Livestock Report

Ben DiCostanzo General Commentary

Walsh Trading Daily Insights


January Feeder Cattle failed to overcome resistance at 182.70, making the high at 182.50 during the opening and then breaking down to close the gap created from the higher Monday open from Friday. The low of the session was right at Friday’s high (181.20) closing the gap. Bulls didn’t come back into the market and price spent the rest of the session consolidating. It settled at 181.675. The excitement didn’t last from the Cattle on Feed report and price couldn’t take advantage of Corn’s inability to rally, as it stayed in the lower of its range. With the Thanksgiving holiday looming, traders must be day-dreaming about eating turkey. A failure from the low could see price test support at 180.625 support. Support then comes in at the rising 100-DMA now at 180.30. If resistance at 182.70 is taken out, a test of resistance at 184.375 is likely. Resistance then comes in at 185.80.

The Feeder Cattle Index was unchanged and is at 174.64 as of 11/21/2022.

February Live Cattle came within a tick of closing its Friday to Monday gap; making the low at 156.15 as lack of interest in the cash market (no trades so far) put a damper on the rally. The high was at 156.80 and settlement came in at 156.425. The Tuesday high was lower than Monday’s high as traders wait for something to happen in the cash market. Settlement was above the key level at 156.30 and if price can hold settlement, we could test the high and then move towards resistance at 157.25. Resistance then comes in at 159.075.  A breakdown below the gap could see support tested at 155.10. Support then comes in at the rising 8-DMA now at 154.65.

Boxed beef cutouts were higher as choice cutouts increased 1.06 to 256.63 and select increased 0.95 to 234.18. The choice/ select spread widened and is at 22.45 and the load count was 157.

Tuesday’s estimated slaughter is 129,000, which is even with last week and above last year’s 124,000. The estimated total for the week (so Far) is 257,000, which is even with last week and above last year’s 246,000.

The USDA report LM_Ct131 states: Thus far for Tuesday negotiated cash trading has been at a standstill in the Southern Plains and Nebraska. In the Western Cornbelt negotiated cash trading has been mostly inactive on very light demand. Not enough purchase for an adequate market test. The latest established market in any feeding region was last week. In the Texas Panhandle live purchases traded at 150.00. In Kansas live purchases traded from 150.00-152.00. In Nebraska live purchases traded from 153.00-155.00 with dressed purchases at 242.00. In the Western Cornbelt, live purchases traded from 152.00- 155.00 and dressed purchases at 242.00. The USDA is indicating no cash trades for live cattle and on a dressed basis (so far).

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