LIVESTOCK HIGHLIGHTS: Top Stories of the Day

Date : 11/08/2018 @ 5:50PM
Source : Dow Jones News

LIVESTOCK HIGHLIGHTS: Top Stories of the Day

TOP STORIES

 

Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Raw Turkey Grows -- Market Talk

14:15 ET - A salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey products is growing, according to the CDC. In its latest update, the agency said 164 people in 35 states have been sickened, including one person who died. The CDC has found the outbreak strain of salmonella in raw turkey pet food, live turkeys and raw turkey products, like ground turkey and turkey patties, but it hasn't yet identified a single, common supplier of the products. Federal health officials believe many people got sick preparing raw turkey products. They've found the strain in raw turkey samples from 22 slaughter facilities and seven processing establishments, indicating it may be prevalent in the turkey industry. (jesse.newman@wsj.com ; @jessenewman13)

 

STORIES OF INTEREST

 

Dean Foods Faces More Competition as Volume Slides -- Market Talk

11:50 ET - Jefferies lowers Dean Foods to hold from buy following the largest US milk producer's disappointing earnings and guidance cut Wednesday morning. "Competitive activity remains elevated, volume declines persist and [Dean] continues to lose share," Jefferies says, slashing its price target to $6 from $13. Credit Suisse also takes action, slashing its price target to $4 from $7. Dean trades close to flat Thursday at $6.01 after plummeting 22% to a 21-year low Wednesday. (heather.haddon@wsj.com; @heatherhaddon)

 

Hain Sales, Profit Margin Disappoint -- Market Talk

10:01 ET - Hain Celestial said its sales fell 5% to $560.8M in the latest quarter, partly because of low-margin items it discontinued and foreign currency fluctuations, and because of declining sales of some of its packaged foods and snacks in the US. Hain's gross margin also slipped as commodity and freight costs rose and it spent more money on promotions in stores. Hain didn't say whether it will raise its prices to cover the expenses, which leaves Wall Street wondering if it will follow the lead of is peers in doing so or buck the trend. Shares down 11%. (Annie.gasparro@wsj.com)

 

Corn Falls as USDA Cuts Export Outlook -- Market Talk

12:33 ET - Corn is in the red after the USDA trims its harvest forecast but also predicts greater world export competition cutting into US shipments. The USDA says it expects farmers to harvest 14.63B bushels of the grain this fall, which is lower than the government's October projection and analyst estimates. But grain prices fall as the agency also prunes its export projection by 25M bushels this season, citing increased competition from Ukraine. The reduced export outlook comes as US farmers are expected to boost corn plantings next year thanks to low expected returns on soybeans. CBOT December corn down 1.5% to $3.66 3/4 a bushel. (jesse.newman@wsj.com; @jessenewman13)

 

FUTURES MARKETS

 

Livestock Futures End Higher -- Market Talk

15:21 ET - CME lean hog futures rise 0.2% to 55.625 cents a pound, as cash prices are called lower Thursday. Meanwhile, live cattle futures rise 0.4% as packer margins remain profitable. "Winter weather appears to be developing into a supportive factor...It appears we're embarking upon a tough winter for feeding cattle," says Dennis Smith of Archer Financial Services. (francesca.fontana@wsj.com; @francescamarief)

 

CASH MARKETS

 
Zumbrota, Minn., Hog Market Nov 8 
 

Barrow and gilt prices at the Zumbrota, Minn., livestock market are $2.00 lower at $35.00 per hundredweight.

Sow prices are steady. Sows weighing 400-450 pounds are at $36.00-$37.00, 450-500 pounds are $36.00-$37.00 and those over 500 pounds are at $39.00-$41.00.

The day's total run is estimated at 100 head.

Prices are provided by the Central Livestock Association.

 
Estimated U.S. Pork Packer Margin Index - Nov 8 
 
All figures are on a per-head basis. 
 
Date     Standard Margin       Estimated margin 
         Operating Index         at vertically - 
                             integrated operations 
                                      * 
Nov  8       +$ 29.56            +$ 17.57 
Nov  7       +$ 31.18            +$ 20.86 
Nov  6       +$ 30.59            +$ 22.93 
 
* Based on Iowa State University's latest estimated cost of production. 
A positive number indicates a processing margin above the cost of production of the animals. 
 
Beef-O-Meter 
This report compares the USDA's latest beef carcass composite 
values as a percentage of their respective year-ago prices. 
 
                                 Beef 
          For Today             Choice  101.6 
      (Percent of Year-Ago)     Select  100.4 
 
USDA Boxed Beef, Pork Reports 
 

Wholesale choice-grade beef prices Thursday fell $2.15 per hundred pounds, to $216.07, according to the USDA. Select-grade prices fell $2.66 per hundred pounds, to $199.11. The total load count was 128. Wholesale pork prices fell $1.53, to $69.91 a hundred pounds, based on Omaha, Neb., price quotes.

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

November 08, 2018 17:35 ET (22:35 GMT)

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