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U.S. livestock: Cattle up on beef demand, cash market optimism

Chicago hogs down on profit-taking

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures rose on Tuesday, with the December contract reaching its highest in a month on signs of strong demand for beef and expectations of firm cash cattle trade this week, analysts said. Also, commodity funds appeared to be adjusting positions ahead of the end of the month and […] Read more



U.S. livestock: Cattle futures up on cash market optimism

Wholesale pork values support October hogs

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures closed firm on Monday, rallying after a sharply lower open as strong packer margins raised expectations for higher cash cattle trade this week, analysts said. Average beef packer margins rose to $320.18 per head, from $313.25 on Friday, according to livestock marketing advisory service HedgersEdge.com (all figures […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hog futures rise on export hopes

CME cattle futures weaken

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. hog futures rose 1.7 per cent on Friday, with the market shrugging off bearish supply data on hopes that exports would remain strong, traders said. “At a time when we are nearing our fourth-quarter peak in supply, the market is highly focused on the belief that export sales are running […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Cattle futures rise on supply concerns

CME lean hog futures down

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Live cattle futures rose to their highest in more than a month on Thursday, supported by signs of a stabilizing cash market and concerns about tight supplies in the coming months, traders said. “The feedlots believe… that we have a marketing hole for most of October into December,” Don Roose, president […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures up ahead of USDA report

Hogs also up ahead of separate USDA data

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures gained on Wednesday, as traders weighed continued strong slaughter rates against expectations for higher placements in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s end-of-week Cattle on Feed report. “The beef market looks like it’s possibly stabilizing, and that should be supportive for cattle prices in the near term,” said […] Read more


Klassen: Quality features influence feeder cattle prices

Reading Time: 2 minutes Western Canadian yearling markets have traded in a sideways range over the past couple of weeks; major feedlot operators have been aggressive for 800-pound-plus feeders just off grass because these cattle are most efficient and therefore, most profitable. Grass yearlings were quoted steady to as much as $5 higher this past week. Backgrounded yearlings were […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hog futures gain on export optimism

CME cattle down ahead of USDA report

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures markets climbed on Tuesday on optimism over China’s continued purchases of U.S. grains, traders said. Exporters sold 266,000 tonnes of U.S. soybeans to China and 264,000 tonnes to unknown destinations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported on Tuesday, marking the 13th consecutive business day of sales to […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Cattle, hog futures fall with other commodities

Traders watching Germany's swine fever findings

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle and hog futures markets fell on Monday, following a broad-based commodity sell-off in the absence of any fresh bullish news, traders said. “It is just kind of risk-off trade,” said Matthew Wiegand, broker at FuturesOne. “Livestock was for the most part happy to follow along.” Chicago Mercantile Exchange October […] Read more

U.S. livestock: CME cattle futures end up on firm cash trade

Lean hog futures close mixed

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures closed modestly higher on Friday, supported by strength in cash cattle markets this week, but uncertainty about beef demand in the coming months capped rallies, analysts said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange October live cattle futures settled up 0.575 cent at 107.35 cents/lb. and December rose 0.525 cent to […] Read more