating live cattle equivalent of gross packer revenue.
(The Live Cattle Equiv. Index has been updated to depict recent changes in live
cattle weights and grading percentages.)
** based on formula estimating lean hog equivalent of gross packer revenue
Holiday trading volume and the announcement of a new strain of COVID could
not overcome the bullishness of a large price increase for cash cattle. Rather
than packers holding back during the holiday-shortened week, they became more
aggressive, needing to purchase cattle for current slaughter as well as some
for futures delivery. Weekly export sales were 24% lower than the previous week
and down 6% from the four-week average, but traders were more interested in the
strength of cash and the prospect for higher cash again this week. The initial
anticipation is for higher cash but not to the extent of what was seen last
week. Boxed beef prices were mixed Friday with choice up $0.90 and select down
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