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Live Cattle Feb '19 (LEG19)

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cmdty Insider - Live Cattle Market Commentary


Live cattle futures were mixed on Friday, with front months higher and deferred contracts lower. Feeder cattle futures were down 15 cents to $1.325, with Jan up 1.89% on the week. The CME feeder cattle index was down $1.10 on November 15 at $147.83. Wholesale boxed beef prices were lower on Friday afternoon. Choice boxes were down 64 cents at $212.91, with the Select cutout value a penny lower at $197.57. USDA estimated FI cattle slaughter WTD through Saturday @ 641,000 head. That is 1,000 above the previous week and even with the same week last year. Cash cattle trade wound up around $114 in most regions on Friday, with a few dressed sales of $178 reported in NE. Export sales of beef in the week that ended on 11/8 were tallied at 13,594 MT this morning, with weekly shipments at 17,043 MT. The large spec funds in live cattle futures and options trimmed 8,707 contracts from their CFTC net long position of 54,421 contracts as of Tuesday. In feeder cattle futures and options, they held the largest recorded net short position on record on 11/13 at -4,823 contracts.Dec 18 Cattle closed at $115.350, up $0.200,Feb 19 Cattle closed at $119.725, up $0.625,Apr 19 Cattle closed at $121.550, up $0.600,Jan 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $146.525, down $1.325Mar 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $143.975, down $0.575Apr 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $144.325, down $0.675--provided by Brugler Marketing & Management
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