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LIVESTOCK HIGHLIGHTS: Top Stories of the Day

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11/08/2019 | 05:41pm EST

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Plant-Based Meat Market to Reach $50B by 2025: UBS -- Market Talk

1144 GMT - The plant-based meat market will reach an estimated $50 billion by 2025, or 2.5% penetration of total global meat consumption from below 1% today, UBS says. Further, UBS expects that plant-based meat consumption will grow by 31% through 2025, compared with 0.9% for animal meat. Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are the best pure-play companies on the market, UBS says, but Conagra, Kellogg and Nomad Foods are also well-positioned to benefit from the growing market. (dieter.holger@wsj.com; @dieterholger)

McDonald's Started Investigation of CEO's Relationship With Employee Three Weeks Ago

McDonald's Corp., which fired its chief executive last week over a consensual relationship with a female employee, first learned of the matter roughly three weeks ago, according to people familiar with the matter.

After an internal investigation, the company's general counsel, Jerry Krulewitch, informed the burger giant's board of the matter, the people said. The board hired New York City law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to assess the legal risk from the relationship, the people said. Mr. Krulewitch didn't respond to a request for comment. Wachtell didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

STORIES OF INTEREST

Trump Says U.S. Hasn't Yet Agreed to Roll Back Tariffs as Part of China Trade Deal

WASHINGTON -- President Trump on Friday disputed China's assertion that the two countries had agreed to roll back tariffs as part of an interim trade accord, but he also said progress was being made toward resolving the long-running trade war.

"I haven't agreed to anything," Trump told reporters at the White House. "But we're getting along very well with China. They want to make a deal. Frankly, they want to make a deal a lot more than I do."

USDA Recalls 130,464 Pounds Of Ground Beef That May Contain Plastic -- MarketWatch

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is recalling 130,464 points of raw ground beef produced by privately held New Jersey-based Rastelli Foods Group because it may be contaminated with plastic, the department's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Thursday. The recall is of 16-oz vacuum sealed packages of Nature's Ranchers 100% Grass Fed Organic Ground Beef that was produced from Oct. 3 through Oct. 15. There have been no reports of adverse reactions from consumers but the USDA said it had received complaints through a hotline. The products were sent to distribution centers and retail outlets in Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois and Maryland. Arkansas-based Simmons Prepared Foods Inc . had to recall more than two million pounds of poultry this week that they fear could be contaminated with metal.

-Ciara Linnane

FUTURES MARKETS

Livestock Finish Week a Mixed Bag -- Market Talk

15:41 ET - Hog futures on the CME finish 0.3% lower at 64.125 cents per pound, while live cattle futures finish 0.2% higher at $1.19250 per pound. For cattle, managed money interest continues to buoy the contract, but it will likely start to correct in the next week or two. "The back-month contracts could start seeing some pressure since there is a huge premium on futures to the cash market, making producers consider increasing weights and higher production," says Peter McGinn of RJO Futures. (kirk.maltais@wsj.com; @kirkmaltais)

CASH MARKETS

 
Estimated U.S. Pork Packer Margin Index - Nov 8 
 
Source: USDA, based on Wall Street Journal calculations 
All figures are on a per-head basis. 
 
Date     Standard Margin       Estimated margin 
        Operating Index         at vertically - 
                             integrated operations 
 
Nov 8        +$ 78.05            +$ 45.57 
Nov 7        +$ 73.55            +$ 42.56 
Nov 6        +$ 72.18            +$ 42.28 
 
* 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  110.7 
      (Percent of Year-Ago)     Select  107.1 
 
USDA Boxed Beef, Pork Reports 

Wholesale choice-grade beef prices Friday rose 83 cents per hundred pounds, to $239.12, according to the USDA. Select-grade prices rose 24 cents per hundred pounds, to $213.26. The total load count was 121. Wholesale pork prices rose $1.40, to $81.60 a hundred pounds, based on Omaha, Neb., price quotes.

Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
FEEDER CATTLE?FUTURES (GF) - CMG (ELECTRONIC)/C1 0.00% 146.6 End-of-day quote.-1.51%
KELLOGG COMPANY 0.09% 65.38 Delayed Quote.14.68%
LIVE CATTLE (LE) - CMG (ELECTRONIC)/C1 0.04% 119.35 End-of-day quote.-4.41%
MCDONALD'S CORPORATION 0.36% 194.13 Delayed Quote.9.33%
NOMAD FOODS LIMITED 0.78% 20.72 Delayed Quote.23.92%
UBS GROUP -0.04% 11.97 Delayed Quote.-1.96%
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