John Harrington

DTN Livestock Analyst
John Harrington

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

 

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

 

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

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex 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...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex is likely to open mixed as traders jockey ahead of last week's cash developments. Lean hog issues should also begin with uneven price action in slow volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open higher, supported by follow-through buying and cash optimism. Lean hog contracts are likely to open on a mixed basis thanks to residual selling on one hand and short covering on the other.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts soared sharply higher, supported by aggressive short-covering, technical-buying and cash optimism. Lean hog issues finished mostly lower with nearbys losing ground to deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts are likely to open under selling pressure sparked by struggling wholesale beef prices and ongoing technical concerns. On the other hand, lean hog issues should open higher thanks to follow-up buying and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed sharply higher thanks to aggressive short-covering and technical-buying. The cattle complex settled solidly higher with feeder issues outperforming their live counterparts.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and firming carcass value. The cattle complex seems likely to begin with modest strength thanks in part to short-covering and the premium...

  • It may take the expertise of a land-leveler to smooth the swells and troughs that currently cover the market terrain of live cattle and lean hog futures. (Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS)

    The Market's Fine Print

    The market terrain of live cattle and lean hog futures in early 2018 is anything but level.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed the week with a last minute round of short-covering, causing feeders to gain somewhat on live counterparts. Lean hog issues settled mostly higher, supported by short-covering and generally positive...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Hog futures seem set to open moderately lower, pressured by follow-through and long liquidation. The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis with feeders losing more ground to their live counterparts.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures closed sharply lower with selling tied to nervousness over the future of NAFTA and long liquidation. Live and feeder futures settled on a mixed basis with feeders losing ground to their live counterparts.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex is set to open moderately lower, checked by follow-through selling and long liquidation. Lean hog futures seem staged to begin with mixed price action tied to both residual selling and bullish cash news from the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should begin with moderate strength ties to short-covering and cash premiums. Lean hog contracts are likely to open on a mixed basis thanks to a slow combination of follow-through buying and profit-taking.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and the strengthening case trade. Expect the cattle complex to begin with mixed prices thanks to a combination of residual selling and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Pressured by long liquidation and technical selling, the cattle complex settled significantly lower with live issues hit much harder than their feeder counterparts. Conversely, lean hog issues closed solidly higher, supported by firm...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex seems set to open Monday with mixed price ideas, torn between residual selling and large cash premiums. Lean hog issues should also begin with uneven price action thanks to both technical buying interest on one...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder cattle futures closed sharply lower on Friday, pressured by long liquidation and technical selling. On the other hand, lean hog contracts settled narrowly mixed in light trade volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Hog futures should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and impressive signs of cash appreciation. On the other hand, the cattle complex is likely to open on a mixed basis as traders position ahead of cash...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Retreating from early session firmness, cattle futures have turned mixed at midday as traders cautiously position ahead of late week cash news. Lean hog contracts are also scrambled near the top of the noon hour, though...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Cattle futures seem set to open higher, supported by higher cutouts and expectations of further strength in feedlot cash. Lean hog contracts should also begin Thursday with a firm undertone thanks to short-covering and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog contracts closed moderately higher, supported by short-covering and technical buying. The cattle complex settled narrowly mixed as traders slowly jockeyed ahead of late-week cash news.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for live and feeder cattle futures to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying, recent cash strength and improving carcass value. Lean hog issues should begin with mixed prices thanks to a combination of...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open sharply higher, supprted in early trading thanks to the development of greater packer spening in feedlot country late Friday. At the same time, lean hog issues seem set to open at least...

  • Pictured are Henry C. Wallace, U.S. ag secretary under President Warren G. Harding, and current Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue. (Public domain photo of Wallace; Perdue photo courtesy of USDA)

    The Market's Fine Print

    The road from Henry C. Wallace to Sonny Perdue constitutes a long journey from one extreme destination to another, especially when marking the nearly century-long route with speed-limit signs linked to the Packers and Stockyards...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed mixed in the live market and moderately higher in the feeder trade. At the same time, lean hog contracts settled narrowly mixed in very slow volume.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Late-week cattle futures should open at least moderately higher Friday, supported by residual buying interest and ideas of greater packer spending in the country. Lean hog contracts are also likely to open with a firm undertone...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed solidly higher with triple-digit gains scored in nearby live contracts. Lean hog issues settled with moderate progress tied to late-year short-covering and manageable fundamentals.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open Thursday morning on a mixed basis as traders jockey positions ahead of cash news. Lean hog futures should also begin with uneven price action.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Activity Wednesday remained mixed in all markets with traders backing away from early support. This left contracts generally unsettled following early morning support. Traders may continue to find some late-week market firmness...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for the cattle complex to open higher, supported by folllowing buying and signs of renewed beeef demand. Lean hog issues should begin with mixed prices with nearbys faring better than deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts are likely to open the last week of 2017 with lower prices, pressured by follow-through selling and larger than expected November placement activity. Lean hog issues should resume trading this morning...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog contracts closed significantly higher following USDA confirmation that the pork factory continues to expand. Conversely, the cattle complex settled significantly lower for the most part, pressured by bearish placement news.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open on a mixed basis as traders position ahead of the Dec. 1 Cattle on Feed report. Hog futures are also likely to see a cautious opening tied to uncertainty surrounding the release of the quarterly...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog contracts soared sharply higher Wednesday, supported by aggressive short-covering and apparent fearlessness relative to the pending Dec. 1 H&P report. On the other hand, the cattle complex imploded with triple-digit...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open cautiously mixed as traders jockey ahead of cash and on feed news. Lean hog issues are also likely to begin Wednesday with uneven price action tied to slow volume and position ahead of the Dec. 1...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for hog futures to open moderately lower checked by struggling carcass value, the discount of the cash index, and long liquidation prior to the release of hog and pig news on Friday. The cattle complex is likely to trade...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    For the most part, the cattle complex settled moderately lower, with only soon-to-expire Dec live supported by greater packer spending on Friday. Lean hog contracts closed mostly lower, though the front-end caught most of the...

  • Will thinner sell? That's a question many retailers and food managers are testing with thinner steaks. (DTN file photo)

    The Market's Fine Print

    Will thinner steaks, necessitated by retailers and food managers in search of manageable price points and margins, cause consumer beef demand to soften?

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder cattle futures seem geared to open significantly higher, supported by Friday's stronger cash market. Lean futures should also open on a firm basis, boosted by short-covering and spillover buying from the cattle...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Quickly recovering from a sluggish opening, cattle futures climbed sharply higher through the session, inspired by greater packer spending in feedlot country. Lean hogs settled solidly higher, supported by late-week short-covering...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex has turned bullish at midday with triple-digit gains evident in both live and feeder markets. Generally speaking, lean hog issues are moderately higher, though deferred are outperforming the front end.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are moderately higher as specs and commercials cautiously await the development of cash news. Currently, lean hog contracts are generally lower, checked by long liquidation and the discount of the cash index.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder contracts should open on a mixed basis as players position ahead of cash news. Lean hog issues are likely to begin with uneven prices action tied to a combination of follow-through buying and late week profit-taking.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    For the most part, the cattle complex settled moderately higher, supported by short covering and pre-cash positioning. Lean hog contracts closed on a mixed basis with nearbys gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts should open lower, pressured by long liquidation and struggling carcass value. On the other hand, cattle complex futures seem likely to open on a mixed basis as traders position ahead of cash news.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex is set to open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and short-covering. Lean hog futures should open on a mixed basis thanks to both residual selling and short-covering.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for lean hog futures to open moderately lower, pressured by follow-through selling and struggling carcass value. On the other hand, the cattle complex should begin with mixed price action as traders position ahead of cash...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Most lean hog futures closed sharply lower with Feb through June off triple digits. On the other hand, live cattle issues settled moderately lower with the feeder counterparts mixed.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open the first full week of December on a mixed basis thanks to follow-through selling and early-week short-covering. Look for lean hog issues to also open with uneven price action supported by residual...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder cattle futures closed sharply lower, hammered by a combination of long-liquidation and technical selling. On the other hand, lean hog issues settled solidly higher with nearbys gaining on deferreds.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex is likely to open on a mixed basis thanks to a combination of follow-through selling and late-week short-covering. Lean hog issues should also open with uneven price action tied to residual selling on one hand and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder contracts closed significantly lower, giving back much of Wednesday's sharp rally. Lean hog futures settled solidly lower, checked by long liquidation and some commercial selling.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog contracts should open moderately higher, supported by short-covering and positive fundamentals. The cattle complex is likely to open on a mixed basis as traders position ahead of cash news.

  • Despite this year's ongoing parade of dishonesty and thoughtless impulsiveness, there were still a few examples of strategic self-mastery and willpower. (DTN file photo)

    The Market's Fine Print

    This year's trophy for outstanding discipline in pursuit of honorable fun and profit goes to the U.S. beef packer.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures should open firmly higher, supported by follow-through buying, technical bullishness, and signs of strengthening cash. Look for the cattle complex to open moderately higher with the help of short-covering, which...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for live and feeder futures to open with uneven price action thanks to follow-through buying on one hand and beef demand uncertainty on the other. Lean hog issues seem set to open moderately higher, supported by...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex closed sharply higher, supported by aggressive short-covering and technical buying. At the same time, lean hog futures also settled solidly higher with the help of follow-through buying interest and ideas of late...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Firm support quickly stepped into the lean hog futures complex as traders try to take advantage of the support seen late last week. Cattle trade remains sluggish with prices mostly lower, although the lack of activity could allow...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures settled moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and ideas of manageable fundamentals through the end of the year. On the other hand, the cattle complex closed on a mixed basis with live issues...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures remain moderately higher as the trade moves toward an early close. At the same time, the cattle complex is mixed with feeder futures generally outperforming their live counterparts in slow volume.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Live and feeder futures are moderately lower in early trading, pressured by profit taking and lackluster buying interest. On the other hand, lean hog issues are supported this morning by follow-through buying and the midweek...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Live and feeder futures should open moderately higher, supported by follow-through buying and cash stability. Lean hog contracts are also likely to sport a firm undertone in the early going thanks to late week short covering and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Meat futures rock the pre-Thanksgiving market with triple-digit gains. Nearby hog contracts soared, powered in part by bullish demand implications of smaller cold storage inventory.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The cattle complex should open significantly higher, supported by follow-through buying and decent packer spending in the country. Lean hog contracts are set to open moderately lower, checked by defensive carcass value and...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    For the most part, live and feeder futures won triple-digit gains Tuesday thanks to aggressive short-covering and pre-holiday profit-taking. Lean hog paper also staged a major reversal from Monday's activity, closing moderately...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Look for cattle futures to open moderately lower, checked by follow-through selling and technical defensiveness. Lean hog contracts should open on a firm basis thanks to residual buying interest and firming carcass value.