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DTN Midday Livestock Comments          02/25 12:01

   Livestock Contracts Trade Mixed into Noon Hour 

   Traders seem to be testing the waters as some livestock contracts cautiously 
trade higher.  

By ShayLe Stewart
DTN Livestock Analyst

General Comments

   Seeing that some livestock contracts are still trading slightly higher into 
the noon hour solidifies the fact that Monday's move was overdone. The 
coronavirus needs to be carefully monitored but as humans we often tend to 
react before we know the facts which comes at the market's expense. March corn 
is steady and May soybean meal is steady. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is 
down 386.72 points and NASDAQ is down 104.28 points. 


   Live cattle contracts trade lower in nearby contracts and higher in deferred 
as the noon hour approaches. April live cattle are down $1.27 at $115.72, May 
live cattle are down $1.12 at $114.12 and June live cattle are down $0.67 at 
$106.70. The support for the live cattle market was weak before the Monday's 
run lower and it's apparent that the market is having a harder time regaining 
support and confidence from traders as the market cautiously picks few 
contracts to trade higher while the feeder cattle contracts and lean hog 
contracts are more bold in their moves. 

   Cash cattle trade has yet to really transpire as there are just a few 
scattered bids on the table in parts of Nebraska while the rest of country is 
quiet. A few asking prices are being reported in the North at $190 plus. There 
are 755 head of fats consigned to Wednesday's Fed Cattle Exchanged with four 
lots from Kansas (two with one-to-nine-day delivery, and the other two with 
one-to-seventeen day delivery) and the fifth lot from Texas with one-to-nine 
day delivery. 

   Boxed beef prices are mixed: choice up $0.20 ($207.27) and select down $0.52 
($201.85) with a movement of 68 loads (33.52 loads of choice, 14.77 loads of 
select, zero loads of trim and 19.62 loads of ground beef). 


   Feeder cattle contracts are evenly split going into the noon hour with 
traders mildly interested. March feeders are up $0.47 at $136.50, April feeders 
are down $0.65 at $136.90 and May feeders are down $0.35 at $138.00. Though the 
market is trading higher in some instances, there's still an underlying tone of 
uncertainty and skittishness.


   The lean hog market is having the best come back as most of the complex 
trades higher and is being encouraged by a stronger cash market. April lean 
hogs are up $0.70 at $65.32, June lean hogs are $0.07 at $80.02 and July lean 
hogs are down $0.07 at $81.20. Out of the livestock markets, the lean hog 
market sits most confidently as time rolls into the noon hour. 

   The two-day lean hog index for 2/21/2020 is up $0.04 at $55.91, and the 
actual index for 2/20/2020 is up $0.09 at $55.87. Hog prices are higher on the 
National Direct Morning Hog Report, up $0.92 with a weighted average of $49.63, 
ranging from $45.00 to $51.00 on 4,436 head sold and five-day rolling average 
of $49.77. Pork cutouts total 250.74 loads with 235.87 loads of pork cuts and 
14.86 loads of trim. Pork cutout values: down $0.44, $65.88. 

   ShayLe Stewart can be reached 


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