Commentary

Monday Market Sentiment: Fed cattle market bumps back up

After a downward trend the past few weeks, the 5-area cash trade has bumped back up, moving from $153.14 to 154.58 last week. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: 5-area cash trade slips

After taking a $5.00 hit in the previous week to $154.77, the 5-area cash trade has slipped further down to $153.14 last week. Our panel of cattle industry experts predicted the price to increase to $155.03. This week they predict the 5-area cash trade to settle at $153.36. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Oct.-April live cattle closed with gains Monday

Live cattle futures closed with triple digit gains in the Oct-Apr time frames on Monday and are trading no worse than mixed in early morning trade. FULL STORY »

Feedlot margins continue a three-week skid

Feedlot margins continue a three-week skid down $35.21 per head from the previous week to $162.67 per head for the week ending August 23, says the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker’s latest release. FULL STORY »

Cattle markets move past summer highs

About a year ago I wrote an article titled “Cattle markets move past summer lows.” The title of this article reflects how far we have come and serves as a reminder that the current cattle and beef market situation is the result of a market run that began over a year ago. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures closed sharply higher on Friday

Live cattle futures closed sharply higher on Friday, with Dec-Apr closing above 100 day moving average. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Review: Retailers prepare for Labor Day Play video

Cattle buyers turned a little cautious this week as good gains in the Live and Feeder cattle futures on Monday turned decisively lower on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, before recovering with solid gains on Friday after a very volatile couple of weeks of trading. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Record cattle prices, record consumer prices

This summer's record cattle prices have been made possible by record consumer prices. Retail prices for choice beef were record high during July for the sixth consecutive month. The average grocery store price for a pound of choice beef in July was $5.951. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Live cattle futures rallied Thursday

Live cattle futures rallied off of session lows to close mixed on Thursday, with the front three months higher and deferred contracts lower. FULL STORY »

The cure to record prices

I think all marketing economist have, at some point, been told the saying that nothing cures high prices like high prices. Many might argue that live and feeder cattle futures, and more recently cash feds and feeders, have been “cured”. FULL STORY »

Live cattle cash trade took shape on Wednesday

Live cattle futures settled sharply lower on Wednesday but well off of session lows. Cash trade started to take shape on Wednesday, with southern moderate southern trade at $152 and northern beef market mostly $242. FULL STORY »

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