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DTN Midday Livestock Comments          07/26 11:52

   Cattle Soak Up Fundamental Support 

   The cattle contracts are rallying amid excellent fundamental support. 

ShayLe Stewart
DTN Livestock Analyst


   It's been an exciting Monday for the cattle contracts as the market frolics 
in superb fundamental support. Meanwhile, the lean hog market needs to see 
follow-through support from consumers in order to trade higher and, 
unfortunately, hasn't been able to draw much attention from traders as the 
cattle contracts earn all the attention. December corn is up 1 1/2 cents per 
bushel and December soybean meal is down $0.40. The Dow Jones Industrial 
Average is up 20.89 points and NASDAQ is down 15.23 points.


   Live cattle futures are rallying as the market feels extremely confident in 
its long-term fundamental windshield. With both Friday's Cattle on Feed report 
and the bi-annual Cattle Inventory report showing bullish figures, the market 
has every reason to be optimistic. August live cattle are up $1.82 at $123.32, 
October live cattle are up $1.92 at $129.07 and December live cattle are up 
$1.55 at $133.85. Boxed beef prices saw support creep into their lower-waning 
market late last week and to Monday's surprise, both choice and select cuts are 
trending higher again. The market will eventually see some pressure creep back 
into the sector as prices are still incredibly high compared to where historic 
figures comfortably run, but with Labor Day not that far away buyers are 
securing inventory. New showlists appear to be somewhat higher in Texas, higher 
in Kansas but lower in Nebraska/Colorado.

   Last week's negotiated cash cattle trade totaled 76,804 head. Of that, 73% 
(56,040 head) were bought for nearby delivery while the remaining 27% (20,764 
head) were bought with delivery for the following 15 to 30 days.

   Boxed beef prices are higher: choice up $0.98 ($267.61) and select up $0.37 
($250.31) with movement of 51 loads (35.71 loads of choice, 11.07 loads of 
select, zero loads of trim and 3.77 loads of ground beef).


   Following last week's exciting close, feeder cattle futures have jumped 
headfirst into Monday's trade full of ambition and hopefulness that the market 
support will sustain. August feeders are up $1.92 at $162.00, September feeders 
are up $2.10 at $164.62 and October feeders are up $1.70 at $166.20. The corn 
market has traded cautiously all day and so long as corn continues to trade 
mostly steady, the feeder cattle market shouldn't have any issues keeping its 
momentum primed through Monday's close. Looking at the August contract, 
specifically, with Friday closing right above the $160.00 resistance, we knew 
the market was going to be pressured to once again prove the contract could 
trade above $160; thus, seeing $162.00 currently being tested shows how much 
support backs the complex.


   The lean hog market has had a tough time drawing the interest of traders 
Monday morning as livestock excitement flutters around the cattle contracts. 
But as we near the noon hour, the nearby contracts are seeing some modest 
support creep in and, if the day shows strong fundamentals at closing, the 
market could see more support in Tuesday's trade. Largely, the lean hog market 
wants to see strong follow-through demand from consumers. Any export hype will 
gladly be taken, but with domestic demand being as robust as it is and with 
supplies being so thin, focusing on U.S. consumers' needs is just as important 
at this point. August lean hogs are up $0.17 at $107.52, October lean hogs are 
up $0.32 at $92.95 and December lean hogs are down $0.02 at $85.55.

   The projected CME Lean Hog Index for 7/22/2021 is down $0.04 at $112.21, and 
the actual index for 7/21/2021 is down $0.09 at $112.25. There are no 
comparisons on the National Direct Morning Hog Report, but 3,670 head and have 
been with a weighted average of $103.57, ranging from $103.00 to $108.00 and a 
five-day rolling average of $105.55. Pork cutouts total 148.80 loads with 
139.20 loads of pork cuts and 9.60 loads of trim. Pork cutout values: up $5.20, 

   ShayLe Stewart can be reached at shayle.stewart@dtn.com

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