Cattle
BRUG - Mon Aug 21, 7:27AM CDT

Live cattle futures settled mixed Friday as nearby contracts were lower and back months higher. Aug lost 3.05% on the week, as cash trade was weaker. Feeder cattle futures were mixed as well with Aug up 2.5 cents and other front months lower. The CME feeder cattle index was 36 cents higher than the previous day at $144.80 for August 17. Wholesale beef prices were lower again in the Friday afternoon report, with choice down $1.34 at $194.29 and select boxes $1.70 lower at $192.50. The CH/SE spread is now at $1.70. Cash sales of $110-$110.50 were reported across most regions last week, down $5 from the previous week. Weekly FI cattle slaughter was estimated at 634,000 head, 7,000 fewer than the previous week but 32,000 larger than the same week last year. The Commitments of Traders report showed managed money a little more aggressive in getting out of their net long position in live cattle futures and options this week. They lowered that position by 13,593 contracts to +81,175 as of Tuesday.




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