John Harrington

DTN Livestock Analyst
John Harrington

John Harrington has been DTN's Livestock Analyst since 1985 and has been actively involved in the livestock business for nearly 30 years.

 

A 1974 graduate of Hastings College, Hastings, Neb., John in the late 1970s and early 1980s managed a large commercial cattle feeding operation as well as a 3,000 head swine finishing floor. In 1984, he started "Feel of the Market," a consulting firm specializing in fed and feeder cattle marketing. His weekly newsletter "Feel of the Market" continues to be circulated among cattle feeders, ranchers, and meat processors throughout the U.S. and Canada.

 

Harrington has regularly contributed to livestock newspapers and magazines. The Livestock Publication Council has repeatedly recognized his writing for its excellence in market analysis, risk management and humor. He writes a monthly humor column, "Harrington's World" for Progressive Farmer magazine.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    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...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog contracts settled on both sides of unchanged with nearbys generally losing ground to deferred counterparts. The cattle complex finished mostly lower, though general price erosion was not very pronounced.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for live and feeder futures to open moderately higher thanks to a combination of cash premiums and technical buying. Lean hog paper should also begin with a firm undertone, girded by short-covering and the strength of the...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed generally mixed, scrambled by follow-through buying and short-covering. Similarly lean hog contracts closed with uneven prices, higher in deferreds and lower in nearbys.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and impressive feedlot sales. Lean hog futures seem also likely to begin with a firm undertone thanks in part to the premium status of the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    On one hand, cattle futures seem ready to open moderately higher, supported by residual buying interest and ideas of further cash progress close at hand. On the other hand, lean hog issues are staged to begin some lower based...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are staged to open higher, supported by residual buying interest and ideas of further cash strength. Lean hog contracts should also open with a firm undertone and constructive fundamentals.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts closed with decent price progress, supported by follow-through buying and recent cash progress. Lean hog futures settled on a mixed basis, though the first six issues finished consistently higher.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open higher Tuesday, supported by follow-through buying and further gains in the cash market late last week. Lean hog futures should also begin with a firm undertone, sparked by positive...

  • The only way the beef industry family holds together from cycle to cycle is taking turns picking each other's pockets, an old-timer once told DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington. (Chromolithograph by T. Merry, 1890; courtesy of Wellcome Library, London)

    The Market's Fine Print

    The good news for cattle feeders in 2017 is that, after nearly two years of devastating losses, supply (and demand) realities have finally turned in their favor.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder cattle futures closed sharply higher, supported by aggressive short-covering and cash optimism. Lean hog futures settled mostly higher, supported by generally constructive fundamentals and spec-buying.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open with uneven action as traders position ahead of late-week cash and engage in last minute profit-taking. Lean hog issues should also open on a mixed basis thanks to spillover buying and late...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder futures closed sharply lower, checked by follow-through selling, long liquidation and struggling wholesale beef demand. On the other hand, lean hog contracts settled narrowly mixed at the conclusion of a lackluster...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open moderately lower, checked by follow-through selling and defensive cutouts. Lean hog contracts are set to open solidly higher thanks to signs of improvement fundamentals.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect the cattle complex to open with follow-through strength thanks to technical buying and rising cash prospects. Lean hog contracts should also start out moderately higher, supported by higher country sales and spillover...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expect live and feeder cattle futures to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and cash premiums. Along the same lines, lean hog contracts should resume trading with moderate strength, boosted by positive...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed sharply higher, supported by late short-covering and the premium status of recent feedlot sales. For the most part, lean hog contracts settled moderately higher with only spot Feb slipping some lower.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    With the exception of spot February live, cattle contracts closed Friday's session with modest gains, supported by light short-covering and pre-weekend profit-taking. On the other hand, lean hog contracts closed mixed with nearby...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately lower, pressured by follow-through selling and defensive cutouts. Look for lean hog issues to start out with mixed prices thanks to both long liquidation and short-covering.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog contracts finished mostly higher with only a few issues in the far deferreds scoring modest losses. The cattle complex closed on a mixed note tied to a slow combination of profit-taking and short-covering.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Cattle paper seems likely to open on a mixed basis thanks to a combination of light bull-spreading and profit-taking. Lean hog futures should also open with uneven price action with deferred losing more ground to nearby.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures closed mixed in the live market and significantly lower in the feeder market. On the other hand, lean hog settled mostly higher with nearby issues gaining on their deferred counterparts.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex is likely to open on a mixed basis thanks to residual selling on one hand and short-covering on the other. Hog futures should resume trading Wednesday with moderately lower prices, checked by follow-through...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog contracts settled mostly lower at the conclusion of the new year's first round of business, especially the first three issues. The cattle complex finished lower in the live trade and mixed in the feeder market.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open solidly higher, supported by early-year short-covering and cash premiums. Lean hog contracts should also open on a firm basis thanks to spillover buying and signs of decent pork demand.

  • Amazon Echo's Alexa has an embarrassingly poor knowledge and wisdom base when it comes to almost anything country, John Harrington discovered. (DTN photo illustration by Scott Kemper)

    Market's Fine Print

    Amazon's new gadget Echo needs work if it wants a farm and ranch future, in DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington's opinion.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    For the most part, the cattle complex closed lower with triple-digit losses dominating the feeder trade. Conversely, lean hog contracts settled higher with nearby issues surging ahead of deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open solidly higher, supported by aggressive packer spending in the country and follow-through buying. Lean hog contracts are likely to begin on a mixed basis with nearbys holing up better than...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures surged to a six-month high Thursday for the front-month contract, thanks to strong demand for livestock and beef.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are likely to open at least moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying, rising carcass value, and cash optimism On the other hand, lean hog contracts should begin with mixed price action in...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex is staged to open with uneven prices thanks to residual selling and short covering. Look for hog contracts to also start out on a mixed basis linked to follow-through buying on one hand and hog market worries...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex seems likely to open Tuesday moderately higher, supported by cash premiums and decent late-year beef demand. Look for lean hog issues to begin somewhat on the defensive thanks to residual selling interest tied...