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U.S. livestock: June hogs, cattle plunge limit down

COVID-19 shuts more U.S. meat processors

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. livestock futures tumbled on Monday on worries about declining U.S. meat processing capacity after Smithfield Foods announced Sunday it would indefinitely shut one of its pork plants due to novel coronavirus infections among workers. The closure at Sioux Falls, S.D., affecting four to five per cent of U.S. pork production, […] Read more

CME to raise hog futures trading limits as swine fever fuels volatility

New daily limit of 3.75 U.S. cents proposed for mid-April

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — CME Group said Thursday it plans to increase daily trading limits for its lean hog futures in April, then adjust them annually because of heightened volatility linked to the outbreak of a fatal pig disease in China. The spread of African swine fever in China, the world’s biggest pork consumer, has […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Hogs rise on expectations for Chinese buying

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures climbed to their highest price since July on Monday on expectations for Chinese buying, while technical selling pushed down cattle futures. Meat traders anticipate China will increase pork imports to offset an expected shortage caused by an outbreak of African swine fever, a fatal pig virus that […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hogs limit up on expectations for Chinese buying

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures climbed the daily exchange-imposed limit on Thursday on increasing expectations for Chinese buying as the world’s two largest economies prepared for talks aimed at breaking the logjam in their trade war. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) will temporarily expand the trading limit to 4.5 cents on Friday […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Live cattle extend recovery from nine-year low

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures shot higher on Wednesday on short covering and technical buying as the market extended a rebound from a nine-year low this week. CME October live cattle futures ended up 2.35 cents at 98.5 cents/lb. (all figures US$). The market has climbed since October live cattle […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Lean hogs advance on China trade hopes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hog futures jumped on Tuesday as expectations rose for China to increase pork imports from the United States, traders said. China, the world’s top pork consumer, is expected to buy more U.S. agricultural products in hopes of a better trade deal with Washington, the South China Morning […] Read more






U.S. livestock: Cattle extend climb on robust packer margins

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures advanced for a fourth straight session on Thursday, led by the nearby August contract as robust profit margins for beef packers fueled expectations of strong demand for cash cattle, traders said. “Packers are just raking it in, so the incentive is there to ramp up […] Read more