ANALYSIS - The latest USDA Cattle-on-Feed report is being called mildly bullish for cattle futures markets.
The report, which was delayed from earlier this month, showed cattle on feed at 92 per cent of levels seen one year ago, which is slightly below trade expectations. Cattle marketings, at 106 per cent of year-ago levels was also were deemed positive. Placement of cattle on feed were slightly above trade expectations, at 101 per cent of year-ago.
While the latest cattle-on-feed report is likely to support live cattle futures Friday, focus is on the U.S. cash cattle market, which has traded at record-high levels the past couple weeks.
Meantime, USDA's Cold Storage report Thursday afternoon is deemed bearish for cattle futures and neutral for lean hog futures.
Frozen beef stocks at the end of September were 445.047 million pounds, which is around 13 million pounds higher than traders expected. End-September frozen pork stocks were at 566.367 million pounds, which is slightly above the average trade guess.
However, total U.S. pork stocks were 10 per cent lower than year-ago levels at the end of September.
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