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Sun, Dec 9th, 2018
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Futures Market Commentary

Live cattle ended the Friday session with nearby contracts lower and back months slightly higher. Feeder cattle futures were within 20 cents on either side on UNCH in the front months. The CME feeder cattle index was down 85 cents on December 5 at $145.53. Wholesale beef prices were higher on Friday afternoon. Choice boxes were up $1.62 at $214.29, with the Select cutout value $2.28 higher at $200.50. USDA’s estimated weekly FI cattle slaughter through Saturday at 667,000 head, up 27,000 head from last week and 28,000 head larger than a year ago. Texas reported $119 cash trade late this afternoon, up $2 from last week. NE saw a few dressed sales @ $187. October beef exports were once again a monthly record 272.155 million lbs, 4.6% larger than last year’s Oct record number and up 5.1% from September. Weekly beef exports were shown at an 8-week high 18,373 MT.Dec 18 Cattle closed at $117.900, down $0.050,Feb 19 Cattle closed at $121.525, down $0.275,Apr 19 Cattle closed at $123.625, up $0.150,Jan 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $144.375, up $0.175Mar 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $141.875, down $0.075Apr 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $142.525, unch,--provided by Brugler Marketing & Management

Lean Hog futures were mostly 25 cents to $1.05 higher, with Dec held down by cash ahead of next week’s expiration. Dec was down 6.26% on the week, with Feb up 0.48%. The CME Lean Hog Index was down 21 cents from the previous day @ $56.19 on December 5. The USDA pork carcass cutout value was $1.51 higher on Friday afternoon at $73.63. The national base cash hog carcass value was up 48 cents on Friday afternoon to a weighted average of $47.89. USDA’s FI hog slaughter was estimated at 2.558 million head through Saturday. That was 27,000 head above last week and 17,000 head larger than last year. Pork exports during October totaled 501.944 million lbs according to Census data converted by USDA. That was a record for that month and 16.1% larger than last month. Weekly sales for pork in the week of 11/29 totaled 19,955 MT. Weekly export were at a MY high 27,884 MT.Dec 18 Hogs closed at $54.250, down $0.275,Feb 19 Hogs closed at $67.875, up $0.975Apr 19 Hogs closed at $72.325, up $1.050--provided by Brugler Marketing & Management
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