Live Cattle (Pit) Futures Market News and Commentary
Live cattle limited the week’s draw down with a triple digit gain of as much as 2% on Friday. Feb fats were up by $3.20 for the day, but still down by $3.40 for the week. There have been no Dec cattle deliveries issued, with the oldest long listed as 7/15. There were a few $166-$168 sales reported on Friday, but USDA maintained the bulk of sales for the week was near $171. Feeder cattle futures closed up by 2.3% on Friday, flipping the board to a net gain for the weekly move. Jan feeders closed 87 cents above last Friday. The CME Feeder Cattle Index was $220.04 on 12/07, another $2.22 weaker.
CFTC’s weekly Commitment of Traders report had cattle spec traders taking closing longs for an 8.7k weaker net long of 27.7k contracts on 12/5. The spec traders had extended their net short in feeder cattle by 634 contracts to 1,247 via net new selling.
Friday afternoon’s boxed beef report showed Choice boxes were $288.01, down by $1.83, and Select boxes were $257.90, down by 93 c... Read more