Demand vs. Supply. Coronavirus continues. THIS WEEK’S WEATHER IN THE HARD RED WHEAT BELT REMAINING DROUGHT-STRICKEN FOR WESTERN & WEST-CENTRAL KANSAS, THE ACREAGE REPORT TODAY BEING UPDATED, & THE FRENCH WHEAT CROP CONDITIONS, WHEAT REMAINS OUR MAJOR PRICE-LEADER FOR FUNDAMENTALLY-RELATED/CURRENCY-RELATED SHORT-COVERING A bright spot is the cattle market.
Cattle didn’t hold the open that started the day. Cash market has a chance to be better. Walmart raising beef & slaughter…not expected to drive near term change to the cattle industry. Hogs see failure once again with bird flu added to the list. Grains closed higher…should be worth something. China asking for patience with Phase One implementation. Basis continues to hold strong. Stock market takes a jump.
Quiet start with the livestock. Tone of the beef is just okay…macro’s have Brad concerned just a bit. Cash cattle. Average weights are disturbing. Year on year comparisons come in higher. Is the market tired for the cattle? Hogs continue to torment. New virus in China-how is that going to affect the markets & heading into the Chinese New Year Celebration. Beans took it in the shorts-is it weather in South America, corn did better but problems talked about it in a variety including wheat.
Crazy week of reports. From the January 10th report, Phase One, USMCA…but still beans had a rough week. Shows volatility & one needs to be prepared. Last 60 days we have been in a tight range. Ethanol margins remain tight…China even mentioned ethanol in Phase One. South American weather & current harvest. Hogs could see the boost from the trade deals. There is money to be made in the cattle market right now.