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Live Cattle Feb '19 (LEG19)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and 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
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