Commentary

Feeder Cattle Review: Market still has a lot of optimism

Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves traded weak to 5.00 lower with spots 10.00 lower. Last week’s limit losses on Thursday and Friday in the live and feeder cattle pits spilled over into this week. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures closed mixed on Thursday

Live cattle futures reversed early weakness to close moderately to sharply higher on Thursday. Cash trade was $155-$156 in Kansas and Nebraska, well below week ago levels but much higher than current futures market prices. FULL STORY »

Feedlot margins and fed cattle prices weaken

Feedlot lot margins took a steep hit, just shy of $70.00 per head last week, dropping margins from the previous week’s $354.40 per head price to $284.85 per head for the week ending August 9, says the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker’s latest report. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures settled sharply lower Tues.

Feeder cattle futures settled sharply lower on Tuesday, with more than 2.50 losses in most contracts. FULL STORY »

Monday Market Sentiment: Fed cattle prices continue two-week fall

After tipping record highs, fed cattle prices have continued a two-week fall, dropping the 5-area cash price from $162.79 to $159.94. Speculations attribute this to Russia’s announcement of banning beef trade and other agricultural commodities with the U.S. for one year. However, if that is the case, the ban is projected to have little lasting impact to the market. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Review: Russia's import ban trips runaway market Play video

Stocker cattle and calves sold firm to 5.00 higher with renewed grazing interests after recent rains in the central portions of the US. Russia’s midweek decision to ban all food imports from the United States, stemming from the sanctions imposed over the crisis in the Ukraine, sent CME cattle futures limit-down on Thursday and Friday. FULL STORY »

In The Cattle Markets: Second quarter gross domestic product

Last week, cash fed cattle trade was slow to develop. There were few negotiated transactions before Friday, and even then, business was on the light side. Cattle that did trade hands brought prices that were close to steady with the prior week. FULL STORY »

Schwieterman: Feeder cattle futures post triple digit losses Fri.

Feeder cattle futures posted triple digit losses in all 2014 contracts except the August on Friday. FULL STORY »

Feedlot margins come back with a vengeance

After taking a $22 hit for the week ending July 19, feedlot margins came back with a vengeance tipping $357.58 for the week ending July 26, says the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker’s latest report. FULL STORY »

Feeder Cattle Review: Bullish cattle-on-feed report fuels fire Play video

Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves sold 3.00-8.00 higher with the full advance on yearlings which were actually higher than two weeks ago and ended up gaining ground through last week’s knee-jerk correction. FULL STORY »

Cattle Outlook: Fed cattle prices set new records

Fed cattle prices set new records this week on heavy volume. Through Thursday, the 5-area average price for slaughter steers sold on a live weight basis was $162.86/cwt, up $6.84 from last week's average. FULL STORY »

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