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U.S. livestock: Live cattle, hogs hit contract highs on fund buying

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle and lean hog futures rose to life-of-contract highs on Tuesday, lifted by investment fund buying linked to optimism that meat prices will continue to rise, traders said. Speculative investors who already were holding massive net long positions in cattle and hog futures added to those bets, […] Read more


U.S. livestock: CME live cattle hit two-year low on beef, cash prices

Chicago | Reuters –– Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Wednesday drifted to a two-year low, with October down the 4.5-cent daily price limit, as wholesale beef values and preliminary cash prices continued to sag, traders said. Spot-October settled at 124.675 cents/lb. (all figures US$). December ended 3.225 cents lower at 130.925 cents. Live […] Read more

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle, feeder cattle slump limit down

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Tuesday fell by their three-cent daily price limit as lower-trending wholesale beef values stirred expectations for another round of weaker cash prices later this week, traders said. Spot-October and December closed at 129.175 and 134.150 cents/lb., respectively (all figures US$). Live cattle’s trading limit […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Speculative buying rallies CME live cattle

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle finished higher on Monday, buoyed by speculation that cash and wholesale beef prices may bottom out soon, traders said. June closed up 0.65 cent per pound to 153.475 cents, and August 1.025 cent higher at 151.6 cents (all figures US$). Monday morning’s wholesale choice beef (cutout) […] Read more

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle slump with beef prices, but off lows

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle ended lower on Friday, pressured by profit-taking and a wholesale beef price reversal after Thursday’s spike, traders said. Futures remained undervalued based on this week’s cash price expectations, which stirred late-session buying that freed contracts from session lows. June closed down 0.4 cent per pound, to […] Read more


U.S. livestock: CME live cattle fall as beef demand fades

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Wednesday closed lower following sliding wholesale beef prices, traders said. June closed down 0.8 cent per pound to 152.5 cents, and August 1.375 cents lower at 150.625 cents. The choice wholesale beef price, or cutout, on Wednesday fell $2.13 per hundredweight (cwt) from Tuesday […] Read more