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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

U.S. livestock: CME lean hogs fall, cattle up on technical trading, profit-taking

Hogs 'stretched out technically last week'

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures slid on Monday on technical selling and profit-taking, as the trade began to question whether Chinese demand for U.S. pork will boom after rival supplier Germany confirmed a single case of African swine fever in a wild boar. U.S. pork packer margins eased but still were solid, […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Cattle futures rise on expectations of firm cash values

Hog market appears technically overbought

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Live cattle futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed higher on Tuesday on expectations of firmer cash prices as supplies of market-ready cattle tighten, following a drop this past spring in the number of cattle placed in feedlots, traders said. “Packer margins are huge; they are still over $350 a head. […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hog futures hit four-month high on export hopes

Post-Labour Day beef demand in doubt

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Strong export demand for U.S. pork pushed Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures to a four-month high on Friday. Traders are optimistic China, the world’s biggest pork consumer, will remain a strong buyer, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported strong weekly export sales on Thursday. Chinese importers have been bringing […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Hogs hit four-month high on strong export sales

CME cattle lower on demand uncertainty

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S lean hog futures jumped to a four-month high on Thursday on strong export demand and short covering, while cattle futures weakened. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported net U.S. pork export sales of 53,646 tonnes for the week ended Aug. 27, up 36 per cent from the previous week. China, […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle touch late-July lows on demand jitters

U.S. pork export data due out Thursday

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Wednesday dropped to their lowest prices since July amid uncertainty about how much U.S. demand will decline as the summer grilling season draws to a close. Beef and cattle prices are often weak this time of year as demand weakens. This year, closures of […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Live cattle consolidate up off one-month low

CME hogs up as trade watches China

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Tuesday rose for a second consecutive session as the market consolidated after touching a one-month low on Monday, brokers said. Weakness in the cash market for U.S. cattle has hung over futures prices recently, but some traders said they hope the markets will not […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures snap losing streak

Large supplies pressure CME hog futures

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures jumped on Monday in a rebound off a run of losses, while lean hog futures closed weaker. Live cattle were due for a rebound after falling last week amid pressure from weakness in the cash market, traders said. Short covering helped lift prices, they said. […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Cattle futures down again

CME lean hog futures also weaker

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange cattle and hog futures weakened on Friday in anticipation of a seasonal demand slowdown following the Labour Day holiday, traders said. The losses in the futures market stemmed from weekly declines in the cash markets. CME benchmark October live cattle fell 1.25 cents to close at 104.9 cents/lb., […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures extend losing streak

Hog futures edge higher

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange cattle dropped for the sixth day in a row on Thursday, with weakness in the cash market that stemmed from a glut of supplies spilling over into futures prices, traders said. Traders shrugged off signs of rising demand from China, which made its largest weekly U.S. beef purchases […] Read more