Lean hog markets close higher - CME

Live cattle markets recover from recent slide
calendar icon 31 October 2023
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Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) live cattle futures topped a one-week high on Monday as the market recovered from steep losses last week, reported Reuters.

Firm prices in the cash market on Friday supported the rebound in futures, brokers said.

CME December live cattle futures ended up 1.025 cents at 183.250 cents per pound. The contract touched a session high of 183.750 cents, its highest price since before the US Department of Agriculture issued a bearish Cattle on Feed report after trading ended on Oct. 20.

The monthly report showed larger-than-expected placements of cattle into U.S. feedlots in September, knocking futures prices to June lows at the start of last week.

"We've recovered most of last week's losses," said Doug Houghton, an analyst for Brock Associates. "But based on the Cattle on Feed report, market-ready cattle supplies are considerably above a year earlier. Whether this strength can hold is another question."

CME January feeder cattle futures on Monday closed up 1.175 cents at 236.875 cents per pound, after touching its lowest price since May on Friday.

Meatpackers slaughtered an estimated 125,000 cattle on Monday, steady from a week ago and down from 126,000 cattle a year ago, the USDA said. Packers also processed an estimated 487,000 hogs, compared to 486,000 hogs a week ago and 487,000 hogs a year earlier.

CME December lean hog futures closed up 0.700 cent at 71.175 cents per pound and hit the highest price since Oct. 10. The market is aligning with higher cash prices, analysts said.

In China, the world's biggest pork producer and consumer, live hog prices fell almost 7% from a week ago, the biggest weekly decline this year. Disease outbreaks led farmers to send more pigs to slaughter for an already over-supplied market, analysts said.

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