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Fri, Feb 22nd, 2019
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Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Market News and Commentary

Live cattle futures closed steady to $1.05 higher on Friday. Feeder cattle futures were mixed with front months down 2.5 to 32.5 cents. The CME feeder cattle index was up 20 cents on February 21 at $141.31. Wholesale boxed beef prices were higher on Friday afternoon, widening the Ch/Select spread to $7.04. Choice boxes were up $1.32 at $219.39 with Select 94 cents higher at $212.35. USDA estimated the weekly FI cattle slaughter at 577,000 head through Saturday. That was down 19,000 head from last week but 2,000 above than the same week last year. The delayed January Cattle on Feed report showed Jan 1 on feed at 11.69 million head, up 1.75% from last year. December placements were down 1.78% at 1.767 million head, with marketings 0.63% lower than last year at 1.741 million head. Frozen stocks of beef were down 3.71% from November at 495.624 million head, which was 1.55% larger than the previous year. Cash cattle bids were shown at $126 late on Friday afternoon.Feb 19 Cattle closed at $128.675, up $1.050,Apr 19 Cattle closed at $128.875, up $0.275,Jun 19 Cattle closed at $119.475, up $0.225,Mar 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $142.900, down $0.325Apr 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $145.300, down $0.225May 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $146.850, down $0.025--provided by Brugler Marketing & Management
Lean Hogs Market News and Commentary

Lean Hog futures were mixed on Friday, with front months 32.5 to 50 cents lower and back months higher. April was down 6.85% on the week. The CME Lean Hog Index was down 7 cents from the previous day @ $54.06 on February 20. The USDA pork carcass cutout value was down $2.22 on Friday afternoon at an average weighted price of $59.01. The rib was the only primal reported higher, with the belly down $9.21. The national base cash hog carcass value was up 42 cents in the PM report, with a weighted average of $46.76. USDA estimated weekly FI hog slaughter at 2.512 million head through Saturday. That was down 2,000 head from the previous week but well above the same week last year. Accumulated pork export sales for the weeks of 1/10-2/14 were 122,900 MT, averaging 20,483 MT/week. China was both buying and shipping. Pork stocks in the freezer at the end of December were reported at 505.287 million pounds this afternoon. That was slightly lower than the previous month but up 3.11% from last year. China’s Ag ministry reported January sow numbers were down 15% from last year, with total inventory numbers down 13%.Apr 19 Hogs closed at $55.450, down $0.500,May 19 Hogs closed at $65.475, down $0.325Jun 19 Hogs closed at $75.900, up $0.225--provided by Brugler Marketing & Management
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