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 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...

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    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.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed sharply lower Monday, pressured by the negative implications of inventory reported unveiled on Friday. Lean hog issues settled moderately lower thanks to long liquidation and signs of faltering fundamentals.

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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 news and USDA reports. Lean hog futures should also begin with uneven price action linked to both bull and bear spreading interest.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures answered triple-digit gains at midweek with triple-digit losses today. Lean hog contracts settled on a mixed basis with nearby issues losing a significant amount of ground to deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open with a firm undertone thanks to follow-through buying and technical buying. Similarly, lean hog issues seem likely to begin with at least moderate gains, supported by bull spreading and short covering.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex staged an aggressive recovery at midweek, closing with triple-digit gains thanks to short-covering and technical buying. Lean hog issues also settled higher, though significant price progress was limited to nearby...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contract should open at least moderately lower, checked by follow-through selling uncertain midsummer fundamentals. On the other hand, lean hog futures are likely to open on a mixed basis tied in part to further...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed sharply lower, hammered by long liquidation and worries over midsummer fundamentals. The lean hog trade settled on a mixed basis with 2018 contracts gaining on nearbys.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open higher, supported by follow-through buying and short covering. At the same time, lean hog issues should begin with a firm undertone tied to cash premiums and light profit taking.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed mostly higher with only spot August live finishing significantly in the red. Lean hog contracts settled on a mixed basis, though August through next April closed with a firm undertone.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures seem likely to open on a mixed basis tied to follow-through buying and long liquidation. Lean hog issues should also see uneven price action in the early going with nearby probably going on deferred.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect the cattle complex to open on a mixed basis with feeders probably gaining more ground on their live counterparts. Hog futures should also begin with uneven price action tied to light bull spreading and late week profit taking.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed mixed in the live market and sharply higher in the feeder trade. On the other hand, lean hog futures settled unevenly at the end of a session with lackluster trade volume.

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    The Market's Fine Print

    Fake news has become the iconic concept of the Trump Administration to theoretically advance the president's agenda, but what would "fake market news" look like in the context of agricultural markets, and how would "fake news...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder cattle contracts should open substantial higher, supported by follow-through buying and technical strength. Lean hog issues seem likely to begin with moderate strength thanks to solid fundamentals and spillover...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open moderately higher, supported by short-covering and follow-through buying. On the other hand, lean hog issues are likely to open on a mixed basis with nearby contracts firmer than deferred...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open with uneven prices Tuesday thanks to follow-through selling and short-covering. Similarly, lean hog contracts are likely to open on a mixed basis tied to further bear spreading and profit-taking.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed mostly lower, pressured long liquidation and cash uncertainties. Lean hog issues finish on a mixed basis with nearbys losing ground to deferrers.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex seems likely to open mixed thanks to a combination of follow-through buying and long liquidation. Lean hog contracts should also generate uneven Look for hog futures to open moderately higher, supported by...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder cattle futures settled on a mixed basis in light trade volume. Lean hog contracts finished modestly higher for the most part, supported by late-week short-covering and cash premiums.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex seems likely to open mixed thanks to a combination of follow-through buying and long liquidation. Lean hog contracts should also generate uneven price action on the opening thanks to bull spreaders taking...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex staged an impressive rebound Thursday with the help of short-covering, profit-taking and signs of greater cash stability. Lean hog futures settled mixed thanks in part to the unwinding of bull spreads.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open at least moderately lower, pressed by follow-through selling, technical bearishness, and long liquidation. Hog futures seem staged to open moderately higher, lifted by spillover buying and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts collapsed with triple digit losses, hammered by long liquidation and cash market worries. Lean hog futures settled generally higher with spot July setting another contract high.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for lean hog contracts to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and constructive fundamentals. The cattle complex seems likely to begin on the defensive Wednesday, checked by uncertain cash and product...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog contracts closed higher in pre-holiday action with Oct-Feb gaining on both nearbys and deferreds. The cattle complex settled mixed in the live market and significantly lower in the feeder trade.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    In a holiday-shortened trade, livestock futures have opened mixed this morning, lower in the cattle complex and mostly higher in the lean hog market. Volume is generally light with many traders absent because of tomorrow's break.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for hog contracts to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and constructive fundamentals. On the other hand, cattle futures should open mixed with light volume.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed significantly higher, with the first five contracts advancing by triple digits. The cattle complex settled mostly higher, supported by late week short-covering and technical buying.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open with uneven price action thanks to a combination of follow-through buying and late-week profit-taking. Lean hog contracts are also expected to open mixed with nearbys gaining on deferreds..

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog contracts closed higher hours before the release of the June 1 H&P inventory with summer issues speeding ahead of deferreds. The cattle complex also settled in the green with the majority of issues advancing by...

  • From 2007 to 2017, JBS has spent more than $20 billion on roughly 22 different acquisitions. (Logo courtesy of JBS; DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Over the past decade, JBS has spent more than $20 billion on roughly 22 different acquisitions, including in the U.S. Such non-ending leverage and rapid capital formation just seemed too good to be true. As a massive corruption...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately higher, lifted by follow-through buying and short-covering. Lean hog contracts seem set to open mixed as traders position ahead of the Hogs & Pigs report.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts are likely to open substantially lower, pressured by residual selling, long liquidation and struggling wholesale prices. Lean hog issues should open on a mixed basis as specs and commercials position ahead of...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open solidly higher, supported by short-covering and spillover buying. Lean hog futures are similarly set to open with a firm undertone, boosted by short-covering and bull spreading.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled significantly lower, pressured by further long liquidation and technical selling. Lean hog issues closed seriously lower as well, checked in part by bull spreaders taking profits.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for live and feeder futures to open under pressure, checked by sharply lower feedlot sales and long liquidation. Hog paper should open mixed, higher front issues and lower back contracts.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to begin with uneven price action thanks to short-covering and long liquidation. Lean hog futures should also open on a mixed basis, scrambled by bull spreading and profit-taking.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for lean hog futures to open higher, supported by follow-through buying interest and constructive fundamentals. On the other hand, the cattle complex should start out lower thanks to residual selling interest and cash...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog contracts closed sharply higher, supported by bullish fundamentals and early week short-covering. The cattle complex slumped significantly lower, hammered by long liquidation and technical selling.

  • President Donald Trump helped engineer the opening of China to the U.S. beef industry. Not bad for someone who orders his steak well-done with ketchup. (DTN file photos)

    The Market's Fine Print

    President Donald Trump helped engineer the opening of the biggest export market the U.S. beef industry will ever see. That's not bad for someone who orders his steak well-done with ketchup, says DTN Livestock Analyst John...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex is staged to open on a mixed basis thanks to an early combination of short-covering and long liquidation. Lean hog futures are also set to begin with uneven price action with nearby gaining ground on deferred...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    With the exception of spot June, live cattle futures closed moderately higher, supported by a late round of profit-taking at the end of a week of aggressive selling and long-liquidation. Lean hog futures settled on a mixed basis...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open on a mixed basis thanks to a combination of long liquidation and short-covering. Lean contracts are also expected to begin with uneven price action as front issues gain on backs.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    For the most part, hog futures closed sharply lower with August through next May especially victimized by aggressive selling interest. The cattle complex finished mixed in the live market and mostly higher in the feeder trade.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open sharply lower, pressured by follow-through selling, cash market worries and long liquidation. Lean hog issues are likely to play mixed on the opening with summer months higher and deferred some...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open lower at midweek, pressured by signs of cash weakness, long liquidation and follow-through selling. Lean hog contracts are set to begin with higher prices as summer contracts gain further on...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately lower, checked by residual selling interest and long liquidation. On the other hand, lean hog contracts should open on a mixed basis with nearby losing ground to deferred.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder cattle futures tripped into the new week with triple-digit losses, pressured by long liquidation and cash uncertainty. Lean hog contracts settled mixed with July through October attracting most of the selling interest.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Nearby live cattle futures should be well supported on the opening thanks to follow-through buying and bull spreading. Lean hog contracts should also begin with uneven price action with summer issues going more ground on deferred.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is trading mixed in the early going this morning with bull spreading aggressively supporting nearbys at the expense of deferreds. Lean hog contracts are moderately lower, checked by late week profit taking and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder cattle futures are set to open solidly higher, spurred by follow-through buying and growing cash premiums. Lean hog issues should open on a mixed basis thanks to various spreading strategies.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is on fire at midday thanks to signs of renewed cash strength and technical buying. On the other hand, lean hog futures are moderately lower near the top of the new hour, reversing from moderate strength...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is off to a bullish start this morning, supported by follow-through buying, technical promise, and positive cash expectations. Lean hog contracts are mostly higher in opening business on light volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for lean hog futures to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and bullish technicals. Live and feeder contracts should also open on a firm basis thanks in part to residual buying interest and cash premiums.

  • Is the fed cattle market in for another third-quarter swoon this year? It might be wise to keep a fainting couch on hand just in case, says DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington. ("Young Woman Reclining in Spanish Costume," 1863, by Edouard Manet)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Could the fed cattle market see a repeat of third-quarter swoons like those seen in 2015 and 2016?

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and cash premiums. Lean hog contracts are staged to begin on a mixed basis thanks to residual selling and midweek short-covering.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open moderately lower, pressured by follow-through selling and bearish on feed report implications. On the other hand, lean hog futures should launch the week on a firm basis, supported by...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed sharply lower right before the holiday recess, pressured by long-liquidation and the negative implications of the May 1 on-feed report. On the other hand, summer lean hog contracts closed the week with...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open with mixed prices thanks to a combo of follow-through buying and pre report/weekend profit taking. Lean hog issues are also likely to begin with uneven action in light holiday-related trade volume.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    For the most part, the cattle complex thundered higher Thursday, surging sharply higher thanks to short-covering and ideas of early summer cash stability. Lean hog futures closed moderately higher with summer months setting new...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for live and feeder cattle contracts to open a mixed basis thanks to a combination of follow-through selling and short covering. Lean hog futures should also begin with mixed price action tied to light bull spreading and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Despite an early round of buying energy, lean hog futures closed mostly lower. The cattle complex settled mostly lower, though contracts did finish well above early session lows.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Hog futures seem set to open at midweek with at least moderate strength, supported by follow-through buying and appreciating carcass value. On the other hand, the cattle complex should open lower, pressured by residual selling...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for live and feeder contracts to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and the premium status of recent feedlot sales. Lean hog futures should open on a mixed basis with nearbys gaining on deferred

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed significantly higher with most deferred contracts nailing triple-digit gains. On the other hand, lean hog issues settled narrowly mixed with August attracting the most buying interest.

  • U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced on May 1 that USDA will provide greater flexibility in nutrition requirements for school meal programs. (USDA photo by Preston Keres)

    The Market's Fine Print

    New Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has already said a few things at center stage that strike DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington as quite friendly in terms of meat market potential.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and cash premiums. Similarly, lean hog futures should also begin this morning with a firm undertone thank to bull spreading and spillover buying.