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Cattle futures were sharply lower with some contracts off more than $2 today. Feeders also posted steep losses, with several contracts down $2 or more.The selling appeared to be profit taking ahead of the USDA Cattle on Feed report. The COF report had Oct. 1 cattle on feed at 99.5% of a year ago, just below the average of trade expectations.Placements were at 101% of a year ago, and marketings were 99.5%.The trade had been looking for about 102% and 99% respectively. Cash cattle trade developed at $170 in TX and NE, up as much as $6 from last week. Wholesale prices were lower today, with Choice off $2.02 and Select off 83 cents from the previous day. Estimated weekly slaughter including Saturday is 576K head, 11K larger than last week, but 43K head smaller than a year ago. YTD slaughter is off 7.1%.The weekly Commitment of Traders report from the CFTC showed managed money accounts taking a net 776 contracts out of their net long position, which now sits at 109,356 contracts.
Oct 14 Cattle closed at $168.250, down $0.800,
Dec 14 Cattle closed at $166.900, down $2.200,
Feb 15 Cattle closed at $166.550, down $2.300,
Oct 14 Feeder Cattle closed at $237.900, down $2.325
Nov 14 Feeder Cattle closed at $234.650, down $2.050
Jan 15 Feeder Cattle closed at $228.900, down $2.075