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

    The cattle complex is likely to open moderately lower, pressured by follow-through selling and fears of softening fundamentals. Lean hog issues should open some higher, supported by short-covering and constructive supply and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to start out mixed Thursday thanks to residual selling interest and pre-cash short-covering. On the other hand, lean hog futures are likely to open moderately higher, supported by spillover buying and...

  • While virtually all meat production sectors have aggressively kicked into high expansion gear over the last several years, the pool of packing house workers has clearly ebbed more than flowed. (DTN graphic)

    The Market's Fine Print

    With U.S. packers and the meat industry in general feeling the pinch of a chronic labor shortage, politicians would be wise to follow the words of the hymn "Come, Labor On" in crafting immigration...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    July through October lean hogs scored triple digits for the second consecutive session, further boosted by bullish fundamentals and decent fundamentals. On the other hand, cattle futures settled moderately lower, pressured by...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Hog contracts are geared to start out higher Wednesday, supported by bull-spreading and constructive fundamentals. The cattle complex is set to open mixed Wednesday as traders cautiously gather clues of cash potential.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis thanks to a combination of follow-through selling and short-covering. Hog paper is also expected to open on both sides of unchanged with nearby issues gaining ground on deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are set to open significantly higher with June and August running to catch up with the feedlot trade. Lean hog contracts should also start out with a firm undertone thanks to improving seasonal...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled solidly higher thanks to evidence of greater spending in the country and technical-buying interest. Lean hog contracts also closed with a firm undertone, supported by impressive fundamentals and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts should open at least moderately higher, supported by short-covering and improving fundamentals. On the other hand, expect the cattle complex to open on a mixed basis as traders position ahead of cash potential.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures cooled a bit following Wednesday's impressive price surge, closing mixed with July and August losing ground to both spot June and far deferreds. The cattle complex also closed with uneven results, checked by late...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open with a firm undertone thanks to follow-through buying and general cash optimism. Lean hog issues should also open with a stronger tone, supported by bullish momentum and evidence of higher cash sales.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Shaking off the bearish news of Mexican tariffs on U.S. pork, hog futures closed sharply higher with the help of aggressive short-covering and improving late-spring/early summer fundamentals. Live and feeder futures closed higher...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts are expected to open moderately higher, supported by residual buying and recent cash premiums. Look for lean hog futures to begin with mixed price action with nearbys gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts surged sharply higher, spurred by cash premiums and technical buying. Summer lean hog issues were pressured by the announcement of Mexican tariffs on U.S. pork legs and shoulders.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle futures to begin with uneven price action thanks to a combination of residual selling and pre-cash short-covering. Lean hog issues should also open on a mixed basis tied to follow-through selling on one hand...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    At the conclusion of a very choppy session, cattle futures closed generally lower with most nearby issues losing ground to deferreds. Lean hog contracts also settled in the red, pressured by the discounted cash market and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Cattle contracts should open Monday with moderate gains, supported by higher feedlot sales late Friday. On the other hand, lean hog issues are likely to open moderately lower, checked by the discounted cash market and softer...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog contracts settled on a mixed basis with summer issues moderately higher and most deferred issues moderately lower. The cattle complex closed mixed in the live trade and moderately lower in the feeder market.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open moderately higher, supported by evidence of cash stability and short-covering. Lean hog issues are also likely to begin with a firm undertone thanks to improving fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog futures closed significantly lower as technical bears gathered themselves to take back Wednesday's rally. Cattle futures surrendered about a third of Wednesday's big surge, checked by profit-taking and uncertain cash...

  • What some admire as bold examples of leadership by President Donald Trump, others fear as reckless and counterproductive displays of power. (Left photo by marcn, CC BY 2.0; right photo by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0; DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)

    The Market's Fine Print

    The long-standing rural business tenet that your word is your bond is being challenged by a president who believes that trade wars are good and easily won, argues DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open significantly higher thanks to follow-through buying, firming carcass value and discounted feedlot sales. Lean hog contracts are also staged for early strength, supported by residual buying and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately lower, pressured by follow-through selling and early summer demand uncertainty. On the other hand, lean hog issues are likely to begin with mixed prices thanks to follow-through...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and cash premiums. Lean hog issues are set to open lower, checked by residual selling interest and cash discounts.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures settled significantly lower with all 2018 issues suffering triple-digit losses. Cattle futures closed modestly higher, though forward progress was generally modest.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Hog futures have opened significantly lower this more with summer issues now showing triple digit losses. The cattle complex is mostly lower in the early going, checked by profit taking and beef demand worries.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis tied to residual buying on one hand and long liquidation on the other. Lean hog issues are also likely to begin with mixed price action thanks to follow-through selling and signs of...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is sharply higher near the top of the noon hour, supported by aggressive short covering and ideas of better demand possibilities for U.S. beef out of China. At the same time, lean hog issues are moderately...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex tried to stabilize early Friday, but late-selling caused both live and feeder contracts to settle significantly lower. Lean hog contracts also closed lower, pressured by long liquidation and late-week profit-taking.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Hog futures are sharply lower near the top of the noon hour, pressured by long liquidation and commercial selling. At the same time, the cattle complex is narrowly mixed in the live trade and moderately lower in the feeder market.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    For the most part, cattle futures are moderately higher in early business with live contracts gaining a bit on feeders. While most hog contracts are some higher, price action here is more narrowly mixed in light volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for lean hog contracts to open moderately higher, supported by improving product demand and bull-spreading interest. Cattle futures should also start out Friday morning with a firm undertone thanks to short-covering and...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts are solidly higher at midday, supported by short covering and the correction of oversold charts. Lean hog futures are mixed with late summer issues losing ground to both spot June and far deferreds.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Live cattle futures are narrowly mixed as contracts move through the initial hour of business. At the same time, feeder issues are modestly lower. Nearby lean hog contracts have open lower while deferred counterparts are...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis thanks to a combo of residual selling and short covering. Lean hog issues are set to also begin with uneven price action tied to light bull speading and profit takings.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex once again closed sharply lower, hammered again by long liquidation, commercial-selling and signs of cash weakness. On the other hand, lean hog futures managed to recover some from Tuesday's sell-off, supported...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is moderately lower near the top of the noon hour, pressured by bearish momentum and technical selling. Lean hog contracts are currently mixed with nearby issues gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Lean hog futures are trading moderately higher in the early rounds, supported by short covering and impressive fundamentals. On the other hand, cattle contracts are mixed thanks to a combination of residual selling interest and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex collapsed further Tuesday, falling triple digits again thanks to commercial-selling, technical concerns and beef demand worries. Lean hog contracts aggressively retreated from Monday's rally, pressured by...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures continue to slide significantly lower, pressured by long liquidation, commercial selling, and cash uncertainty. Lean hog contracts are also sharply lower at midday, checked by profit taking, cash discounts, and outside...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is trading moderately lower in the early going, pressured somewhat by spillover selling and cash uncertainty. Lean hog issues have open some lower, checked by profit taking and the cash market discount.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is off to a rough start this week with triple-digit losses dominating both live and feeder contracts. On the other hand, summer lean hog futures surged sharply higher thanks to seasonally bullish fundamentals.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is significantly lower at midday as spec and commercials remain oblivious to cash premiums. On the other hand, lean hog futures are solidly higher at this time with summer contracts gaining a good deal of ground...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is under selling pressure this morning, checked by lower feedlot sales and projections of building beef production through the end of the second quarter. Lean hog contracts have opened moderately higher...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately lower, pressured by lower cash sales and ideas that beef cutouts are close to a seasonal top. Lean hog contracts seem set to open mixed with nearbys better supported than...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed lower Friday with particular selling pressure noted on summer contracts. On the other hand, the cattle complex settled narrowly mixed with live issues some higher and feeder contracts slightly lower.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are likely to open moderately higher, supported by follow-buying and the possible persistance of cash premiums. Lean hog issues should also open higher Friday morning with the help of light bull spreading...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open with mixed action, a combination of follow-through selling and pre-cash short covering. Lean hog futures are also set for uneven prices in the early rounds ties to light bull spreading and profit taking.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and cash premiums. Look for lean hog contracts you also open with a firm undertone thanks to residual buying and stronger cash sales.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed mostly higher with particular buying interest supporting June through October. Cattle contracts opened under pressure but eventually reversed sharply higher thanks to aggressive short-covering and the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures seem set to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and stronger carcass value. The cattle complex should open lower, checked by follow-through selling and supply concerns.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed sharply lower Monday, hammered by long liquidation, technical-selling and fears of early summer beef supplies. Lean hog futures settled mostly higher with the help of short-covering and slowing chain speed.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Light mixed activity is expected to be seen in all livestock trade with mixed hog price levels likely to redevelop as trade volume remains sluggish with traders returning from the weekend.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are set to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and recent cash strength. Lean hog contracts should start out some lower thanks to residual selling and uninspiring fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed sharply higher thanks to signs of greater packer spending in the country and aggressive short-covering. For the most part, lean hog issues settled modestly lower in slow trade volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex seems staged to open on a mixed basis thanks to residual selling on one hand and short-covering on the other. Lean hog issues should also begin with uneven price action with nearbys probably gaining on deferreds.

  • Dan Kerestes, director of the Statistics Division at the National Agricultural Statistics Service. (Photo courtesy of USDA NASS)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Before Dan Kerestes, director of the Statistics Division at the National Agricultural Statistics Service, changes the schedule for new cattle and hog reports, DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington hopes he reads his letter.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open with mixed prices thanks to both short covering and follow-through selling. Lean hog contracts also seem likely to open with uneven action that probably favors nearbys more than deferreds.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed with uneven price results to nearbys for the most part gaining significant ground on deferreds. Cattle futures closed in the red with selling interest especially focused on nearby feeder issues.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is significantly lower at midday as spec and commercials remain oblivious to cash premiums. On the other hand, lean hog futures are solidly higher at this time with nearbys gaining a good deal of ground on deferreds.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is cautiously mixed in the early rounds as traders dispute between positive spot fundamentals and longer-term supply worries. Lean hog issues are modestly higher tied to light short covering and ideas of slowing...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open moderately higher thanks to short-covering, cash premiums and firming carcass value. Lean hog futures should open mixed as traders slowly bide time, waiting for a more definite shift in...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    For the most part, triple-digit losses dominated the cattle complex on the last day of April, though selling energy seemed more consistent in the feeder market than in the live trade. On the other hand, lean hog contracts closed...

  • The danger of higher feed costs seems remote, but the industry is just one disaster away from that not being the case. (Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Feedlot Prospects

    A lot of factors go into the feedlot business and to be successful it's important to keep an eye on all the factors.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open significantly higher Monday, supported by residual buying interest and seasonal strength in fundamentals. On the other hand, lean hog futures are likely to open no better than mixed, tied to...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The lean hog board closed significantly lower with spot May through August especially attracting selling interest. Live and feeder cattle futures fell mostly lower with only the spot months finishing in the green.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect cattle futures to open moderately higher Thursday, supported by follow-through buying and cash optimism. Lean hog contracts should also open generally higher thanks to short-covering and seasonal odds for improving...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder cattle contracts settled solidly higher, generally erasing Tuesday's pullback and then some. Lean hog issues closed on a mixed basis with nearbys gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open with mixed prices thanks to a combination of residual selling and pre cash short taking. Lean hog contracts are likely to open mixed as well, checked by follow-throug selling and midweek profit taking.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed lower with nearby contracts losing ground on deferreds. The cattle complex settled mostly lower, fading from early session progress thanks to long liquidation and profit taking.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong initial support in cattle trade has eroded through late morning with mixed prices now creating concerns of late-day pressure.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open at least moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and improving beef demand. Lean hog contracts should open mixed thanks to residual selling on one hand and short-covering on the...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures closed sharply higher, supported by recent strength in feedlot sales and technical buying. Nearby lean hog contracts slumped with triple-digit losses tied to long liquidation and uncertain fundamentals.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is significantly higher near the top of noon hour with the feeder market plastered with triple-digit gains. Lean hog contracts are traded in the red through the morning with nearby issues especially pressured...

  • If your hamburger originated from a test tube, can it still be called "beef?" (Test tubes photo by O.S. Fisher, CC BY 2.0; DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Can protein manufactured in a test tube really be called "beef" or "meat?" That's a question the U.S. Cattlemen's Association wants USDA to answer.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open with mixed prices Monday, higher in nearby issues and lower in deferreds. Lean hog issues should also begin with uneven action, torn between firming cash and lackluster carcass value.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled significantly higher Friday with nearby live issues especially supported by greater packer spending. Lean hog contracts closed moderately lower, pressured by long liquidation and late-week profit-taking.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for hog futures to open significantly higher, supported by impressive cash strength and technical buying. The cattle complex seem set to open on a mixed basis, linked to both follow-through selling and short-covering.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    After opening higher on signs of greater packer spending in the country, live cattle futures turned over near midsession and closed with triple-digit losses. Lean hog contracts settled moderately lower for the most part, checked...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect the cattle complex to open on a firm basis, supported by follow-through buying and further short-covering. Lean hog contracts should open on a mixed basis tied to both long liquidation and cautious seasonal optimism.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open moderately lower, checked by follow-through selling and lackluster beef demand. On the other hand, hog futures should open higher thanks to stronger carcass value and ideas of seasonal market...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    As cattle bulls ran out of gas late in the trading session, live and feeder futures could manage no better than mixed settlements. Lean hog issues slumped significantly lower, pressured by the deep discount of the cash index and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open solidly higher, supported by evidence of cash market strength and technical buying. Lean hog contracts seem likely to open with mixed action tied to spreading interest and early-week...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures have put in a rather choppy morning, with both sides of the market waiting for more cash evidence to surface. Lean contracts are narrowly mixed near the top of the noon hour as spot April prepares to expire.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is moderately higher in the early going, supported by follow-through buying and ideas of firm feedlot sales. Lean hog issues are mixed in the opening round with deferreds outperforming nearbys.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for cattle contracts to open solidly higher with the help of follow-through buying and decent cash prospects. Lean hog futures will begin with a firm undertone thanks to bullish momentum and strengthening country sales.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex exploded higher Thursday, powered by aggressive short-covering, technical-buying and cash optimism. Lean hog issues also finished significantly higher, though the most ambitious buyers focused on the first four...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is sharply higher near midday, powered by aggressive short-covering, technical-buying and cash optimism. Lean hog paper also has a firm undertone thanks to stronger cash sales and spillover bullishness from the...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    With the exception of soon-to-expire April, lean hog contracts settled moderately higher, supported by short-covering and the anticipation of improving fundamentals through the spring and early summer. The cattle complex finished...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex seems set to open moderately lower, checked by struggling beef demand and cash uncertainty. Look for lean futures to begin on a mixed basis in slow and cautious volume.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    After a lackluster round of trading, cattle futures settled narrowly mixed with traders waiting to get a better feel of near -term fundamentals. Lean hog contracts also closed on both sides of unchanged with nearbys generally...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Cattle futures should open moderately lower, checked by Monday's late sell-off and uninspiring fundamentals. On the other hand, look for lean hog contacts to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and ideas of...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    For the most part, lean hog issues surged higher with triple-digit gains, sparked by aggressive short-covering and a general lessening of nervousness regarding trade war prospects. The cattle complex sold off late in the day to...

  • The extreme, canary-killing depth of June live cattle futures brings to mind Jules Verne's classic "Journey to the Center of the Earth." (Photo by m01229, CC BY 2.0)

    The Market's Fine Print

    There is still time for the U.S. and China to work out a compromise and close out their tariff story with a happy ending.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex seem set to open Monday morning moderately lower, pressured by follow-through selling and sputtering beef cutouts. Lean hog futures should also open lower, checked by defensive fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder cattle futures closed the week sharply lower, pressured by long liquidation, technical-selling and trade war worries. For the most part, lean hog futures settled moderately lower, checked by lackluster fundamentals...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder cattle futures should open on a mixed basis tied to follow-through buying and uncertain cash potential. Lean hog contracts also seem likely to open with uneven prices thanks to late-week profit-taking and ongoing...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed sharply higher, lifted by aggressive short-covering and the correction of oversold charts. Lean hog issues settled on a mixed basis with summer contracts gaining on spot April and the far deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex is likely to remain under pressure Wednesday, checked by lower feedlot sales and further long liquidation. A similar bearish momentum should sponsor another wave of early selling in lean hog futures.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures seem staged to open lower, further pressured by follow-through selling, additional worries over the impact of Chinese tariffs and faltering cash sales. Look for the cattle complex to continue to struggle in the...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Pressured by both news of domestic herd expansion and new China tariffs on U.S. pork, lean hog contracts closed sharply lower. The cattle complex also ended under selling pressure with nearbys losing ground to deferreds

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed sharply lower, hammered by a combination of long liquidation, technical-selling and sharply higher corn prices. On the other hand, lean hog futures settled narrowly mixed as traders positioned ahead of the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures seem set to jockey in a narrow price range as traders cautiously await the supply news of the March 1 H&P report. The cattle complex should also begin with uneven price action linked to residual buying on...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed significantly higher with particular buying interest enjoyed by the feeder market. Lean hog issues also settled sharply higher with summer contracts gaining on both the nearbys and deferreds.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts closed sharply lower once again, pressured by long liquidation, technical-selling and larger-than-expected February placement activity. For the most part, lean hog futures settled moderately lower, though...

  • McDonald's seems to be playing the roles of both good cop and bad cop when it comes to dealing with the beef industry. (DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Many beef producers currently struggle with torn allegiance to McDonald's thanks to recent policy announcements by the fast-food giant that seem to pull in conflicting directions.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open lower Monday, pressured by residual selling interest and uncertain cash/product prospects. Lean hog contracts are also likely to begin with a defensive undertone, checked by follow-through...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit losses in the lean hog market send prices to five-month lows. The trade was pressured by Chinese threats of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. pork. The cattle complex also closed sharply lower, pressured by long liquidation...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect lean hog futures to open significantly lower Friday, pressured by retaliatory tariffs assessed on U.S. pork by China. Cattle contracts should open moderately higher, supported by more short-covering and corrective buying...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts closed with significant gains thanks to aggressive short-covering and the technical correction of oversold charts. Conversely, lean hog futures closed sharply lower, pressured by building threats of a...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to adjust moderately higher on the opening, cautiously supported by short-covering/profit-taking and pre-report positioning. Lean hog futures should open narrowly mixed in low volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open on a mixed basis thanks to follow-through selling and midweek short-covering. Lean hog contracts should also open with uneven price action tied with nearbys and is probably better supported...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open at least moderately lower, checked by residual selling and technical bearishness. Similarly, lean hog contracts seem set to continue on the defensive, pressured by both plentiful market hog...