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by WLJ
2011 July 8
There are still expectations that beef demand going into the later half of July will weaken and that has the market reacting cautiously to any upside price advances. The full production week ahead should refill any beef supplies that moved through the pipeline prior to the Fourth of July holiday and domestic sales were about in line with
by WLJ
2011 July 1
The fed cattle trade last week was slow to get started as packers were looking at the expectation that beef prices were likely to drop after the Fourth of July holiday weekend. That kept the bulk of last week’s trade pending at midday last Thursday as feedlots held cattle back
by WLJ
2011 June 24
A see-saw week in the fed cattle markets pushed off the bulk of trade last week until very late, with the majority of the action looking to be postponed until Friday. The early light sales in the Corn Belt and Nebraska were reported at $178-180 dressed while some live cattle trades were reported at $110-111 at midday last
by WLJ
2011 June 16
Fed cattle trade was developing last Thursday in a full range of $107-109 live in the southern Plains. Northern trade, where volumes were still on the light side, was reported at $178 dressed at midday last Thursday. Those prices were $2-3 higher on the live cattle and dressed trade was $3 above the
by WLJ
2011 June 9
Fed cattle trade was fully developed by late last Wednesday. For the week, trade reversed its recent slide and moved $1-2 higher on live cattle in the southern Plains where cattle traded in a range of $105-106. Dressed trade in the northern tier was reported at $172-175, a level which was $3-4 higher than the
by WLJ
2011 June 3
Fed cattle traded steady last week after a hard sell-off in the futures markets pushed cattle feeders to the table to sell cattle last Wednesday. Live cattle in the southern Plains traded mostly steady to slightly firmer than the prior week at $104 while northern cattle feeders sold live
by WLJ
2011 May 27
Holiday weekend sales will be a significant factor in market direction. Fed cattle prices slipped further last week with trade in the southern Plains reported at $104, with some instances of $104.25, down mostly $4 from the previous week. Dressed sales in the south came at $165, down as much as $7 from the week before. In
by WLJ
2011 May 20
Fed cattle traded sharply lower again last week with trade in the southern Plains reported at $108 live and $172 dressed, prices which were down $4 from the prior week’s sales. In the North, live cattle traded at $109 live and $175-176 dressed, which was $8-9 lower than the prior week levels. Continued liquidation of contract positions by hedge
by WLJ
2011 May 13
Light fed cattle trade had developed by midday last Thursday with reports of $112 live trade in Kansas, with Texas and Oklahoma feed yards expected to follow at similar prices. Dressed trade in the North was also light with an expected range of $181-185 when full trade finally developed last week. Prices for the
by WLJ
2011 May 6
Fed cattle prices trended lower again last week in early trade, which was mostly complete by the end of the day Tuesday. Live cattle traded at $114 to $115 in the southern Plains, down $1-2 from the prior week’s action with most showlist cattle reportedly cleaned up. Meanwhile, in the North, dressed trade was reported at
by WLJ
2011 April 28
Cattle prices trended lower last week in very early trade, the bulk of which took place on Monday and Tuesday. Prices in the southern Plains were $2 lower than the prior week at mostly $117 live. In the north, light trade took place at $185-187 dressed basis, with a few reported as high as $189 in Nebraska
by WLJ
2011 April 22
Early fed cattle trade last week was reported on Wednesday with markets showing mostly steady results. Cattle in the central Plains sold at $119 live in Kansas, even with the prior week’s results, while Corn Belt trade came at $190 dressed basis, also steady with the week prior. Trade had yet to develop in Texas at midday
by WLJ
2011 April 15
Cash fed cattle trade was under pressure last week with prices expected to move lower than the prior week by perhaps as much as $3-5 when trade finally developed. At midday last Thursday, there was still little significant activity in the markets with packers bidding $117 for live cattle in the South while feedlots in the region were
by WLJ
2011 April 7
Fed cattle continued their win streak last week with additional gains of $2-3 over the prior week’s trade levels in the southern Plains. Cattle in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and western Nebraska traded at $123-124 live while Corn Belt trade was slow to develop last week. Analysts predicted that most cattle
by WLJ
2011 March 31
Fed cattle prices skyrocketed last week, gaining $7-8 from prior week levels to trade at $120-122 live basis in the southern Plains while trade in the north came in a range of $121-123 live and at $196-200 dressed. Trade developed last Wednesday with good volume trading hands at those higher levels as futures prices rose
by WLJ
2011 March 25
Fed cattle traded last Wednesday with good volumes reportedly changing hands in most feeding regions. In the Corn Belt, where supplies of market-ready fed cattle are short, prices started mostly steady with the previous week at $184-185 dressed with late trade moving as high as $188-190 before the action was
by WLJ
2011 March 18
Fed cattle trade sank last week on a widespread weakness which seeped into equity and commodity markets in the wake of the disaster in Japan and concerns about the U.S. economy. Last week’s futures trade was sharply lower, with a lower trend and two limit-lower days of trade shaving more than $6 off of
by WLJ
2011 March 11
Cash fed cattle prices surged higher again late last Wednesday with feedlots selling market-ready cattle at prices $5-6 higher than the prior week at $117-118 and $10-12 higher dressed basis at $188 to $190 with a few sales reported as high as $192 dressed. Sales volume on the midweek trade was good and at 93,000

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