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U.S. livestock: Cattle futures up on larger-than-expected weekly slaughter

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed higher on Monday after U.S. government data showed last week’s slaughter was bigger than the previous week’s, despite a fire that shuttered a Kansas beef plant. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated the weekly U.S. cattle slaughter through Saturday at 651,000 head, up from […] Read more




U.S. livestock: Cattle futures mixed, hogs firm

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) cattle futures were mixed on Wednesday, with deferred months mostly higher on bargain buying after hitting multiyear lows on Tuesday. But nearby live cattle contracts continued to weaken. The front-month contract hit its lowest level since October 2016 on expectations that the shutdown of a major beef […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Lean hogs end mixed as trade gauges trade war impact

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) lean hog futures were mixed on Friday in choppy trading as investors weighed rising pork prices against weak cash hog values and rising concerns about pork exports to China. Spread trading steered some contracts up sharply while others, including actively traded October and December futures, retreated. “Spreads […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Lean hogs rally for second day

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) lean hog futures posted strong gains for a second consecutive session Thursday, lifted by short-covering and technical buying following the market’s recent drop. Rising pork prices and solid pork exports supported the market, largely diluting concerns over U.S. trade tensions with China, the world’s top hog and […] Read more



U.S. livestock: Lean hogs tumble on worsening U.S.-China trade ties

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) lean hog futures fell sharply on Tuesday as growing tensions between Washington and Beijing fueled worries about U.S. pork exports. China, the world’s largest hog and pork market, has threatened to halt all purchases of U.S. agricultural products after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he would slap […] Read more