DTN Midday Livestock Comments 03/01 11:36
Lean Hogs are Back to Trading Fully Higher
Livestock futures are trading in completely opposite directions as the
cattle contracts can't muster up any support while the lean hog contracts take
the day in stride.
DTN Livestock Analyst
Cattle futures continue to trade unsupported and doggishly; traders aren't
willing to invest in the contracts until better fundamental support develops.
Lean hog futures continue to trade higher, taking the day in stride as both
higher pork cutout values and a strong cash hog market encourage the upward
push. May corn is down 8 3/4 cents per bushel and May soybean meal is down
$2.90. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 622.76 points and NASDAQ is up
Live cattle futures can finally see eye-to-eye with the April contract as
last week the February contract expired. April live cattle are down $0.80 at
$119.22, June live cattle are down $0.87 at $117.55 and August live cattle are
down $0.57 at $116.47. With last week's disappointing cash trade unable to
break above $114, morale throughout the live cattle sector has lessened.
Thankfully feedlots are relentless and are expected to price their cattle fully
higher again this week. With boxed beef prices being the second highest they've
ever been for this time, and live cattle prices being the lowest for late
February/early March in the last ten years, feedlots are sick and tired of
these prices and are going to demand the market pay dividends here shortly.
Thankfully the closer and closer the market gets to the second quarter, the
supplies of readily available fed cattle begin to dwindle, which will favor the
feedlots' position. Showlists this week are higher in Texas, but lower in
Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.
Boxed beef prices are higher: choice up $0.45 ($240.98) and select up $1.69
($231.42) with a movement of 35 loads (20.23 loads of choice, 5.80 loads of
select, zero loads of trim and 9.19 loads of ground beef).
As feeder cattle futures continue to feel pressure from a strong corn market
and the lack of packer interest in the cash cattle market, feeder cattle
contracts are left with few options but to trade lower. March feeders are down
$1.45 at $137.22, April feeders are down $1.37 at $141.20 and May feeders are
down $1.17 at $143.90. Until the market sees a surge in cash cattle prices,
cattle buyers' hands are tied as they can't afford to buy cattle high and then
sell them low with cost of gains being at or above $1.00 per day.
Following last week's weaker close, lean hog futures had a lot of eyes
watching their movement Monday morning as many wondered if the market's top was
finally in. But as the lean hog contracts have done time and time again since
the beginning of the year, the market trudged into this week's trade fully
higher, looking to take more if the market will support its ambition. April
lean hogs are up $1.40 at $88.55, June lean hogs are up $1.57 at $95.75 and
July lean hogs are up $0.97 at $95.52. Seeing that the market has grown to such
elevated levels, and that fundamental support has been hit or miss over the
last few trading days, leaves one to believe the market will be seeing a
correction sooner rather than later.
The projected CME Lean Hog Index for 2/26/2021 is up $1.20 at $81.90 and the
actual index for 2/25/2021 is up $0.75 at $80.70. Hog prices are higher on the
National Direct Morning Hog Report, up $0.68 with a weighted average of $77.96,
ranging from $73.00 to $84.00 on 4,678 head and a five-day rolling average of
$75.08. Pork cutouts total 151.88 loads with 125.69 loads of pork cuts and
26.19 loads of trim. Pork cutout values: up $1.51, $95.35.
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