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DTN Midday Livestock Comments          11/15 12:03

   Livestock Contracts Trade Mixed at Noon Hour 

   Checked out, headed for Hawaii. No Cabo. No Cancun ... Livestock markets 
have little consensus as to where the market needs to be trading. 

By ShayLe Stewart
DTN Livestock Analyst

General Comments

   Across the three livestock markets there is little consensus as to where 
things are headed -- lean hog contracts are mostly lower; feeder cattle 
contracts are mostly higher and live cattle contracts are mostly steady to 
slightly lower. December corn is down 4 cents per bushel and December soybean 
meal is up $3.80. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 153.26 points and 
NASDAQ is up 54.45 points. 


   It's been a quiet morning in the live cattle sector as the board trades 
slightly lower and cash cattle deals haven't been popping up. December live 
cattle are down $0.17 at $118.90, February live cattle are down $0.12 at 
$124.80 and April live cattle are down $0.15 at 125.95. Significant trade could 
be done for the week though it wouldn't be unlikely to see some deals still 
trickle in throughout the afternoon. Asking prices on cattle left on showlists 
are $116 to $117 in the South, and $184-plus on cattle in the North. 

   The Fed Cattle Exchange held a Friday sale offering 1,264 head, with three 
lots in Nebraska, two lots in Kansas, and one lot in Texas. Asking prices were 
at $115, but no sales were reported.

   Midday boxed beef cutouts are mixed: choice up $0.52 ($241.58) and select 
down $0.77 ($215.07) with a slim movement of 45 loads (23.26 loads of choice, 
11.44 loads of select, 5.47 loads of grim and 5.31 loads of ground beef). 


   Except for the spot November contract, feeder cattle markets are trying to 
rally $0.50 or more and close Friday on a positive note. November feeder cattle 
are down $0.20 at $146.42, January feeders are up $0.65 at $144.70 and March 
feeders are up $0.55 at $144.62. Given that most of the feeder cattle market is 
pushing for higher prices, Friday's closing may be in luck to end the week on a 
positive note.


   Lean hog contracts aren't interested in trading higher anytime soon. The 
entire complex whittles away except to the spot December contracts that is 
support with some positivity. December lean hogs are up $0.42 at $63.17, 
February lean hogs are down $1.40 at $71.97 and April lean hogs are down $1.80 
at $78.50. Given that most of the complex is reluctant to trading higher, the 
day's tone is probably set for the lean hog market. 

   The projected lean hog index for 11/14/19 is up $0.01 at $59.51 and the 
actual index for 11/13/19 is down $0.05 at $59.50. Hog prices are higher on the 
National Direct Morning Hog Report, up $0.63 with a weighted average of $42.82, 
ranging from $40.00 to $44.00 on 4,111 head sold and a five-day rolling average 
of $42.63. Pork cutouts totaled 182.19 loads with 160.34 loads of pork cuts and 
21.85 loads of trim. Pork cutout values spiked $3.08 to $90.12. 

   ShayLe Stewart can be reached 


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