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Here are the excerpts from this week's "Meat Markets Under a Microscope" report, by Kevin Bost.

December 4, 2018

While the beef market remains fairly well-balanced for the time being, it looks as though cutout values should be back-tracking over the next couple of weeks. Of greater consequence, though, is that the prospects for wholesale demand in January are not exactly “rosy”.
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Here are the excerpts from this week's "Trading Cattle...from a meat market perspective" report, by Kevin Bost.

December 10, 2018

Over the past month or so I have gradually raised my sights for the prospects of cattle prices in the second quarter, responding to better-than-expected demand readings of late and a reduction in placements this fall. [They were down 5% from a year earlier in September; down 6% in October; and my guess is that they were off another 6% in November.] Yet, the April and June contracts remain overly optimistic, and both have probably established their contract highs.
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Here are the excerpts from this week's "Trading Hogs...from a meat market perspective" report, by Kevin Bost.

December 10, 2018

Currently I have no commitment in the hog market, having let go of hold a long position in the February contract last week. My impetus for doing so was, quite simply, a breakdown of the CME Lean Hog Index into new lows for the move. I had assumed that it had bottomed after holding steady between $56.36 and $56.48 per cwt for five days. I estimate that the single-day Index for today’s kill lies just above $55.
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