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DTN Midday Livestock Comments          05/20 11:40

   Higher Corn prices Grab the Feeder Cattle Market's Attention

   The livestock complex isn't trading as robustly as it was late last week, 
but if consumer demand shines through again this week, traders could have a 
change of heart and continue to support the contracts.

ShayLe Stewart
DTN Livestock Analyst


   The livestock complex is seeing mixed interest heading into Monday's noon 
hour. The cattle complex would like to trade with the same gusto it possessed 
last week, but traders want to see followed through support before they eagerly 
advance the contracts any higher. July corn is up 8 1/4 cents per bushel and 
July soybean meal is up $3.90. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 13.85 


   The live cattle complex is trading mostly higher as the market continues to 
rally and thrive on the excellent support in which it came into last week. 
Between strong trader interest, higher boxed beef prices and cash cattle sales 
that were $2.00 to $5.00 higher than the previous week -- the market had little 
to be disappointed in. Thankfully that same positive energy has followed the 
complex into this new week and so long as beef demand remains strong -- the 
market should have little issue trading higher. June live cattle are up $0.47 
at $181.52, August live cattle are down $0.10 at $178.92 and October live 
cattle are up $0.27 at $182.22. New showlists appear to be mixed, higher in 
Kansas, somewhat lower in Nebraska, and lower in Texas.

   Throughout last week Southern live cattle traded at $186 which is $2.00 
higher than the previous week's weighted average and Northern dressed cattle 
traded at $300 which is $5.00 higher than the previous week's weighted average. 
Lat week's negotiated cash cattle trade totaled 93,719 head. Of that 67% 
(62,841 head) were committed to the nearby delivery, while the remaining 33% 
(30,878 head) were committed to the deferred delivery.

   Boxed beef prices are higher: choice up $0.80 ($314.25) and select up $3.95 
($301.35) with a movement of 48 loads (27.47 loads of choice, 9.64 loads of 
select, zero loads of trim and 10.85 loads of ground beef).


   Even though last week's market was extremely supportive and propelling for 
the feeder cattle complex, feeders are trading mostly lower into Monday's noon 
hour as they look for continued support as the market dances around its 100-day 
moving average. May feeders are up $0.45 at $247.17, August feeders are down 
$0.62 at $259.27 and September feeders are up $0.35 at $260.50. Not helping the 
complex is the fact that nearby corn prices are trading $0.07 higher. But if 
beef demand remains strong throughout the majority of the week, the market will 
likely rekindle its rallying nature.


   The lean hog complex is trading mixed heading into Monday's noon hour as the 
market sees modest support for its deferred contracts but continues to see it's 
summer 2024 contracts struggle as demand isn't expected to be as strong as had 
hoped for. June lean hogs are up $0.12 at $96.62, July lean hogs are down $0.10 
at $99.95 and August lean hogs are down $0.37 at $99.10. Packers must have 
ample supplies committed to them for this time as last week they vaguely 
supported the cash market and as of this morning they show little ambition in 
procuring hogs early in the week.

   The projected lean hog index is delayed from the source. Hog prices are 
unavailable on the Daily Direct Morning Hog Report due to confidentiality. 
However, we can see that only 170 head have traded, and that the market's 
five-day rolling average now sits at $89.50. Pork cutouts total 236.64 loads 
with 193.45 loads of pork cuts and 43.18 loads of trim. Pork cutout values: up 
$0.22, $100.49.

   ShayLe Stewart can be reached at



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