U.S. livestock: Ham prices lead lean hog futures higher

Chicago live cattle book slight gain

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures rose on Thursday as firmer cash markets for hogs and some pork products supported thinking that the market may have bottomed out after declining for much of 2020, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) August lean hog futures settled up 2.275 cents at 50.225 cents/lb., crawling back […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle futures rise on new-month buying

Hogs mostly down on concerns over supplies, demand

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures closed higher on Wednesday on what appeared to be technical and speculative buying at the start of a new month and quarter, analysts said. Yet the benchmark August live cattle contract on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange remained rangebound, with rallies capped by weak beef prices as slaughterhouses […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle, hogs end firm on light recovery bounce

Ramped-up slaughter pace keeps lid on rallies

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures closed modestly higher on Monday, shaking off early declines and firming on technical buying ahead the end of the month and quarter, after a three-session slide last week, traders said. A firmer close in Wall Street equity markets lent support as optimism about the U.S. economy could […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle down as slaughter recovers, beef prices sag

Hog futures mostly up on technical buying

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures fell on Friday, pressured by softening prices for market-ready cattle and declining packer profit margins as wholesale beef prices continue to slide, analysts said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) June live cattle futures settled down 1.825 cents at 93.9 cents/lb. and benchmark August fell 1.75 cents at 96.175 […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat falls as dollar bounces

Soy firms on export business

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat futures fell on Friday, pressured by a firmer dollar, which makes U.S. grains less competitive globally, and expectations of a busy harvest weekend in the breadbasket of the U.S. Plains, analysts said. Soybeans closed steady to higher and posted a weekly rise of about three per cent as export […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Live cattle firm on economic optimism

CME lean hogs close mostly higher

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures firmed for a second day on Thursday on technical buying and optimism that the U.S. economy may be on the upswing, analysts said. However, gains in nearby contracts trailed those in deferred months as a backlog of market-ready cattle and falling wholesale beef prices hung […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat soars as export outlook brightens

CBOT soybeans near two-month top

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures hit their highest levels in nearly two months on Thursday and wheat futures rose more than two per cent as a weaker dollar bolstered export prospects for U.S. grains and oilseeds, analysts said. Corn futures followed the firm trend. Chicago Board of Trade July soybeans settled up 10-1/4 […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Nearby lean hog futures slide as slaughter rebounds

CME live cattle up on bargain buying

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange nearby lean hog futures hit a six-week low on Wednesday as the U.S. slaughter pace continued to recover, generating pork supplies that pressured wholesale prices and packer margins, traders said. CME June lean hogs ended down their daily limit of 3.75 cents, at 48.65 cents/lb., while most-active July […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Live cattle sag as wholesale beef prices retreat

Slaughter counts rising 'much faster than anticipated'

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. live cattle futures fell on Tuesday, with the August contract hitting its lowest in nearly a month as the U.S. slaughter pace picked up, sending more beef into retail channels, traders said. Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) June live cattle settled down three cents at 95.3 cents/lb., while most-active August ended […] Read more

U.S. grains: Soybeans up on China sales hopes

Wheat down on U.S. harvest; rains seen for Black Sea

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures hit a three-week high on Tuesday on confirmation of U.S. soy sales to top global importer China and signs of an improving export outlook, traders said. Wheat futures fell as the U.S. winter wheat harvest got rolling while corn ended modestly higher. Chicago Board of Trade July soybeans […] Read more