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U.S. livestock: Cattle rise on strong cash markets

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures rose on Friday, with nearby contracts supported by firm cash markets and strong wholesale beef values, traders said. Deferred offerings rose as traders covered short positions ahead of the U.S. Agriculture Department’s monthly Cattle on Feed report. The report, released after the close of the […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Supply buildup fears undercut CME live cattle

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures on Tuesday finished lower as concern about increased supplies ahead yanked the market from early-session highs, traders said. Investors exercised caution while waiting for the bulk of slaughter-ready, or cash, cattle in the U.S. Plains to change hands this week. April ended 0.4 cents/lb. lower […] Read more


Klassen: Feeder market remains firm into 2018

Western Canadian feeder cattle markets experienced limited activity over the past week because most auction barns were closed for the holiday season. There was some reported activity in certain regions such as central Alberta and prices were relatively unchanged from seven days earlier. Frigid temperatures tempered buying activity. Feedlots in the nearby area of the […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cash price optimism boosts CME live cattle

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle on Thursday reached a seven-week high, propelled by expectations for steady-to-higher cash prices by week’s end, said traders. Thursday’s wholesale beef price upswing, short-covering and year-end positioning furthered market advances, they said. December live cattle, which will expire on Friday, closed 2.525 cents/lb. higher at 124.55 […] Read more


U.S. livestock: CME live cattle surge on beef demand, cash price hopes

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures finished higher on Tuesday, driven by strong wholesale beef values that generated cash price optimism for this week, said traders. Investors bought deferred months and simultaneously sold December futures before its Dec. 29 expiration. Fund buying contributed to market advances. December live cattle finished up […] Read more

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle rebound

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed higher on Thursday after short-covering and fund buying pared Wednesday’s losses, said traders. Expectations for steady to weaker prices for slaughter-ready, or cash, cattle by Friday pulled futures from morning highs, they said. December live cattle finished up 0.625 cent/lb. at 116.275 cents, and […] Read more


U.S. livestock: CME live cattle give back some Tuesday gains

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed lower on Wednesday after softer wholesale beef demand and this week’s expectations for steady-to-lower cash prices erased some of Tuesday’s rally, said traders. Technical selling further weighed on CME’s live cattle market, they said. December live cattle finished down 0.5 cent/lb. to 115.65 cents […] Read more



Klassen: Lethbridge demand drives up yearling market

Western Canadian feeder cattle markets traded $5-$8 above week-ago levels. The first major yearling sales occurred in southern Alberta, which appeared to kick-start the buying momentum. Alberta fed cattle prices and wholesale beef values were under pressure; however, feedlot operators were extremely tenacious. Buyers capriciously worked orders throughout the week and by the Friday, quality […] Read more

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle hit nine-month low

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures sank to a nine-month low on Thursday, weighed down by seasonally tepid wholesale beef demand and sharply lower prices for slaughter-ready, or cash, cattle, traders said. Thursday’s market losses triggered pre-established sell orders. And fund liquidation developed after August and October futures fell below their […] Read more