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DTN Closing Livestock Comment 07/20 16:49
   Lean Hog Futures Close Significantly Lower Thanks to Ongoing
Supply-and-Demand Worries

   The lean hog market closed significantly lower with the 2019 contracts
generally losing ground on nearbys. Cattle futures closed mixed in the live
market and moderately lower in the feeder trade.

By John Harrington
DTN Livestock Analyst


   The cash cattle trade proved to be very slow in developing this week. In
fact, several areas are still trying to prime the pump in terms of trade
volume. At this time, light trading is evident in parts of the North with
dressed deals marked at $180, $2 to $6 higher than last week's weighted
averages. On the other hand, the South remains at a standstill. Bids have
improved some, but still remain $4 to $5 under asking prices of $114 to $115.
Such sticky movement reminds us of the slow trade volume experienced last
Friday. We assume that more business will develop later Friday. The National
hog base closed off $1.18 compared with the Prior Day settlement ($64-$70,
weighted average $70.95). From Friday to Friday, livestock futures scored the
following changes: Aug LC up $4.37; Oct LC up $2.88; Aug FC up $2.95; Sep FC up
$3.48; Aug LH off $3.70; Oct LH off $4.03. Corn futures closed 4 cents higher,
supported by technical-buying and signs of a weakening dollar. The stock market
closed slightly lower with the Dow off 6 and the Nasdaq down 5.
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