John Harrington

DTN Livestock Analyst
John Harrington

John Harrington has been DTN's Livestock Analyst since 1985 and has been actively involved in the livestock business for nearly 30 years.

 

A 1974 graduate of Hastings College, Hastings, Neb., John in the late 1970s and early 1980s managed a large commercial cattle feeding operation as well as a 3,000 head swine finishing floor. In 1984, he started "Feel of the Market," a consulting firm specializing in fed and feeder cattle marketing. His weekly newsletter "Feel of the Market" continues to be circulated among cattle feeders, ranchers, and meat processors throughout the U.S. and Canada.

 

Harrington has regularly contributed to livestock newspapers and magazines. The Livestock Publication Council has repeatedly recognized his writing for its excellence in market analysis, risk management and humor. He writes a monthly humor column, "Harrington's World" for Progressive Farmer magazine.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Sharp early losses in feeder cattle futures have quickly retracted following buyers stepping back into the complex. Narrow price moves are seen in live cattle markets with mixed trade.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are expected to open significantly lower, pressured by larger than expected September placement and long liquidation. Lean hog paper should open on a mixed basis with nearby issues better supported than...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed moderately higher, supported by late-week short-covering and signs of feedlot cash stability. Lean hog issues also settled on a firm basis thanks to stronger cash sales and strengthening carcass values.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures are higher as business moves into the final hour, supported by cash strength and firming carcass value. On the other hand, the cattle complex is mixed, higher in the live market and lower in the feeder trade.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is moderately higher through the opening hour, supported by short-covering and positioning ahead of cash activity and the release of the Oct. 1 Cattle on Feed report. Lean hog futures are narrowly mixed in the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should start out mixed this morning as traders jockey ahead of cash news and the new feedlot inventory. Lean hog futures are also set for a mixed opening with nearbys supported more than deferreds.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed mixed in the live market and solidly higher in the feeder trader. Lean hog futures also finished with uneven results, though nearby issues outperformed deferreds.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is moderately lower near the top of the noon hour as traders engage in long liquidation prior to the development of cash news and late week on feed numbers. At the same time, lean hog futures are narrowly...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Lean hog futures are moderately higher so far this morning, supported by follow-through buying and impressive cash strength. On the other hand, cattle contracts are moderately lower through the initial hour of business...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and pre-cash short covering. Lean hog contracts also seem set for a firm opening thanks to further cash strength and residual buying...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately lower, pressured by follow-through selling and cash uncertainty. Lean hog contracts seem ready to begin on a mixed basis tied to residual selling on one hand and short covering on...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts should open moderately higher thanks to follow-through buying and stronger fundamentals. Look for the cattle complex to begin with mixed price action linked to a combination of residual selling and short-covering.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Nearby lean hog futures closed solidly higher, supported by short-covering and stabilizing fundamentals. At the conclusion of a choppy session, cattle contracts settled mostly lower.

  • There's good news and bad news about the China market opening up for U.S. beef. (DTN Illustration by Nick Scalise)

    The Market's Fine Print

    China may be unlocking its doors to U.S. beef, but DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington explains why it's like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeders closed sharply higher, supported by late-session buying and firm cash expectations. Lean hog issues settled on a mixed basis with nearbys gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts seem geared to open on a firm basis, supported by positive fundamentals and short-covering. The cattle complex should open mixed as traders position ahead of cash news.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder cattle futures should open at least moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and technical considerations. Lean hog contracts are expected to begin with mixed prices in light to moderate volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Hog paper should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and signs of stabilizing cash. Live and feeder futures are expected to trade mixed in the early going thanks to both residual selling and short-covering.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures stormed higher again with triple-digit gains, impressively supported by short-covering and technical buying. On the other hand, the cattle complex settled sharply lower, pressured by long liquidation and cash worries.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open futures trading on a mixed basis tied to a slow combination of short-covering and long liquidation. Similarly, lean hog contracts should begin with uneven action with deferreds better supported...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures set to open lower, pressured by follow-through setting and Thursday's confirmation of significant herd expansion. On the other hand, look for the cattle complex to begin on a mixed basis as trade position ahead...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    For the most part, hog futures closed significantly lower thanks to long liquidation and pre-report selling. The cattle complex settled narrowly mixed as traders waited for more signs of cash potential.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis tied to a combination of short-covering and long liquidation. Lean futures are also expected to begin in a narrow range as traders position ahead of the quarterly hog inventory due...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Most cattle contracts managed to recover at midweek with triple-digit gains, sparked by short-covering and a degree of cash optimism. Lean futures advanced at an uneven pace with Dec and Feb gaining on both spot October and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for live and feeder futures to open moderately higher Wednesday, supported by pre-cash short-covering and signs of stronger beef demand. Lean hog contracts seem set to open with mixed prices as traders cautiously jockey...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed Tuesday on a mixed basis with nearby issues generally losing ground to deferreds. Lean hog contracts settled mostly higher, though spot October faltered by as much as 107 points.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open mixed thanks to a combination of follow-through selling and short-covering. Lean hog contracts should also begin with uneven price action as traders position ahead of the quarterly inventory.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex started the new week in a state of collapse with triple-digit losses throughout both markets. At the same time, lean hog futures settled on a mixed basis with nearbys higher and deferreds lower.

  • USDA will be dumping a truckload of livestock data this week and next week. (Photo courtesy of Caterpillar)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Between Harvey and Irma, one might think that the third quarter of 2017 has seen more than its fair share of uncontrollable "dumps." Yet for livestock producers, USDA has one more storm of numbers up its sleeve.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex is set to open on a mixed basis with nearby supported by stronger cash sales and deferred checked by placement news. Lean hogs should open moderately lower, pressured by follow-through selling and defensive...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed lower with nearby contracts suffering triple-digit losses. The cattle complex closed substantially higher, supported by greater packer spending in the country and technical-buying.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open on a mixed basis as traders position ahead of cash and on feed news. Lean hog contracts are also set to begin with uneven action in light volume.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex near midday is generally lower, pressured by profit taking and cash uncertainty in the wake of Wednesday's rally. Hog futures are also stuck in reverse with nearby issues particularly attracting sellers.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex has opened mixed in the live trade and moderately lower in the feeder market. For the most part, lean hog futures are moderate lower thanks to further long liquidation.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open at least moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and technical bullishness. Look for lean hog futures to begin with mixed price action as traders start to position ahead of the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts should open at least moderately lower, checked by sinking cash values and defensive product demand. The cattle complex seems set to open higher thanks to follow-through buying and optimism.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open higher, supported by follow-through buying and recent cash strength. Hog paper should open on a mixed basis tied to short-covering and long liquidation.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled mostly higher with particular buying interest noted in the feeder market. Lean hog issues closed on a mixed basis with nearbys losing ground to deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for live and feeder contracts to open significantly higher Monday, spurred by follow-through support and greater packer spending late Friday. On the other hand, hog issues could open no better than mixed thanks to residual...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    At the conclusion of a choppy session, the cattle complex landed impressive progress thanks to late short-covering and cash optimism. Lean hog futures also discovered a cache of late-week buying energy with Oct-May advancing by...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open moderately lower, checked by follow-through selling and prospects of cash discounts. Hog futures may also resume trade Friday on the defensive tied to bearish fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    When early buying interest ran out of gas near mid-morning, live and feeder contracts reversed to close significantly below the highs of the day. Lean hog issues settled on a mixed basis with deferred contracts generally gaining...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder cattle futures are expected to open on a mixed basis thanks to a cautious combination of follow-through buying and cash uncertainty. Lean hog contracts should also begin with uneven prices tied to residual selling...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for hog futures to open moderately lower at midweek, pressured by follow-through selling and struggling carcass value. Live and feeder contracts also seem ready to begin moderately lower tied to residual selling pressure and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog futures closed sharply lower with October and December taking most of the bearish punishment. The cattle complex also settled under selling pressure with live contracts generally losing ground to their feeder counterparts.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis, partly tied to best spreading and/or the unwinding of bull spreads. Lean hog issues seem set to also begin narrowly mixed thanks to follow-through selling and short covering.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog contracts closed Monday on a mixed basis, with deferreds faring better than nearbys. The cattle complex finished with uneven results in the live market and moderate strength in the feeder trade.

  • For the week ending Aug. 25, cattle-feeding gamblers lost their first pot since mid-December 2016. (Photo by threephin, CC BY-SA 2.0)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Following an extraordinary streak of market luck, the late-year deck may now be stacked against timely fed-cattle marketing.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures seem likely to open the week with mixed prices thanks to a combination of follow-through buyers and no better than steady feedlot sales on Friday. On the other hand, lean hog contracts should open...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts closed sharply higher Friday, supported by aggressive short covering and technical buying. Lean hog issues settled moderately higher thanks to primarily to late week profit taking.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts are likely to open on a mixed basis thanks to follow-through buying and long liquidation. On the other hand, hog futures should open moderately lower, pressured by spillover selling and defensive...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures closed sharply higher, boosted by aggressive short-covering and spec-buying. On the other hand, lean hog contracts settled sharply lower, checked by profit-taking and defensive fundamentals.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures are likely to open under selling pressure linked to long liquidation and defensive fundamentals. Live and feeder contracts should open on a mixed basis tied to a combo of foliow-through buying and long liquidation.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts should open at least moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and some signs of stabilizing fundamentals. The cattle complex seems set to begin with mixed price action tied to both long liquidation...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Cattle futures seem likely to resume trading after the long holiday weekend with mixed prices, thanks to a combination of follow-through buying and uncertain cash prospects. Lean hog contracts should also open on a mixed basis...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed moderately higher Friday with the exception of spot October live. Lean hog contracts settled narrowly mixed with a general lack of both buying and selling interest.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis with slow pre-holiday trade volume. Lean hog futures should also see uneven price action in the early rounds thanks to late week short covering and profit taking.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog futures closed higher, supported by short-covering and pre-holiday profit-taking. The cattle complex settled mixed in the live trade and moderately lower in the feeder market.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Hog futures seem likely to open moderately higher, supported by additional short covering and the unwinding of bear spreads. The cattle complex should also open some higher thanks to pre-cash profit taking in light volume.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Sellers of hog futures finally took a breather at midweek, allowing contracts to settle mostly 30 to 112 higher. The cattle complex settled modestly higher, supported by light short-covering and profit-taking.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open moderately lower, checked by follow-through selling and long liquidation. Lean hog issues are also set to remain on the defensive in the early going, pressured by residual bearishness and negative...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures closed sharply lower, essentially reversing all of Monday's large short covering rally. On the other hand, dedicated sellers continued to hammer away at lean hog issues, leaving most contracts with another...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    With the lone exception of soon-to-expire spot August live, cattle futures closed sharply higher thanks to aggressive short covering and smaller than expected July placement activity. Conversely, lean hog futures continued to...

  • News stories about robots in the livestock industry beg an interesting question about the accelerating mechanization of agriculture and what it means for the ever-shrinking population and vitality of rural America. (Robot photo by Brickset, CC BY 2.0; DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)

    Agbots to the Rescue?

    Robots are increasingly playing a larger role in livestock and meat production. Whether that's good or bad news for the livestock industry and rural America remains to be seen, says DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington.

  • News stories about robots in the livestock industry beg an interesting question about the accelerating mechanization of agriculture and what it means for the ever-shrinking population and vitality of rural America. (Robot photo by Brickset, CC BY 2.0; DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Robots are increasingly playing a larger role in livestock and meat production. Whether that's good or bad news for the livestock industry and rural America remains to be seen, says DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder cattle futures settled moderately higher for the most part as traders took late-week profits and positioned ahead of the Cattle on Feed report. On the other hand, lean hog contracts closed mostly lower, further...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open with uneven prices thanks to a combination of short-covering and long liquidation. Lean hog futures should also open on a mixed basis tied to residual buying and late-week selling.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Benefiting from late-session short-covering, cattle futures closed moderately higher and well above session lows. Lean hog issues settled higher, supported by profit-taking and the correction of oversold charts.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open moderately lower, checked by follow-through selling and talk of lower feedlot sales. Lean hog futures are also likely to open lower thanks to residual selling and faltering wholesale pork demand.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Hog paper seem set to open moderately lower, checked by follow-through selling and struggling carcass values. On the other hand, the cattle complex should begin with mixed prices thanks to a combination of residual buying and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for live and feeder futures to resume trading Monday at least moderately lower, pressured by further long liquidation and struggling carcass value. Lean hog contracts are also likely to begin on the defensive in the face of...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures seem staged to open at least moderately lower, pressured by follow-through selling and sagging cash business. Lean hog contracts are also set to open on the defensive thanks to struggling fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures continued to collapse on Thursday with live and feeder contracts hammered by long liquidation and technical selling. Lean hog issues also crashed sharply lower thanks to increasingly bearish fundamentals.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open solidly lower, checked by spiller selling and struggling product demand. Live hog contracts are likely to begin under pressure as well thanks to sharply lower carcass value and generous country...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures tripped sharply lower with the latter essentially surrendering the big rally posted on Tuesday. Lean hog contracts also reversed from Tuesday's substantial advance with most of the selling energy focused...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect cattle complex futures to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and short covering. Along similar lines, lean hog contracts should also extend Tuesday's rally in the early round.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex suddenly roared back to life Tuesday, soaring with triple-digit gains thanks to aggressive short-covering and technical-buying. Lean hog futures also scored impressive progress with nearbys racing ahead of...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts are set to open moderately lower, pressured by residual selling interest and long liquidation. On the other hand, lean hog futures seem staged to open mixed with new spot October gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures closed mixed in the live market and mostly higher in the feeder trade. Lean hog contracts also launched the new week with uneven price action as spot August expired.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are set to open on a mixed basis this morning as a combination of residual short covering and nervous fundamentals. Lean hog contracts should also begin with uneven price action in light trade volume.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed higher to end the week, supported by short-covering and pre-weekend profit-taking. On the other hand, lean hog contracts settled on a mixed basis with nearbys outperforming deferreds.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex near midday is moderately higher in the live market and mixed in the feeder trade. Lean hog futures are also mixed near the top of the noon hour with nearby issues generally gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Live and feeder issues are higher this morning thanks to late week short covering and profit taking. Lean hog contracts are moderately higher in the early rounds, supported by the premium of the cash market.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The late-week cattle complex at the CME should open on a mixed basis tied to residual selling on one hand and short-covering on the other. Look for uneven price action in lean hog futures as well, much as we've seen all through...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed lower on Thursday, though live contracts fell significantly hard than their feeder counterparts. Lean hog issues closed narrowly in light trade volume.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Hog futures are narrowly mixed at midday in very slow trade volume. The cattle complex at the CME is moderately lower in the live trade and mixed in the feeder market.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Attempting to stabilize in the wake of the midweek crash, live cattle futures are narrowly mixed in the early rounds with feeder issues moderately lower. At the same time, lean hog contracts are narrowly mixed in light volume.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder cattle futures collapsed sharply lower at midday with most feeder contracts settling off 450 points. On the other hand, lean hog contracts finished no worse than mixed with the front of the board closing...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit losses continue to blanket the cattle complex at midday with selling sparked by cash worries and international worries.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect lean hog futures to open on a mixed basis tied to uneven spreading interest and midweek profit-taking. On the other hand, the cattle complex should trade moderately lower in the early rounds thanks to residual selling...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder cattle contracts closed mostly lower thanks to follow-through selling and long liquidation. Lean hog futures finished on a mixed basis thanks to inconsistent spreading activity and light profit-taking.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex has seen both green and red through the morning with prices narrowly mixed near the top of the noon hour. Lean hog futures also reflect a variety of trading ideas as uneven contracts at midday suggest no...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Beef and pork futures seem likely to open in opposite directions Tuesday with the former moving moderately lower and the later continuing moderately higher. Follow-through selling and buying, respectively, is expected to essentially...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts plunged sharply lower in the new week's opening round, pressured by long liquidation and technical selling. At the same time, lean hog issues extended its early month bounce, supported by short-covering...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Cattle complex futures are imploding near midday, hammered by long liquidation and technical selling. Conversely, lean hog contracts are mostly higher as the market moves into the final hour of the session.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are losing ground in the early rounds of the new week with the latter struggling with triple-digit losses. On the other hand, lean hog futures have opened narrowly mixed with no defntie trading features...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to start out mixed Monday, slowly scrambled by a combination of follow-through selling and cash premiums. Along similar lines, lean hog issues should begin with uneven price action thanks to residual buying...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog contracts closed significantly higher with nearby issues racing ahead of deferreds. On the other hand, cattle futures closed mostly lower, pressured by late-week long-liquidation and late-summer supply worries.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures are mostly lower near midday with the latter losing ground to the former. Lean hog futures are sporting a firm undertone at midday as nearbys outperform deferreds.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are moderately lower so far this more, checked by long liquidate and late week profit taking. On the other hand, lean hog issues are moderately higher, supported by short covering and the ongoing premium...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open on a mixed basis thanks to both follow-through buying and late-week profit-taking. Lean hog contracts are also expected to begin with uneven price action with nearby holding up better than...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and recent cash premiums. Lean hog futures finished with mixed prices with 2017 contracts generally losing ground to 2018 issues.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Lean hog contracts are lower near the top of the noon hour with specs and commercials pulling back from yesterday's rally. Choppy action is again evident in the cattle complex with mixed prices at midday.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open at least moderately lower, supported by follow-through buying and further short-covering. Lean hog issues are also likely to begin with a firm undertone thanks to residual buying and cash...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is back under pressure at midday, led by triple-digit losses in feeder trade. At the same time, lean hog contracts are mixed with nearbys gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is modestly higher in the live market and mixed in the feeder trade through the first hour of business. With the exception of a small gain for spot August, lean futures are moderately lower so far this morning.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled significantly higher, especially led by aggressive buying in the feeder trade. On the other hand, lean hog issues closed substantially lower thanks to long liquidation and discouraging cash news.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect the cattle complex to open lower with live issues probably pressured more than their feeder counterparts. Lean hog futures seem set to begin with further losses tied to ideas of accelerating chain speed ahead.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Led by spot August, lean hog futures settled with a weak undertone thanks to lower cash sales and bearish expectations. The cattle complex closed moderately lower in the live trade and mixed in the feeder market.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is moderately lower in the live market near the top of the noon hour while feeder issues are mixed. Lean hog futures are also generally lower thanks to long liquidation and further reports of cash weakness.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is moderately lower in the early going with feeders losing ground to their live counterparts. Lean hog issues are also under moderate pressure through the first rounds of trading, checked by nervous...

  • In the future, perhaps Alexa can help steer cattle sales in the right direction. (Horns by lorenkerns, CC BY 2.0; Victory Gateway at Upper Los Virgenes by Cbl62, CC BY-SA 3.0; Amazon images courtesy Amazon; DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Who has the background, vision, business model, technology -- and money -- to buy the huge U.S. cattle feeding network known as "Five Rivers?" DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington says who he thinks would be a match made in...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex seems likely to open lower, pressured by follow-through selling and nervousness regarding August fundamentals. Lean hog contracts should also open on the defensive, checked by faltering carcass value and lower...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder cattle futures closed sharply lower, pressured by long liquidation, bearish late-summer expectations and news of higher Japanese beef tariffs. Lean hog contracts settled on a mixed basis with nearbys losing ground...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open moderately lower, checked by long liquidation and lower cutouts. Lean hog issues are also expected to begin under moderate pressure in light trade volume.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled mostly higher with the feeder trade finishing with triple-digit gains. Lean hog issues closed narrowly mixed with nearbys gaining a bit on deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for hog futures to open under pressure thanks to long liquidation and lower carcass value. On the other hand, the cattle complex should open on a mixed basis thanks to residual buying and long liquidation.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open on a mixed basis tied to residual selling on one hand and short-covering on the other. Lean hog issues are also likely to begin with uneven price action in slow volume.