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U.S. livestock: Cattle, hogs rally after grocery stores depleted

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle and hog futures surged on Tuesday, fueled by strength in the cash market as the grocery sector looked to restock shelves following heavy buying during the weekend. Bargain buying also helped support the livestock market. Both live cattle and feeder cattle futures were recovering from near 10-year lows hit […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures hit 10-year lows

Coronavirus stokes demand uncertainty

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures plunged on Monday to their lowest in nearly a decade, with traders citing uncertainty about what the coronavirus pandemic will mean for long-term demand. Hog futures also were sharply lower, sinking to their lowest since October 2018. All fed cattle contracts and most hog contracts settled down the […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Lean hogs, cattle limit down on coronavirus fears

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures fell their expanded daily limit on Friday on fears that the coronavirus pandemic could curb consumer demand for meat and threaten the workforce at slaughterhouses, traders said. “The germophobia is in full force,” said Don Roose, president of Iowa-based U.S. Commodities. Traders are considering that more widespread […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Wall Street leads CME cattle, hogs limit down

'You are developing a demand problem'

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle and feeder cattle futures plunged their daily limit on Thursday, dragged down by another steep sell-off on Wall Street, fears of a global recession and continued uncertainty about consumer demand for meat, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange April live cattle contract settled down its three-cent limit at 100.075 […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Cattle, hogs follow rebound on Wall Street

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures closed higher on Tuesday, following as Wall Street charged back from the prior day’s steep losses as the world’s biggest economies moved to cushion the impact of the coronavirus, traders said. The rally in global equity markets overshadowed bearish fundamentals in the cattle market, including declining cash […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures dive, led by energy, equity markets

CME feeder cattle close limit down

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures fell on Monday for a third straight session and hit life-of-contract lows following a plunge in crude oil and equity markets amid fears of a global recession, traders said. “When you have the stock market losing five to seven per cent of its value in a day, […] Read more


U.S. livestock: CME live cattle set contract lows

Fears persist that coronavirus will hurt beef demand

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures sank to contract lows on Friday, extending a decline fueled by fears that the global coronavirus outbreak will slow economic growth and reduce demand for beef. Losses in the market have accelerated as the virus has spread, with the most-active April live cattle futures contract down 17 per […] Read more

U.S. livestock: CME cattle retreat on demand worries

Hogs up on hopes for sales to China

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. cattle futures slid Thursday as the global spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus raised worries about an economic slowdown that could hurt demand for beef. U.S. beef demand has been strong since last year, helping to push April live cattle futures to a contract high in December. On Friday, though, futures […] Read more


U.S. livestock: CME cattle, hogs rise with equities

Livestock futures await export sales data

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. livestock futures strengthened on Wednesday as gains in financial markets helped fuel a recovery from contract lows reached last week in the live cattle market. Live cattle futures have been looking to equity markets for direction as uncertainty about the impact of the coronavirus epidemic has fueled swings in stock […] Read more

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle ease with equities

Chicago lean hogs rise

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures weakened with equities on Tuesday, while hog futures advanced. Moves in the cattle market have nearly mirrored those in equities since last week, traders said, with the global spread of the new coronavirus fueling sharp moves. All three major U.S. stock market indexes dropped more […] Read more