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 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.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Nearby lean hog futures closed moderately higher, supported by bull-spreading and ideas of improving fundamentals through the early summer. The cattle complex settled solidly higher thanks to late-week short-covering and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open higher, supported by follow-through buying and cash premiums. On the other hand, lean hog contracts seem likely to open on a mixed basis thanks to light bull spreading and late-week long...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    For the most part, feeder cattle futures scored triple-digit gains, supported by short-covering and lower action in the corn trade. Lean hog contracts settled on a mixed basis with summer months advancing on deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex is expected to open moderately lower, checked by lower cash sales and defensive carcass value. Lean hog futures seem set to trade higher in the early rounds, thanks in part to the jump in carcass value and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for lean hog contracts to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and stronger carcass value. On the other hand, the cattle complex should begin some checked by residual selling interest and uncertain...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open mixed Tuesday thanks to an early combination of residual selling and short-covering. Lean hog issues should also begin with uneven prices tied in part to light bull spreading.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts were slammed with triple-digit losses Monday thanks to aggressive long liquidation and cash market worries. The lean hog trade settled mixed, with nearbys losing ground to deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open higher, supported by follow-through and cash premiums. Similarly, lean hog contracts should begin with a firm undertone thanks to improving fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder cattle futures closed sharply higher on Friday, supported by confirmation that China would start importing U.S. beef this summer for the first time in more than 13 years. For the most part, lean hog contracts...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open on a mixed basis thanks to residual selling on one hand and late-week short-covering on the other. Lean hog contracts should also begin with mixed prices tied to light bull spreading and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed lower, led by triple-digit losses in feeder futures. With the exception of spot May, lean hog issues settled moderately lower, pressured by profit taking and long liquidation.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Cattle futures seem likely to open moderately higher, supported by short-covering, firming cutouts and cash premiums. Hog contracts should also trade some higher in the opening rounds with the help of bull-spreading interest and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled on a mixed basis with nearby issues generally losing ground to their deferred counterparts. Lean hog futures also closed with uneven prices tied in part to light bear spreading and profit-taking.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts opened higher but closed aggressively lower, hammered late by long liquidation and nervousness regarding seasonal top. On a much calmer stage, lean hog futures closed narrowly mixed in light trade volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex is staged to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and cash premiums. Lean hog futures should also begin with a firm tone thanks to light bull spread and positive fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    With the exception of spot June live, cattle contracts recovered with triple-digit gains, supported by aggressive short-covering and the ongoing premium status of feedlot cash. Lean hog issues settled higher with June catching...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open the week with mixed price action, pressured on one hand by residual selling and supported on the other by cash premiums and short covering. Lean hog futures also seem set to trade unevenly in the...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Aggressive long liquidation pressured live and feeder futures just before the weekend. Lean hog contracts settled on a mixed basis with early summer contracts losing ground to both spot may and far deferreds.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    A large wave of long liquidation is crashing down on the cattle complex at midday with several live and feeder contracts down the limit. Lean hog futures are calm by contrast with prices narrowly mixed in light trade volume.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is under significant selling pressure this morning, checked by long liquidation and top picking worries. On the other hand, lean hog contracts are narrowly mixed at this time with light trade volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open moderately higher, supported by higher cut-outs and tall feedlot premiums. Lean hog futures are geared to open on a mixed basis with further interest in bull spreading activity.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    After opening significantly higher Thursday, cattle futures eroded through the trading session and closed substantially below tops of the day. The front half of the lean hog trade settled moderately higher, supported by...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    With the exception of spot June live, cattle futures are sharply lower at midday, crashing from substantial early session highs. On the other hand, lean hog issues have held mixed prices through the morning with nearbys...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Triple-digit-gains dominate the cattle complex through the opening hour, powered by follow-through buying and yesterday's huge surge in feedlot cash. Lean hog futures are mixed in the early going with nearbys advancing on...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for live and feeder duties to close sharply higher, boosted by technical buying, short-covering, and ever-tall cash premiums. Lean hog contracts seem set to open moderately higher, supported by spillover buying and technically...

  • How much longer can the spending spree for cloned dinosaurs and market-ready cattle last? (Dronte dodo Raphus cucullatus by Jebulon, public domain; T-Rex by mcdlttx, CC BY 2.0; DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)

    The Market's Fine Print

    The bullish persistence and velocity of fed cattle prices almost seems worthy of a fantasy film by Steven Spielberg.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder issues rocketed higher with June and August live locking up the 300-point limit. Lean hog contracts settled significantly higher with nearbys powering ahead of deferreds.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The front end of the cattle complex is sharply higher in the opening rounds, supported by cash premiums and surging carcass value. Nearby lean hog issues are also sporting triple-digit gains in the early going.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open moderately higher, supported by bull spreading and firm cash expectations. Lean hog contracts should also begin with a firm undertone tied to technical buying and improving fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed on a firm basis Tuesday, though most contracts settled well below session highs. Lean hog futures settled moderately higher, supported by reports of cash strength and some bull-spreading interest.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are significantly higher in the early rounds, supported by higher cut-outs and ideas if cash stability. Lean hog issues are mixed at this time with nearby contracts gaining on their deferred counterparts.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder cattle futures should open solidly higher, supported by stronger carcass value and feedlot premium sales. Lean hog contracts are also set to open higher thanks to expectations for more constructive fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures settled mixed in the live market and solidly lower in the feeder trade. Lean hog contracts closed moderately lower through 2017 and modestly higher in far deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex at the CME to open solidly higher, supported by follow-through buying and cash premiums. Lean hog futures should also begin a with firm undertone thanks to technical buying and ideas of seasonal...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open substantially higher, supported by follow-through buying and new cash premiums. Lean hog futures should also benefit Friday from Thursday's bullish momentum.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open solidly higher, supported by follow-through buying, technical encouragement, and cash optimism. Lean hog contracts are likely to begin moderately lower, checked by residual selling and uncertain...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures exploded higher with most months settling at new contract highs. Lean hog issues closed lower, pressured by long liquidation and the reassertion of cattle/hog spreads.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Livestock buyer support develops early Monday as traders quickly step into cattle and hog futures. The ability to rally hog markets higher continues to focus on the potential for follow through gains and potential longer term...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for lean hog issues to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and bottom-picking interest. The cattle complex is geared to begin with mixed prices thanks to residual selling and short-covering.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit losses rocked cattle futures thanks to long liquidation and bearish reaction to larger-than-expected March placement activity confirmed on Friday. On the other hand, nearby lean hog futures bounced significantly higher.

  • Breakevens for feedlots have corrected themselves, setting the table for significant profit potential.(DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Chris Clayton)

    Economic Recovery

    The feedlot business has finally emerged from a multibillion-dollar equity drain. More importantly, it now seems set to generally enjoy a prolonged period of economic recovery.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Active trade is seen in cattle futures early Monday. This movement has quickly developed through the complex and is starting to soften buyer support seen through the complex over the last couple of weeks. Mixed activity is...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle contracts to open on a mixed basis, torn between cash premiums and bearish on feed news. Lean hog futures also seem set for uneven price action in the early rounds with light trade volume.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures are solidly lower at near midday, pressured by long liquidation and technical selling. On the other hand live and feeder contracts are mostly higher in slow, pre-report actions. Corn futures are fractionally higher...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is moderately higher so far this morning, supported by follow-through buying and positive springtime fundamentals. Lean hog issues are mixed in the early rounds with light trade volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis thanks to profit-taking and positioning ahead of the April 1 Cattle on Feed report. Lean hog futures are also likely to open with uneven prices tied to follow-through selling and...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    For the most part, cattle futures are holding well in the green near the top of the noon hour, supported by higher cash sales booked on Wednesday and follow-through buying. Lean hog contracts seem to be imploding with triple...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for live and feeder contracts to open sharply higher, sparked by bullish spending by short-bought packers. Conversely, lean hog issues should start out moderately lower, checked by follow-through selling and long liquidation.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex reversed from early strength near late morning and then seemed to rediscover buying interest. At the same time, lean hog futures at midday thanks to long liquidation and technical selling.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Live and cattle futures are holding decent gains through the first hour of trading, supported by ideas of greater packer spending potential later this week. Lean hog contracts are significantly lower on poor buying interest and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open with uneven prices thanks to a combination of residual buying interest and profit-taking. Along the same lines, lean hog contracts should also begin on a mixed basis tied to follow-through selling...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feed futures should open solidly higher, boosted further by follow-through buying and ongoing cash optimism. Lean hog issues are expected to open moderately lower, pressured by residual selling interest and uninspiring...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is significantly higher at midday with feeder contracts leading the bullish charge. On the other hand, the lean hog trade is moderately lower thanks to long liquidation and uncertain fundamentals.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Live and cattle futures are holding decent gains through the first hour of trading, supported by evidence of decent packer spending on Thursday. Lean hog contracts are moderately lower on poor buying intertest and uncertain...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex at the CME to open solidly higher, supported by greater packer spending on Thursday and short-covering. Lean hog issues seem likely to begin with moderate gains, helped a bit by the premium of the...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and aggressive packer procurement in feedlot country. Lean hog issues settled modestly higher, boosted by late-week short-covering and pre-holiday...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    After a slow start of momentary profit taking, cattle futures near the noon hour has clearly resumed the week's impressive march forward. Lean hog contracts are narrowly mixed at midday in a slow and featureless trade.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are moderately lower this morning, pressured by pre-cash profit-taking and long liquidation. At the same time, hog contracts are mostly lower in the early rounds, pressured by follow-through selling and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately higher, braced by follow-through buying and cash optimist. Lean hog issues are likely to open moderately lower, checked by residual selling and softening carcass value.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The lean hog board settled significantly lower with summer months attracting the most selling interest. Cattle futures closed solidly higher, though well below early session highs.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Clearly claiming momentum, live and feeder futures should open with solid gains, supported by follow-through buying and improving carcass value. Lean hog issues seem likely to open mixed with summer contracts probably outperforming...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures settled with wall-to-wall triple-digit gains, powered by sharply higher cut-outs, technical bullishness, and China hopes. For the most part, lean hog contracts closed moderately higher with the help of...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder cattle contracts should open moderately higher, supported by residual buying and ideas of cash stability. Similarly, lean hog futures are likely to also open with a firm undertone, boosted by follow-through buying...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex started the week with a round of impressive price progress, fueled by follow-through buying and cash premiums. Lean hog futures also found the right foot Monday, closing with decent gains, especially in the far...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open higher, supported by follow-through buying and pre-cash short-covering. Lean hog issues are also likely to open with a firm undertone thanks to residual buying interest and late-week profit-taking.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures settled significantly higher with triple-digit gains scored in nearly all 2017 contracts. The cattle complex also closed by reversing higher with feeders outpacing their live counterparts.

  • Given enough beer and hot dog vendors working the aggregate crowd, Cub fans and pork producers alike could be easily enticed to exchange cheers for the opening of the baseball season and the expansionary takeaway of the March 1 Hogs and Pigs report. (Pig by be_khe, CC BY 2.0; DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Baseball and the U.S. pork industry both just launched a long and unpredictable season.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for cattle to remain on the defensive Wednesday, pressured by follow-through selling and eroding carcass values. Similarly, expect lean hog contracts to open moderately lower, checked by further long liquidation and technical...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect the cattle complex to open with uneven price action as trader focus waivers between cash premiums and struggling beef carcass value. At the same time, lean hog futures should also begin with mixed business in light volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex is expected to open Monday with mixed prices thanks to short-covering on one hand and beef demand worries on the other. Lean hog futures are likely to also begin with uneven action in the early going as...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled mostly higher with feeder issues gaining on their live counterparts. Lean hog contracts settled mixed, mostly lower in the nearbys and modestly higher in the far deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures are likely to open on a mixed basis thanks to follow-through buying on one hand and long liquidation on the other. Live and feeder contracts should also begin with uneven price action tied to residual selling...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Summer lean hog contracts recovered by triple digits thanks to pre-H&P report positioning. On the other hand, the cattle complex slumped significantly lower with the sharpest bearish focus on the feeder trade.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex scored solid progress Wednesday with triple-digit gains in the feeder trade leading the way. On the other hand, lean hog contracts settled on a mixed basis with nearbys gaining in deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for lean hog futures to open moderately lower, checked by follow-through selling and worsening carcass value. The cattle complex should begin with mixed prices as traders position ahead of the sharpening on cash market...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed moderately lower, pressured by follow-through selling and pork demand worries. For the most part, live and feeder contracts settled moderately higher with the help of short-covering and profit-taking.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed sharply lower with triple-digit losses more pervasive in the feeder trade than the live market. Lean hog issues also plummeted lower, pressured by long liquidation and technical-selling.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is mixed near the top of the noon hour with live contracts moderately higher and feeder issues narrowly uneven. For the most part, hug futures are in the red at midday with deferreds losing ground to spot April.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open significantly lower with early selling linked to China's decision to lifts its general ban on Brazilian meat. Lean hog issues are also likely to begin on the defensive thanks to follow-through selling and...