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U.S. livestock: Most CME live cattle futures gain on spreads

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle gained modestly on Wednesday during a trading strategy known as bear spreading in which investors sold October futures and simultaneously bought deferred months. Some market participants used the spreads to avoid possible deliveries on Monday evening against the October contract. Profit-taking and uncertainty about this week’s […] Read more


U.S. livestock: CME live cattle break four-session losing skid

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Tuesday settled higher for the first time in five sessions, spurred by short-covering and bargain buying, said traders. Some contracts punched through key technical resistance barriers, which triggered fund buying and pre-established buy orders. August ended 0.725 cent/lb. higher at 106.725 cents (all figures […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle at nine-month low for third straight session

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures eased to their lowest level in nine months on Monday as the seasonal supply build-up pressured wholesale beef prices for a third consecutive session, traders said. They said bullish traders worried that plentiful cattle numbers might again result in lower prices for slaughter-ready, or cash, […] Read more


U.S. livestock: CME live cattle rebound after bargain hunters step in

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed sharply higher on Tuesday, ignited by bargain buying after burdensome supplies recently sank the contract to eight-month lows, said traders. “Everybody was just overly bearish and we had lots of long liquidation by funds pushing the market down. So we’ve got to where there […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Initial cash prices drop CME live cattle

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures finished lower on Wednesday, pressured by softer wholesale beef values and some preliminary cash prices that fell short of expectations, traders said. They said sell stops and fund liquidation compounded market losses. February live cattle closed 0.9 cent/lb. lower at 116.775 cents, and April 1.75 […] Read more



U.S. livestock: CME live cattle leap to one-month high

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Tuesday reached their highest level in a month, driven by short-covering and recent increase in wholesale beef values, said traders. They added that some investors bought CME live cattle futures, and simultaneously sold lean hog contracts, in anticipation for possibly firmer cash cattle prices […] Read more