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Live Cattle Feb '19 (LEG19)

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Live Cattle Futures Market News and Commentary

Cattle Market News and Commentary

Live cattle futures saw 45 cent to $1.025 gains in the nearby contracts on Tuesday. Feeder cattle futures were up 60 cents to $1.025 on the day. The CME feeder cattle index was down 65 cents on December 17 at $145.55. Wholesale beef prices were higher on Tuesday afternoon. Choice boxes were up a penny at $212.68, with the Select cutout value 97 cents higher at $204.73. USDA estimated FI cattle slaughter at 120,000 head on Tuesday. That brought the WTD total to 228,000 head, 13,000 below last week and 9,000 head fewer than the same week last year. Wednesday’s FCE online auction shows just 255 head for sale, all from KS. Analysts estimate that the December 1 cattle on feed number will be tallied at 11.3724 million head on Thursday, up 1.8% from a year ago.Dec 18 Cattle closed at $119.775, up $0.750,Feb 19 Cattle closed at $122.575, up $1.025,Apr 19 Cattle closed at $124.600, up $0.750,Jan 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $146.200, up $0.825Mar 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $144.300, up $0.975Apr 19 Feeder Cattle closed at $144.950, up $0.850--provided by Brugler Marketing & Management
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