Feeder cattle hits new high - CME

Lean hogs hit new low
calendar icon 19 April 2023
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Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) April and May feeder cattle futures hit fresh contract highs on Tuesday on tight supplies, as analysts said they expected cattle placements to continue to trend down, Reuters reported, citing traders.

Meanwhile, CME May lean hogs hit a contract low of 78.500 cents per pound, before closing down 2.175 cents at 78.825 cents per pound.

Hog futures slipped on weak technicals, traders said, as the cash market continues to remain weak and premiums in the futures markets stay hefty.

"We're seeing that cash market moving lower and lower," said Don Roose, president of Iowa-based US Commodities. "When you add the weakness on the export market, hogs are in a tough spot."

Meanwhile, the cattle market's prices continue to rise on supply issues.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), in monthly data due on Friday, is expected to report the number of cattle on feed as of April 1. It is expected to be down 5% from a year earlier and placements of cattle into feedlots in March down 5.2%, according to a Reuters' analysts poll on Tuesday.

Meatpackers slaughtered an estimated 128,000 cattle on Tuesday, 2,000 fewer head than a week ago, the USDA said.

Cash cattle markets continued to see steady to firm demand on Tuesday, traders said, with rising prices for feeder heifers, and steer and heifer calves in Oklahoma City.

Most-active CME May feeder cattle hit a contract high of 211.75 cents per pound on the day, before settling up 0.75 cent at 211.50 cents per pound.

CME April feeder cattle futures settled up 0.375 cent at 205.925 cents per pound. Earlier in the session, it hit a contract high of 206.100 cents per pound.

April live cattle futures ended up 0.725 cent at 176.475 cents per pound, while June live cattle finished up 0.325 cent at 165.200 cents.

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