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U.S. livestock: Strong cash prices lift CME hogs

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs on Wednesday shrugged off some of Tuesday’s declines, helped by short-covering and rising prices for slaughter-ready, or cash, hogs, said traders. December futures led advances after investors bought that contract and simultaneously sold deferred months in a trading strategy known as bull spreads. Fund buying developed […] Read more

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U.S. livestock: CME live cattle mostly weaker on consolidation

Chicago | Reuters — Most Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts landed in modestly bearish territory on Friday amid pre-weekend consolidation after investors digested this week’s cash prices, said traders. “The market is priced right with this week’s cash. We’ll wait until next week to see if packers are short on supplies or need cattle,” […] Read more