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CME August 2020 live cattle with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages. (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Live cattle jump to two-month high

Lean hogs up on bargain buying

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures on Monday reached a two-month high on follow-through buying from last week, while lean hog futures edged up on bargain buying, traders said. Cattle futures are extending a recovery after recently regaining a premium over cash prices, traders said. Technical buying helped support the futures market even […] Read more

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Hog sector hit hard by pandemic

Market weakness seen likely to push some farmers out of business

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — COVID-19 has hit the hog sector hard, with the double-edged sword of large supplies and reduced demand weighing heavily on the market. “The prospect of profitability at current forward prices and at current cash prices is nil… and there’s really no prospect of making anything this year,” said Tyler Fulton, director of risk […] Read more


CBOT July 2020 oats with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages. (Barchart)

Demand pushes up cash prices for oats

Cash oats uncoupled from Chicago futures values

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — While scarcity of oats on the Prairies has pushed up cash prices, there has been a drop in futures prices on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), two buyers said. “The weakness in the futures definitely has nothing to do with cash prices in the country,” said Scott Shiels of Grain Millers at […] Read more

CME December 2020 live cattle with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages. (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Live cattle firm on economic optimism

CME lean hogs close mostly higher

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures firmed for a second day on Thursday on technical buying and optimism that the U.S. economy may be on the upswing, analysts said. However, gains in nearby contracts trailed those in deferred months as a backlog of market-ready cattle and falling wholesale beef prices hung […] Read more


CME June 2020 live cattle with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages. (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Cattle rise on economic optimism, discount to cash prices

U.S.-China tensions keep hogs in check

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures rallied for a second straight day on Wednesday as easing coronavirus restrictions around the country bolstered optimism about the outlook for the economy and beef demand. U.S. stocks rose, with the S+P 500 closing above 3,000 for the first time since March 5, as further easing of lockdowns […] Read more

CME June 2020 live cattle with Bollinger (20,2) bands. (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Cattle, hog futures recover

Cargill cuts more beef shifts, Smithfield shuts more pork plants

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle and hog futures advanced on Wednesday as the markets recovered slightly from recent losses that traders said had dropped prices too far below the cash markets. Futures prices have tumbled recently as major meat companies have shut slaughterhouses due to the spread of the new coronavirus among employees. The […] Read more


CME February 2020 live cattle with 20-, 30- and 100-day moving averages. (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures rise on technical buying

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures rose on Wednesday, rebounding from Tuesday’s downturn, while hog futures eased. Traders said that signs of strength in the cash market added support to the strength in both live and feeder cattle contracts. Technical buyers also helped pushed prices higher after early signs of strength. Chicago Mercantile Exchange […] Read more



CME June 2020 lean hogs with Bollinger (20,2) bands, a gauge of market volatility. (Barchart)

U.S. livestock: Hogs plunge on fresh doubts of China trade prospects

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures fell more than four per cent on Wednesday, with the benchmark February contract at times dropping its daily three-cent limit on doubts about the prospects for a U.S. trade deal with China, the world’s top pork consumer. February lean hog futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) […] Read more

CBOT December 2019 wheat with 20-, 50- and 100-day moving averages. (Barchart)

U.S. grains: Wheat hits three-month high on signs of tightening supplies

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago wheat futures touched a three-month high on Friday, buoyed by rising cash prices and signs of tightening global supplies, analysts said. Soybean futures rose on worries about the size of the U.S. harvest while corn fell on disappointing weekly U.S. export sales. At the Chicago Board of Trade, December soft […] Read more