Friday, October 7, 2022
The Sep unemployment rate stands at 3.5% and the U.S. economy created 263,000 jobs during Sep compared with expectations of 275,000. No matter how you slice it, no matter what the stock market does today, this information is bullish toward red meat demand. Open interest in hog futures dropped by over 3k yesterday on the sharply higher close. Yes, the bearish traders are running for and I’d expect this to continue today. Open interest declined in the first seven contracts, Oct through July. The front end is still way to discount to the CME lean hog index and the summer contracts don’t have nearly enough premium compared to the hog index. At one point this week the Jun hogs were nearly par with the index. Are you kidding me? Weekly export sales were robust with Mexico huge and China in for 10,100 MT. Is this a one-week wonder from China or is this the start of something new and different? The futures market action will answer this question. I’m bullish and expecting another strong performance today.
As I noted in the hog comments, the U.S. economy continues to create jobs and the unemployment rate resides near a 50-year low. This is bullish for meat demand. Open interest in LC futures was up 815 cars yesterday. OI in Oct was down nearly 1,700. Oct options expire today. There are nearly 3800 146 calls outstanding. Watch for some fireworks if the Oct rallies above 146 into the closing bell. The bull spreads are powerful strong confirming that cash steer prices are heading higher. Beef exports continue to rip. Beef exports during Aug were record high with record high tonnage going to China. Look for a choppy early trade likely followed with a higher close. I’m bullish.
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