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U.S. livestock: CME hogs slip on weaker cash

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) lean hog futures closed lower on Friday, following softening cash hog prices, traders said. CME February hog futures settled down 1.425 cents at 62.65 cents/lb., halting a three-session advance (all figures US$). Traders noted that hogs in the top cash market of Iowa and southern Minnesota traded […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle hit six-week high on technical buying

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures rose sharply for the second straight session on Wednesday, reaching a six-week high, on technical buying and expectations that beef packers would pay higher prices for cattle this week, traders said. Cattle futures had declined earlier on Tuesday before turning higher and then surpassing the previous session’s […] Read more

Klassen: Feeder market searching for direction

Western Canadian feeder cattle markets were quite variable from seven days earlier. Prices were unchanged in the eastern Prairie regions; however, Alberta markets traded $3 to as much as $7 below week-ago levels. Alberta and Saskatchewan feedlot inventories are running 16 per cent above year-ago levels, so there’s limited buying power available. Calves are fleshier […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures limit up on better cash sales

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures surged by their three cents/lb. daily price limit on Friday, boosted by investment fund buying and better-than-expected sales in cash cattle markets, traders and analysts said. Feeder cattle futures also climbed by their daily limit, of 4.5 cents/lb., tracking the higher prices in the more […] Read more