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DTN Midday Livestock Comments 03/21 12:03
Hog Markets Expand Gains
Sharp triple-digit gains have flooded into hog trade. This has expanded
contract highs in all nearby markets, allowing for further potential gains
through the end of the session.
By Rick Kment
Hog trade continues to be the story of the day with prices surging to
expanded trading limits through morning activity. This momentum in buyer
activity is expanding contract highs based on expected further demand. Cattle
markets are lightly traded with narrow gains holding live cattle futures steady
to firm Thursday morning. Corn futures are higher in sluggish trade. May corn
futures are 5 cents higher. Stock markets are higher in light trade. Dow Jones
is 145 points higher with Nasdaq up 73 points.
Limited activity has kept live cattle markets stable through the morning
with prices 10 to 30 cents per cwt higher at midday. Despite sharp triple digit
gains in lean hog trade and strong buyer support continuing across the feeder
cattle complex, live cattle traders remain reluctant to aggressively step back
into the market. With April futures nearing long term resistance levels of the
illusive $130 per cwt, traders continue to get cold feet when prices move near
this level. It is likely that additional bullish market news will need to
develop in order to spark active interest through nearby live cattle futures in
the near future. Cash cattle trade still remains a long way off, with active
trade likely to be pushed off until Friday. Given the release of the March 1
cattle on feed report Friday afternoon, trade may be delayed until after the
report release. A few token bids have finally developed in Nebraska at $204 per
cwt dressed basis. This is $6 per below asking prices, and unlikely to get any
attention at this point in the week. Asking prices remain at $130 to $132 per
cwt live and $210 dressed. Boxed Beef cut-outs at midday are higher, $0.54
higher (select) and up $0.18 per cwt (choice) with light movement of 53 total
loads reported (34 loads of choice cuts, 9 loads of select cuts, no loads of
trimmings, 11 loads of ground beef).
Moderate to firm support is developing in feeder cattle trade Thursday with
traders focusing on a combination of tighter supplies through the rest of the
year as well as overall beef demand expected to improve through the summer
months. May through October contracts are the most aggressively focused on
feeder cattle contracts, posting $1 per cwt gains through the morning. Although
no concrete numbers of cattle impacted from winter storms over the last two
months, or recent flooding is available, the expectation that losses will
affect overall supplies is creating market reactions.
Continued market support has flooded through lean hog trade with all nearby
contracts taking advantage of expanded trading limits through the Thursday
session. April futures are holding a $3.12 per cwt rally, moving near $77 per
cwt. This continues to set new contract highs for all nearby contracts. The
underlying support in the complex continues to spark some additional underlying
support through the entire complex with June through August setting sights on
$100-per-cwt price levels. The speed at which prices have moved higher is
starting to create concern, leaving the complex ripe for an aggressive market
correction. Cash prices are higher on the National Direct morning cash hog
report. The weighted average price added $0.64 at $61.90 per cwt with the range
from $55.00 to $65.00, on 3,821 head reported sold. Cash prices are unreported
due to confidentiality on the Iowa/Minnesota Direct morning cash hog report.
Pork values have regained market momentum with triple digit gains pushing
carcass prices sharply higher. Pork cutouts gained $2.33 per cwt at $76.38 per
cwt with 122 loads traded. Lean hog index for 3/19 is $59.22, up $1.68, with a
projected two-day index is $60.75, up $1.53.
Rick Kment can be reached at email@example.com
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May corn finished up ¼ of a cent, May beans up 2 cents, and May wheat up 8 1/4 cents. Dovish comments by the Fed were the biggest news around the trade today. The weaker dollar helped wheat find some more support that created some buying that spilled over into corn and beans. Headlines about a trade deal coming along nicely according to President Trump didn’t bring out buyers. The news is old and the market is tired of it. Today was the 7th consecutive day with no daily export sale announced and the bearish impact seemed to be limited due to the rally in wheat. According to Reuters the US producer has found some company in the Argentine farmer who is not marketing what is expected to be a 55MMT soybean crop because the Chicago board is too low. Managed money shorts, no export announcements, and delays regarding the trade deal are weighing on prices and farmers continue holding out for good (read bullish) news.