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 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.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures seem likely to open moderately higher, cautiously supported by short-covering and the persistence of cash premiums. Lean hog contracts should begin with mixed prices thanks to a slow combination of long...

  • 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...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog contracts closed sharply lower with triple-digit losses suffered by spot April through August. The cattle complex closed mixed but well below early session highs.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open on a mixed basis this morning as traders position ahead of cash news and the March 1 on feed report. Lean hog issues should also being with uneven price actions thanks to follow-through...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    After trading lower through most of the session, lean hog contracts abruptly reversed to close with triple-digit gains. The cattle complex settled moderately lower, trimmed by profit-taking and the general lack of cash news.

  • Charges by Brazilian investigators that health inspectors were bribed to overlook the sale of expired meats have prompted several countries to impose partial or full import bans on Brazilian meat. (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Brazil's scandal involving the sale of expired meats could turn out to be good news for U.S. beef exporters, but DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington believes bullish conjecture by cash and futures markets is premature at this...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts are expected to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and large cash premiums. Look for lean hog contracts to trade moderately lower in the early going, checked by residual selling...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for cattle paper to open on a mixed basis, torn between long liquidation and large cash premiums. Lean hog futures should also begin with uneven price action thanks to residual selling and short-covering.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled mostly higher, supported by follow-through buying and feedlot cash premiums. On the other hand, lean hog issues closed narrowly mixed at the conclusion of a lackluster round of business.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for live and feeder cattle futures to open moderately higher, supported by residual buying interest and cash premiums. On the other hand, lean hog contracts are likely to open moderately lower, checked by follow-through...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open significantly higher, supported by follow-through buying and the still tall reality of feedlot cash premiums. Lean hog contracts are expected to begin with mixed price action tied to both short...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed significant higher, boosted by short-covering and historically large cash premiums. On the other hand, lean hog futures settled narrowly mixed with a general lack of price direction.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open with impressive gains, supported by growing cash premiums. Lean hog contracts are likely to begin with mixed prices thanks to a combination of residual selling and short covering.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to begin this morning with mixed price action thanks to a combination of follow-through selling and pre-cash short covering. Lean hog contracts should also open with uneven prices, narrowly scattered...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts failed to capitalize on Monday's advance, reversing instead thanks to profit-taking and technical selling. On the other hand, lean hog futures were generally successful in moderately extending Monday's rally.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for lean hog futures to open higher, supported by follow-through buying and technical advances scored on Monday. Live and feeder cattle contracts should open with considerable strength with feeders probably gaining further...

  • Though Louis Dinklage has been dead for more than 30 years, his name still causes more than a few ears in feedlot country to perk up. (Photo courtesy of Drovers)

    The Market's Fine Print

    The release of USDA's Feb. 1 Cattle on Feed report sparked DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington's memories of large-scale cattle-feeding pioneer Louis Dinklage.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open solidly higher, supported by follow-through buying and stubbornly bullish fundamentals. Lean hog futures seem likely to resume lackluster trading Monday in a narrow price range.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and cattle futures closed sharply higher right before the weekend break, supported by aggressive short-covering and positive fundamentals. On the other hand, lean hog issues settled narrowly mixed at the conclusion of a...

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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 constructive fundamentals. On the other hand, hog paper is expected to start out no better than mixed, chopping between...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed higher, though feeder contracts significantly outperformed their live counterparts. For the most part, lean hog futures settled moderately lower, checked by long liquidation and profit taking.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts are well supported as traders prepare to move into the last hour of business. Lean hog futures are narrowly mixed with neither buyers not sellers very interested in pushing the market argument.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open substantially higher, supported by greater packer spending in the country and follow-through buying. On the other hand, lean hog futures should open on a mixed basis with nearbys gaining somewhat...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open mixed tied to residual selling and pre-cash short-covering. Similarly, lean hog contracts should open with uneven price action in slow volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Summary: The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis tied to a combination of spillover selling and light short covering. Similarly, lean hog contract will probably lack consistent direction on the opening with cautious trade volume.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog futures scored a moderate rebound to start the week, cautiously supported by short-covering and cash premiums. On the other hand, cattle issues settled mostly lower linked to long liquidation and limited buying interest.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex seem set to open some higher this morning, supported by short covering and the tall premium of recent feedlot sales. On the other hand, lean hog issues are likely to begin with mixed prices thanks to a...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog contracts closed sharply lower from April through August, pressured by long liquidation and deteriorating fundamentals. On the other hand, cattle contracts closed mostly higher thanks to late-week short-covering and the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts seem set to open moderately higher, supported by late week profit taking and cash market premiums. Lean futures should start out some higher this morning as spec and commercials take profits before...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex crashed sharply lower with aggressive long liquidation thumbing its nose to further evidence of cash strength. For the most part, lean hog futures settled modestly lower thanks in part to lackluster buying...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect live and feeder futures to resume trading this morning with a firm undertone, generally supported by rising carcass value and cash premiums. Look for hog contracts to open some higher with the help of short covering and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to begin with a firm undertone, supported by follow-through buying and rising carcass value. Lean hog contracts should open on a mixed basis tied to lackluster profit taking and uncertain fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures surged sharply higher, spurred by aggressive short-covering and cash optimism. Far less dramatically, lean hog closed mixed with deferred generally gaining on nearbys.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is mixed as traders move toward midmorning, moderately higher in the live market and lower in the feeder trade. Lean hog contracts are narrowly mixed in light trade volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex is geared ti open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and constructive fundamentals. Conversely, lean hog futures are likely to open moderately lower, checked by long liquidation and pork demand...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed significantly higher Monday with feeder issues gaining ground on their live counterparts. On the other hand, hog futures settled narrowly mixed, suspended between tall cash premiums and uncertain product...

  • When it comes to contentious U.S. relations with Mexico, Presidents James K. Polk and Donald J. Trump could turn out to be the perfect bookends. (Courtesy photos)

    The Market's Fine Print

    While President James Polk had plenty of critics when he went to war with Mexico in the first half of the 19th century, his army occupied a good chunk of the far West by the time all the smoke cleared. Is it possible that...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open higher, supported by encouraging fundamentals and the premium structure of feedlot cash. Lean hog contracts should also begin with a firm undertone tied to short covering the adjustments of...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    With the exception of spot February, live cattle futures closed sharply lower, pressured by long liquidation and a general lack of buying interest. On the other hand, lean hog contracts settled sharply higher, supported by...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open Friday morning moderately higher, supported by residual buying and positive fundamentals. Lean hog futures are likely to start out with mixed prices thanks to spillover selling and short-covering.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live cattle futures closed with mostly solid gains, supported by follow-through buying and cash market premiums. On the other hand, lean hog contracts slumped solidly lower, weighed by long liquidation and struggling carcass value.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures seem staged for higher ground Thursday, supported by follow-through buying and aggressive packer spending in feedlot country. On the other hand, lean hog issues should open moderately lower, checked by...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder issues should open with a firm undertone, supported by follow-through buying and positive cash expectations. On the other hand, hog contracts seem likely to begin with mixed price action with a combination of...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open moderately higher, supported by early-week short-covering and the premium status of recent feedlot sales. Lean hog issues should also open on a firm basis thanks to follow-through buying and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed significantly higher with nearby live contracts attracting the most buying interest. Lean hog issues also settled solidly higher, supported by short-covering and cash premiums.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect the cattle complex to open on a mixed basis as traders cautiously position ahead of cash news. Lean hog contracts should also begin unevenly thanks to cash premiums on one hand and softer carcass values on another.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts should open moderately higher, supported by short covering and the cash market premium. On the other hand, the cattle complex is likely to begin with mixed priced action tied to spillover selling and the premium...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures settled with uneven results, mostly lower in the live market and moderately higher in the feeder trade. Lean hog issues finished mostly lower with deferreds holding up better than nearbys.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex seem to set to open solidly higher, supported by follow-through buying and recent feedlot premiums. Lean hog futures should also open with a firm undertone, spurred by bullish momentum and positive fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    For the most part, lean hog futures closed sharply higher, supported by short covering and new speculative buying. The cattle complex also rolled significantly higher with triple-digit progress virtually dominating the feeder market.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex at the CME should open on a mixed basis, pushed and pulled by follow-through selling and short covering. Lean hog issues should also open on both sides of unchanged with nearby outperforming deferred.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures closed solidly lower with deferreds losing more ground the deferreds. For the most part, lean hog contracts settled in the red with soon-to-be-spot April catching most of the bearish heat.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for cattle futures to open on a mixed basis thanks to a combination of residual selling and early-week short-covering. Lean hog contracts should also begin with uneven price action tied to bull-spreading and profit-taking.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts seem likely to open on a mixed basis thanks to a combination of residual buying on one hand and late-week long liquidation on the other. Look for lean hog futures to begin with uneven price action tied...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed higher with feeder contracts gaining substantially on their live counterparts. On the other hand, lean futures settled mostly lower, checked by profit taking and ideas of technical correction.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

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

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for live and feeder futures to open on a mixed basis thanks to follow-through buying on one hand and long liquidation on the other. Lean hog contracts should begin with moderate strength, supported by spillover buying...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex seem likely to open on a firm basis, supported by follow-through buying and late-week short-covering. Lean hog futures should begin moderately higher thanks to ongoing constructive fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures closed sharply higher, supported by short-covering and ideas of oversold market conditions. Lean hog contracts settled on a mixed basis with nearbys higher and deferreds lower.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures are bouncing higher in the early rounds, supported by short covering and profit taking. Lean hog contracts for the most part are moderately lower with only spot Feb advancing thanks to cash strength.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are bouncing higher in the early rounds, supported by short covering and profit taking. Lean hog contracts for the most part are moderately lower with only spot Feb advancing thanks to cash strength.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect live and feeder futures to open with mixed prices thanks to a combination of residual selling and short-covering. Lean hog contracts should also trade unevenly in the early going with nearby issues gaining on deferred.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog contracts cooled a bit Wednesday following Tuesday's big surge, closing no better than mixed with nearby gaining on deferred. The cattle complex finished lower in the feeder trade and unevenly in the live market.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts are mostly lower through the opening hour, checked by follow-through selling and cash uncertainty. At the same time, lean hog futures are mixed thanks to a combo of bull spreading and profit taking.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and strengthening fundamentals. Conversely, cattle futures seem likely to begin some lower, pressured by residual selling and long liquidation.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Nearby hog contracts advanced by triple digits, supported by improving fundamentals and technical buying. The cattle complex settled solidly lower with feeders losing ground to their live counterparts.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cash cattle trade is dead quiet at midday with starter bids tough to find. Some asking prices have been note here and there (e.g., $120-122 in the South, $192-194 in the North).

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex opened lower on follow-through selling, but has turned higher through the first hour thanks to short covering and profit taking. Lean hog futures are well supported this morning thanks to bull spreading and...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open on a mixed basis thanks to a combination of residual selling and short-covering. Lean hog issues should begin some higher, supported by cash premiums and improving carcass value.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures closed sharply lower, slammed by triple-digit losses tied to outside markets and December's larger-than-expected placement activity. On the other hand, lean hog contracts settled narrowly mixed at the...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Completing a week of yo-yo action, lean hog futures rebounded with triple-digit gains, supported by short-covering and cash premiums. On the other hand, cattle futures closed moderately lower in the live trade and mixed in the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are set to open some higher, supported by short-covering, firming cutouts, and cash premiums. Lean hog contracts should also open with some strength, lifted by short-covering and profit-taking prior to...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures closed sharply lower, hammered by long liquidation and technical selling. Lean hog contracts also stumbled badly on the close, essentially surrendering Wednesday's big surge.

  • Everyone who can tell the difference between a Bloodhound and a Chihuahua needs to make sure that the president knows that farmers and ranchers can't be made great again all by themselves, DTN Analyst John Harrington contends. (Photo by Alfred Brumm, CC BY 2.0)

    The Market's Fine Print

    We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American," President Donald Trump said in his inaugural speech. DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington argues that dog won't hunt in agriculture's neck of the woods because the...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures are moderately lower near the top of the noon hour, pressured by further long liquidation and cash uncertainty. Lean hog contracts are also under some pressure, checked by profit taking following...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex has opened moderately lower this morning, extended a lackluster tone tied in part to cash uncertainty and questions surrounding the January 1 on feed report to be released on Friday. Lean hog contracts are...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures seem geared to open Thursday moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and appreciating carcass value. Conversely, expect the cattle complex to begin no better than mixed as traders continue to...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed sharply higher, supported by pork price demand and cash premiums. Cattle futures closed mixed in the live market and lower in the feeder trade.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit gains deck nearby hog futures near the noon hour thanks to signs of renewed pork demand and the premium status of recent cash sales. At the same time, the cattle complex is moderately lower in choppy action.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Lean hog futures are sharply higher in the early rounds as traders react to signs of stronger pork demand. On the other hand, cattle paper is trading moderately lower for the most part, checked by long liquidation and product...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for hog futures to open moderately higher, supported by stronger carcass value and cash premiums. On the other hand, live and feeder contracts should open on a mixed basis as traders continue to position ahead of cash...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open narrowly mixed thanks to a combination of profit-taking and cash uncertainty. The lean hog trade is also likely to lack price direction Tuesday, though nearbys could be better supported than...