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 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...

  • 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

    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...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex crashed sharply lower, hammered by a combination of long liquidation and technical selling. Lean hog futures also fell hard through the opening session of the week, pressured by defensive fundamentals and a...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open on a mixed basis, a slow and cautious combination of follow-through selling and the vaulted premium status of the cash feedlot trade. Lean hog futures are also staged for uneven prices in the...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed moderately lower, pressured by a combination of long liquidation and late-week technical-selling. On the other hand, lean hog futures settled narrowly mixed on light trade volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for live and feeder contracts to open mixed this morning thanks to a combination of residual selling and late-week short-covering. Lean hog futures should also begin with uneven price action with deferreds probably gaining...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex tumbled significantly lower Thursday, pressed by long liquidation and technical-selling. Lean hog futures settled mostly higher with only spot April pressured by near-term fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed generally higher, yet all live and feeder contracts settled well below session highs. With the exception of spot April, lean hog issues settled solidly higher thanks to short-covering and the correction of...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open solidly higher, supported by higher feedlot sales and midweek short-covering. Lean hog futures are likely to begin with mixed prices thanks to follow-through buying on one hand and defensive...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    With the exception of spot April live, cattle closed lower, with feeder issues losing ground on their live counterparts. For the most part, lean hog futures finished moderately higher, supported by short covering and oversold charts.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for lean hog futures to open with uneven price action with deferreds probably gaining further ground on nearbys. Similarly, the cattle complex should open on a mixed basis thanks to follow-through selling on one hand and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    For the most part, cattle futures closed significantly lower with nearby live issues proving to be the favored target of early week sellers. Lean hog contracts settled on a mixed basis with nearbys losing ground to derreds.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is significantly lower near the top of the new hour, showing further determination to ignore cash premiums. Lean hog issues are moderately lower, pressure by reports of softer cash business.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is modestly lower in the early going, initially checked by further cash potential. Lean hog futures are moderately in the red so far this morning thanks to ongoing worries surround March fundamentals.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open moderately higher Monday, supported by follow-through short-covering and cash premiums. On the other hand, look for lean hog futures to open on a mixed basis thanks to a slow combination...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed mostly higher Friday, though most of the late buying interest was tied to nearby live contracts. Lean hog futures closed moderately lower in light trade volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open higher Friday, supported by short-covering and feedlot cash stability. Lean hog futures are likely to open lower thanks to follow-through selling and further weakness in the product trade.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts should open significantly lower, pressured by imploding carcass value and technical selling. Live and feeder futures are likely to open on a mixed basis as traders position ahead of cash news.

  • Spring calving season promises to keep ranchers busy, and maybe a little sleep deprived, in the coming months. (Photo courtesy of USDA Agricultural Research Service)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Ranchers currently find themselves knee-deep in midwifing the lion's share of what promises to be the largest calf crop since 2007.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures seem set to open lower, checked by follow-through selling and sharply lower carcass value. Look for the cattle complex to begin with mixed prices thanks to a combination of residual selling and short-covering.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures should open Tuesday morning moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and stronger carcass value. The cattle complex should also resume trading on a firm basis thanks to residual buying interest and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed sharply higher with triple-digit gains dominating both live and feeder markets. Lean hog contracts also scored a decent round of recovery, though most of the buying interest was focused on the first...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should start the week on a mixed basis thanks to follow-through selling on one hand and short-covering tied to cash premiums on the other. Lean hog futures also seem likely to resume trading Monday with...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed significantly lower Friday, pressured by further long liquidation and technical selling. On the other hand, lean hog contracts settled on a mixed basis thanks to a combination of follow through selling and...

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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 short-covering on the other. Lean hog futures should also see uneven price action in the early rounds, tied to follow-through selling...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog contracts slipped to new lows again, pressured by follow-through selling and ongoing supply concerns. The cattle complex settled on a mixed basis thanks to a slow combination of residual selling and profit-taking.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean futures should open on the defensive, pressured by follow-through selling and eroding carcass value. Look for the cattle complex to begin with mixed price actions thanks to residual selling on one hand and short-covering on...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures settled significantly lower at the conclusion of a very choppy session with feeder issues losing ground to their live counterparts. Lean hog contracts also closed lower with the first four months suffering...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for cattle futures to open on a mixed basis thanks to follow-through buying on one hand and long liquidation on the other. Lean hog contracts are also expected to begin with uneven price action with nearbys losing more...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled higher with the best buying interest in the feeder trade. Lean hog futures settled on a mixed basis with deferreds gaining on the spring and early summer issues.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open Monday moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and technical possibilities. Lean hog issues should also begin with a firm undertone with the help of ideas of further cash strength and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed significantly higher on Friday, led by triple-digit gains in the feeder market. For the most part, lean hog issues settled moderately higher, supported by renewed cash strength.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Hog futures are mixed in early business with nearby contracts gaining on deferreds. The cattle complex so far this morning is mixed in the live trade and moderately lower in the feeder market.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex is staged to open higher, supported by follow-through buying and perceived technical opportunities. Lean hog issues should also begin with a firm undertone with the help of short-covering and bull-spreading.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures exploded higher Thursday, closing at the highest price levels since last November. Lean hog contracts settled solidly higher, led by spot February racing to catch the firming cash trade.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex is sharply higher near the top of the noon hour thanks to aggressive short covering and first-of-the-month fund buying. At the same time, lean hog futures are moderately higher, leading by cash-driven spot Feb.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Live and feeder futures have opened moderately higher thanks to short covering and the premium status of cash sales. Lean hog contracts are mixed in the early going with spot Feb outperformng deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures should open on a mixed basis with spot February better supported than deferreds. On the other hand, the cattle complex is staged to open moderately lower, pressured by follow-through selling and further long...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed significantly lower with feeder issues attracting the most selling interest. Lean hog contracts closed mostly lower with only spot February settling higher.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex remains under pressure as contracts move into the session's final hour. With the firm exception of spot February, lean hog futures are moderately lower, checked by long liquidation and technical selling.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is trading lower in the early round, pressured by long liquidation and cash uncertainty. Lean hog issues are most higher, supported by short covering and the premium of the cash market.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately higher, supported by short-covering and cash premiums. Hog contracts seem set to begin on a mixed basis thanks to residual selling and short-covering.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex settled mixed in the live market and moderately higher in the feeder trade. With slight progress recorded by spot February, most lean issues finished modestly lower.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures are under pressure near the top of the noon hour, weighed by long liquidation and outside markets. At the same time, lean hog contracts are moderately lower with only spot Feb holding close to unchanged.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The cattle complex is moderately lower in the early going, pressured by long liquidation and cash uncertainty. Lean hog issues are also pressured this more with April losing ground to spot February and deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open higher, supported by cash premiums and strengthening carcass value. Lean hog issues seem geared for a mixed opening tied to slow short-covering and long liquidation.

  • Canada's government currently appears to be flying the flag for Canadian cattlemen more than the U.S. government is for the U.S. beef industry. (DTN file photos)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Between raising its national beef checkoff by 150% and joining 10 other countries in reaching an agreement on a revised Trans-Pacific Partnership, Canada has gained a leg up on its beef partner and competitor to the south.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open sharply higher as discounted futures run toward cash premiums. Lean hog issues are likely to open at least moderately higher, supported by short covering, firming carcass value, and spillover support...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex roared back into the passing lane Friday with triple-digit gains supported by technical-buying and cash optimism. In contrast, lean hog issues closed modestly lower in slow volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open lower thanks to follow-through selling but could quickly turn mixed as traders position ahead of cash and on feed news. Lean hog contracts also seem likely to open on a soft basis thanks to...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    After trading higher for most of the session, cattle futures collapsed late in the day to settle with triple-digit losses. Lean hog contracts also closed under pressure, especially in April through August.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and firming carcass value. Lean hog futures should begin on a mixed basis thanks to both long liquidation and short-covering.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open higher, supported by follow-through buying and technical enthusiasm. Lean hog issues are likely to open on a mixed basis thanks to both residual selling and short-covering.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and cash market optimism. On the other hand, lean hog contracts seem likely to begin Tuesday with mixed prices thanks to a slow combination...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed substantially higher for the most part, though live contracts attracted more selling interest than their feeder counterparts. Lean hog issues settled moderately lower in light trade volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open solidly higher, supported by stronger feedlot sales on Friday and technical buying interest. Lean hog issues are also likely to begin Monday with a firm undertone thanks to the premium status of the...