Cattle futures weighed down by weakness in cash markets - CME

Hog futures rebound
calendar icon 27 January 2023
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Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) hog futures rose on Thursday as strength in cash markets and rising export demand sparked a round of bargain buying after prices hit their lowest in more than a year, reported Reuters.

But weakness in the cash markets weighed on cattle futures. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Thursday morning that export sales of pork in the week ended Jan. 19 totalled 44,700 tonnes, up from 34,100 tonnes a week earlier.

The weekly total included 12,500 tonnes of sales to China, the most for the world's top consumer of pork since the week ended Sept. 1.

Export sales of beef rose to 25,200 tonnes from 17,300 tonnes the prior week.

Separately, USDA reported pork carcass prices at $80.46 per hundredweight (cwt) on Thursday afternoon, up $1.35 from a day earlier.February lean hog futures gained 0.225 cent at 77.025 cents per lb. Prices bottomed out at 75.6 cents, the lowest for the front-month contract since Dec. 14, 2021 before rebounding into positive territory.

Most-active April hogs gained 1.675 cent to 87 cents per lb.

CME February live cattle settled down 0.875 cent at 156.725 cents per pound, and most-active April dropped 1.025 cents to 160.525 cents per pound.

CME March feeder cattle futures dropped 0.9 cent to settle at 182.85 cents per pound.

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