Rick Kment

DTN Analyst
Rick Kment
Rick Kment is DTN's ethanol and dairy analyst. Rick joined DTN in March 2005. He has more than 15 years of experience in the agribusiness and dairy industries, including five years managing his own farm and nine years working with agricultural producers and agribusinesses throughout the Midwest on animal nutrition and farm management.

Rick graduated from Kansas State University where he received an animal science degree, focusing on animal nutrition and management. After spending several years in the industry he returned to the University of Nebraska to earn an MBA in agribusiness focused on leadership development and agricultural finance and management.

Rick was born and raised in Norfolk, Nebraska. He has lived in several locations in the Midwest. He currently resides in Lincoln, Nebraska, with his wife Jacki and sons Cole and Quinn.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Active support pushed nearby contracts to triple-digit gains as a combination of fundamental and technical support led late week rallies. This broke through short-term resistance levels, setting month-long highs.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Active support returned to lean hog trade Friday morning following lackluster interest during early trade. The focus on breaking out of recent sideways trends sparked renewed interest.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Limited direction is seen Friday morning with narrowly mixed price movements are developing in all markets. This could limit further end-of-week direction as traders focus on adjusting previous positions.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Ahead of Friday's cattle reports, live cattle and feeder cattle are expected to be mixed with traders adjusting positions. Firm market support is expected through the end of the week.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Limited buying in cattle trade Thursday allowed for underlying weakness through the complex. Feeder cattle led the complex lower. Hog futures posted moderate gains in most contracts as traders offset initial losses.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit pressure eroded Thursday morning, allowing for increased buyer support to redevelop across lean hog futures. Cattle trade remains lower as limited softness is seen in most contracts.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Traders in the hog complex are covering positions following aggressive price support at midweek. The weakness is not out of line with expected market corrections.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Limited direction is expected as traders return to the complex Thursday morning with market adjustments likely following active hog market support midweek. Mixed trade is likely through most of the morning.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Narrow trading ranges are seen through cattle futures with most contracts adjusting slightly lower following active support last week. Hog trade is firming as early-week trade is building on the support seen over the last few days.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Light activity is expected to redevelop during early-week trade although limited volume is likely during the first couple of hours. Initial market direction is likely to be hard to pin down due to follow-through buying and position...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Renewed buyer support quickly and aggressively moved into lean hog trade, offsetting the price pullback seen Thursday. Continued support is developing in live cattle trade with traders breaking through resistance levels as October...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Following a wild week of price shifts and directional changes in livestock futures, trade is expected to slow slightly Friday morning. This could mean mixed market activity in most contracts at opening bell.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Traders continue to balance follow-through buying and early morning position taking with live cattle futures mixed in a narrow, single-digit range. Moderate pressure in hog futures with firm losses pulling away from previous gains.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Limited early-morning activity is expected Thursday, allowing mixed market shifts to develop in cattle and hog futures. Despite continued underlying support in all trade, the depth of buyer interest moving into the complex is...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Traders focus on narrow price shifts and market adjustments early Wednesday morning. This is allowing for increased underlying support through the complex with increased volume expected to bring further direction late Wednesday...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Follow-through buyer support is expected to redevelop in livestock trade Wednesday morning after traders broke out of the recent trading range in cattle markets Tuesday.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit gains were seen throughout livestock trade Tuesday as traders quickly and aggressively moved back into the market. The abrupt shift in hog futures from Monday's sharp losses has added more uneasiness through the...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Despite early morning pressure in hog trade, sell orders quickly evaporated, allowing for aggressive price surges midmorning Tuesday. This momentum stimulated additional buyer support through the entire complex.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Active pressure in lean hog trade Monday sparked additional uncertainty about the long-term support in the pork market. This will likely lead to a combination of follow-through liquidation and short-covering Tuesday morning.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures fell by triple digits again Monday with most nearby contracts testing long-term support.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Limited market direction is seen during early-week trade with prices holding moderate to firm losses as traders continue to focus on increased pressure in hog trade.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Livestock futures opened mixed in a narrow to moderate range as increased volume moved back into the complex. The underlying support developing late last week in cattle trade appears to be gaining more momentum through the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Monday morning trade is expected to be mixed as traders return to the complex following the sluggish holiday late last week. The limited volume Friday allowed for wide market swings, creating potential adjustments Monday.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Market activity remains significantly subdued following the holiday break with many traders waiting until next week before stepping back into the complex. This has led to wide initial price swings, which are holding through the session.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Livestock futures are holding aggressive triple-digit market swings Friday morning as aggressive hog market pressure is offset by a strong cattle market rally. Light volume may allow for wide market shifts to hold through the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Following Thursday's holiday, limited interest is expected to redevelop as many traders are absent for the long holiday weekend. This could spark additional market shifts based on lack of volume in the complex.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit losses in feeder cattle set the tone for the livestock markets Wednesday during the abbreviated pre-holiday trading session.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit losses have flooded through nearby feeder cattle trade in reaction to double-digit gains in corn prices. Limited volume is seen through the morning as traders prepare for an early market close.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Trade volume is sluggish early Wednesday morning as traders adjust positions in front of the holiday Thursday. Markets will remain closed Thursday in observance of Independence Day, limiting trade activity through the rest of the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Trade is expected to be light Wednesday morning with an early close and upcoming holiday limiting overall trader interest. Mixed trade is expected with little market direction likely through the end of the week.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Livestock trade interest slowly eroded Tuesday, leading to mixed closes in lean hog and live cattle futures. Livestock markets are likely to lack direction the rest of the week surrounding the Fourth of July holiday, leading to...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Initial follow-through support Tuesday morning slowed significantly as mixed trade is developing in live cattle and lean hog trade based on limited volume and additional buyer interest.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Limited volume is seen Tuesday morning, although follow-through buyer activity is pushing cattle and hog futures higher as renewed support moves into the complex during early July.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Moderate-to-wide market adjustments are expected in cattle and hog futures Tuesday as traders assess market direction this week and adjust to the wide market swings seen on Monday. Limited volume is likely through the rest of...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Despite the call for caution surrounding the truce in the ongoing trade war, lean hog futures surged higher as active buying moved into the already oversold complex. This may spark additional price swings through the...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Underlying support moved through the lean hog futures complex early Monday morning. Although details remain limited, the potential for increased China trade following last week's trade talks is sparking buyer activity.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    The result of trade talks with China last week is a "cease fire" in the trade war. Although this does not insure a trade deal in the near future, it is the closest either side have come to progress in the last couple of months...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Limited-to-moderate support is expected early Monday as traders step into the complex following the announcement of a "cease fire" in the trade war between the U.S. and China. This is helping to rekindle hope that progress can...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    August hogs are trading moderately lower after USDA said late Thursday that there were 75.5 million head of hogs and pigs in inventory on June 1, the most on record and a 4% increase from a year ago. Cattle and feeders are...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    End-of-week pressure is expected in lean hog futures as traders adjust to the aggressive triple-digit gains on Thursday. Record hog inventory levels of 75.5 million hogs signal continued herd growth during 2019.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Strong underlying support developed in lean hog trade ahead of the hogs and pigs report. Hog inventory levels increased 4% from year ago levels, but much less aggressive growth developed over the last three months.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Light to moderate trade is seen in cattle futures as traders show little enthusiasm following sharp midweek gains. Narrow losses are holding through live and feeder cattle trade with little incentive to move prices significantly in...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Livestock trade remains mixed in sluggish trade Thursday morning as traders continue to assess longer-term direction and the potential for end-of-week cattle gains to continue. Hog futures are contained in a narrow range with...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Renewed buyer support is expected to slowly develop in live and feeder cattle trade following sharp triple-digit gains Wednesday. Feeder cattle has access to expanded trading limits Thursday, allowing for potentially wide market...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Feeder cattle futures moved limit higher Wednesday, leading to triple-digit gains in all cattle futures. This bounce off of recent lows may be the trigger traders have been looking for to break away from the weaker pattern.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Limit gains have swept through feeder cattle trade Wednesday morning as active support moved into all cattle futures. This move could stimulate active end-of-week support, reviving additional price gains during early July.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Active buyer interest is moving into livestock futures Wednesday morning. Feeder cattle is leading the complex higher with triple-digit support moving through the complex, while firm underlying support is starting to develop in live...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Limited morning trade is expected in cattle and hog futures Wednesday as traders try to adjust to the wide market swings over the last couple of sessions. The rally in lean hog and live cattle trade Tuesday could bring stability...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live cattle and lean hog futures moved higher Tuesday as traders adjusted positions following sharp losses last week. Hog trade led the complex higher with $1.95-per-cwt gains, potentially sparking renewed buying activity midweek.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit gains quickly move into lean hog trade as traders push prices off of 10-month lows. This is helping to rekindle a sense of market stability near $75 per cwt. Cattle futures remain mixed following choppy morning price...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Limited buying is moving into livestock trade focusing on covering short positions seen Monday. This may help to provide a sense of market stability through the end of the month.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Livestock traders continue to search for underlying market support following the sharp shift lower last week. This recent pressure has broken through long-term support in lean hog trade, while feeder cattle futures have set...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog futures ended the sharply lower with July through October futures closing $3 per cwt lower. Widespread end of the week losses developed in all livestock trade, creating concern of additional pressure early next week.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Active pressure quickly moved into hog and feeder cattle trade through the morning with increased underlying pressure sparking widespread liquidation. Live cattle futures remain lightly traded, but mixed in a narrow to moderate...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Limited follow-through pressure in hog markets is creating a break from the aggressive losses Friday. This may help to bring about increased buying interest later in the week. Live cattle futures are mixed in a narrow range early...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Follow-through pressure is expected early on Monday after triple-digit losses in cattle and hog futures Friday. Limited early volume may allow for short-covering, but the general tone of the market is expected to be weak.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    July through October lean hog futures closed $3 per cwt lower Friday. Losses were seen throughout the rest of livestock trade, as well, leading to concern of additional pressure early next week.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Livestock futures posted triple-digit losses as nearby contracts broke through short-term support levels. Additional liquidation is expected through the end of the week.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Triple-digit losses have flooded into livestock futures Friday morning with increased underlying pressure sparking widespread liquidation.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Sharp losses developing in all livestock trade Thursday sparked increased underlying weakness in the entire complex. A combination of follow-through selling and end-of-week short-covering is likely early Friday morning.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Active losses have moved through feeder cattle trade Thursday morning in reaction to continued price support across corn markets. Hog futures have quickly pulled back from midweek gains, with firm to active losses.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Early trade is mixed in a choppy yet sluggish tone as traders try to adjust from previous market swings while adjusting to the upcoming market direction over the next couple of days.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Firm gains developing in lean hog trade Midweek is expected to spark follow-through buyer support as traders focus on potential upcoming trade talks with China and hopes that this will improve the chances of a trade deal over...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Wide market shifts developed in nearby futures with firm losses of $1 per cwt developing in live cattle futures while moderate to strong support moved into lean hog futures.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures remain firmly higher Wednesday morning as traders place renewed hope on the expected trade talks with China next week. Cattle markets remain sluggish as pressure developed within a narrow to moderate range.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Trade activity remains sluggish Wednesday morning with livestock futures mixed in a narrow range. Traders appear to be content holding markets at current market levels as they search for increased direction through the end of...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Limited interest is likely early Wednesday as traders continue to reposition holdings following the moderate swings in prices over the last few days. Increased demand concerns in hog futures may continue to erode nearby support.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit gains seen early Tuesday morning have eroded through the session, although the tone of the market remains firm with limited gains holding across the complex. Markets are expected to hold prices in current ranges...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Technical support is developing in early-week trade through nearby lean hog futures. This is helping to stimulate additional buyer support across the entire complex.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Firm underlying support in early-week trade is likely to bring additional price movement into the complex Tuesday. Limited volume is expected at opening bell, creating the potential for position-taking Tuesday morning.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Despite initial follow-through pressure, buyers quickly moved back into the oversold market as traders covered recent short positions. This left triple-digit gains as limited resistance developed Monday.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Moderate to firm support moved into livestock trade Monday morning following aggressive initial pressure. The inability to spark further market liquidation has quickly changed the tone of the market, pushing prices higher midday...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Firm pressure entered most livestock futures Monday morning as active losses quickly developed in feeder cattle and lean hog trade. This is limiting potential market stability during early-week trade.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Firm pressure late last week in all livestock futures is likely to bring about follow-through selling Monday morning. The weaker tone in hog futures has traders searching for longer-term support levels.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Lean hog trade continues to chop higher and lower through the week within the same moderate-to-weak trading range. Triple-digit losses developed midday Friday as traders return the focus on uncertain long-term demand.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Trade remains sluggish Friday morning with a combination of follow-through selling and short covering moving through cattle futures. This is expected to keep prices mixed most of the morning.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Wide market swings over the last few days in cattle and hog futures may continue Friday as traders try to adjust positions ahead of the weekend.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Feeder cattle futures fell by triple digits Thursday on double-digit gains in corn prices, which are fueling concerns of higher production costs.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Light to moderate buying slowly but steadily moved into livestock trade with hog futures bouncing higher during morning trade while cattle futures are pulling away from initial market losses.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Strong gains in corn trade has once again caused cattle traders to run for the exits, leading to sharp triple-digit losses in live and feeder cattle trade.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Follow-through weakness is expected in the livestock complex Thursday morning with traders searching for short-term support following the most recent market pressure. This is likely to lead to mixed trade early Thursday morning.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Selling developed in hog and cattle trade midweek after grain futures shifted higher. Rising production costs and late-year demand uncertainty is leading to moderate-to-active liquidation in all livestock markets.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong follow-through losses are seen in all livestock trade with triple-digit pressure seen in cattle and hog futures due to feed price concerns and continued trade issues.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Moderate to firm losses developed in lean hog trade early Wednesday morning. The continued pressure spilling over from Tuesday's swift shift lower is adding more volatility to the complex.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Trade is expected to remain sluggish Wednesday morning with limited follow-through buying mixed with midweek position-taking following the wide market swings over the last several trading days.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Livestock futures traded in wide ranges Tuesday. Sharp pressure was seen in hog and feeder cattle futures as traders focused on tight corn supplies and increased production costs as well as limited demand.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong gains in corn futures trade following the morning USDA crop report sparked widespread pressure in livestock futures. The focus on higher feeding costs once again pulled buyers away from livestock markets.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Livestock futures remain mixed early Tuesday morning as traders adjust to sharp early-week price gains. The inability to bring active buying back to the complex is not surprising, but could spark some additional midday market shifts.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Strong early-week gains are expected to spark additional underlying support through the entire complex. Follow-through buying is likely to be met with attempts to cover positions following the triple-digit gains that developed Monday.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Livestock futures reversed late-week losses Monday to close triple digits higher. Follow-through buying could be seen the rest of the week.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Active support moved into all livestock trade as traders quickly back away from Friday's losses. The resolution to Mexican tariff levels has caused renewed buying.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Moderate gains are moving into all livestock markets as traders react to sharp end of the week losses. Short covering in cattle and hog trade is the main order of business as traders try to find renewed stability following last...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Expanded trading limits will be available Monday morning in lean hog futures following limit losses late Friday. Late-week trade concerns surrounding a Mexican deal may lead to market optimism after a decision was reached late Friday...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Firm follow-through support is developing in live cattle trade as traders focus on building on recent buyer interest returning to the complex at the end of the week. Hog futures remain under moderate pressure based on trade...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Trade is expected to be mixed in a narrow range on Friday as traders focus on cash market direction and whether cattle and hog futures will regain footing Thursday after widespread early pressure. Limited trade is likely as...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Losses quickly developed through livestock trade as renewed buyer interest moved into the grain complex, pushing corn and wheat prices higher. Feeder cattle trade is leading the complex lower with triple-digit losses.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Market softness slowly trickled into futures trade with cattle markets holding narrow losses at opening bell. Position adjustments following recent sharp gains is the main focus early Thursday.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Buyer interest is expected by the end of the week as technical support is redeveloping following the market tumble the last month. Traders will be looking for outside market direction early Thursday, which will impact livestock...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Feeder cattle futures rose by triple digits again Wednesday as traders reacted to a strong pullback in corn prices.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Underlying support is redeveloping in cattle futures with moderate gains slowly but steadily developing across the complex.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Feeder cattle futures surged by triple digits Tuesday with gains of $4 per cwt or higher seen through most of the complex during morning trade. Though trade was mixed in a narrow range most of the rest of the day, firm gains...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Renewed support in live cattle and feeder cattle futures are highlighting the livestock complex. A combination of spill-over buying in extremely oversold cattle futures is helping to highlight triple-digit gains across the market.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Strong initial moves higher in feeder cattle trade has helped to bring additional volume back into the complex. This may spark some renewed stability in all cattle trade over the next couple of days.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Activity early Tuesday will point to potential support levels in cattle and hog trade as mixed price levels are expected to once again develop in the opening minutes of trade. Despite the bearish underlying tone in the complex, an...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Despite firm buyer support early Monday morning, underlying pressure over the last couple of weeks lent weakness to the entire complex. Hog futures carried the brunt of the pressure with fall contracts sliding over $2 per cwt...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Despite strong upward price shifts early Monday, the tone of the market weakened once again with trades pushing most prices firmly lower as volume returns to the complex. Deferred lean hog trade leads the complex lower, focusing...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Early support Monday morning as buyers tried to take advantage of early-month short covering have eroded with prices mixed following strong triple-digit gains at opening bell. Underlying fundamental concerns are being paired with...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Livestock futures turned even uglier through the end of May with triple-digit losses holding in cattle and hog futures at the end of trade Friday. The recent grain market rally and continued trade issues have traders running for...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Limited direction at the end of the week left markets searching for additional market support and mixed price levels.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Moderate to strong follow-through pressure is seen in cattle and hog trade Friday morning as trades remain concerned about production costs and feed supplies. Growing uncertainty about overall economic strength continues to...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Despite the bearish tone in cattle and hog futures, market moves Friday morning may remain mixed and volatile due to end-of-month position-taking in the complex. Traders are also closely watching for additional direction in grain...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong pressure has swept through lean hog and feeder cattle trade Thursday morning following additional gains in grain trade. The focus on increased feed costs is bringing additional bearishness to livestock markets.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Lean hog traders have quickly reacted to the renewed support in corn futures market activity, as traders pull back from midweek gains. Mixed cattle trade may limit overall volume through the end of the week.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Limited direction is expected to redevelop Thursday morning with follow-through buyer interest moving back into lean hog trade while cattle futures are expected mixed to mostly higher during early trade.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Hog futures turned higher late Wednesday with prices pushed to triple-digit gains. Initial selling pressure succumbed to lack of volume, allowing a market vacuum as July futures posted $2 per cwt gains.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Light but steady buyer support moved back into lean hog futures with traders focusing on underlying technical support near $86 per cwt in August futures.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Continued strong support in grain trade has posted aggressive double-digit gains in corn and soybean trade. This continues to affect livestock trade with moderate to strong losses developing in cattle and hog futures Wednesday...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Moderate to firm weakness is expected to redevelop in feeder cattle and lean hog trade. Market pressure seen early in the week is causing long-term concerns of additional market pressure developing over the next few weeks.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Active selling quickly swept through the lean hog market Tuesday, pushing most futures contracts triple digits lower. Nearby contracts fell to two-month lows. Cattle futures closed mixed on increased feed costs having a major...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Despite mixed early trade, sellers quickly returned following the weekend break, pushing feeder cattle and hog futures sharply lower.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Moderate support moved into live and feeder cattle futures as traders see the initial impact of Friday's cattle on feed report on market direction Tuesday morning. With placements and on feed numbers still large, but lower than...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    With traders stepping back into the complex following the long holiday weekend, additional volatility is likely given the wide hog market swings late last week.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures tumbled late Friday. Cattle futures closed mixed in a narrow range ahead of the USDA Cattle on Feed report.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures are posting sharp triple-digit losses late Friday based on increased market pressure developing ahead of Memorial Day weekend. Early support in cattle futures has eroded with traders selling ahead of the cattle...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Limited activity is seen Friday morning with traders looking for increased overall support through the entire complex. Cattle traders are adjusting positions in front of the cattle on feed report released Friday afternoon.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Market interest is expected to remain extremely sluggish Friday ahead of the three-day holiday weekend. Mixed trade is expected early in the session with cattle traders attempting to adjust to the upcoming cattle on feed report.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Livestock traders were encouraged by increased export sales and lower beef supplies this week, but traders remain cautious given the potential for bearish news late in the week.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Limited activity is seen Thursday morning with light volume seen through the entire complex. Prices have backed away from early morning live cattle gains.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Cattle futures have bounced higher following supportive cold storage and export sales reports. Even though buying remains sluggish, the shift higher is pointing toward market optimism building through the entire complex.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Limited volume is expected through the end of the week with traders caught between follow-through selling interest and pre-holiday short-covering. Firmness is expected following the April Cold Storage report, which showed strong...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Light pressure developed in livestock markets late Wednesday following mixed trade. Cash cattle trade started to develop in most areas with prices steady to $2 per cwt lower.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Light pressure remains Wednesday morning following initial follow-through pressure through the complex. Traders continue to focus on growing cattle supplies and uncertainty in pork demand.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Follow-through losses have developed in cattle and hog futures Wednesday morning, although limited volume has contained losses in a moderate range. However, the underlying softness remains evident.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Follow-through weakness is expected in the livestock complex early Wednesday morning as concerns continue about cattle supplies and pork demand surrounding the trade war with China.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Sharp losses in feeder cattle and lean hog futures led to concerns of renewed market pressure. Cattle on Feed report estimates that point to sharp placement and on-feed growth during April also created concerns.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Firm pressure quickly moved through feeder cattle and lean hog trade Tuesday morning as traders focus more on feed costs associated with elevated grain trade. Firm follow through pressure is expected through the rest of the...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Limited long term direction is keeping prices mixed early Tuesday as traders are putting more focus on grain market moves and the short and long term impact on livestock production costs.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Activity levels through livestock markets should remain sluggish Tuesday as limited new information is available, which should keep markets within the current trading range.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Strong early losses in feeder cattle futres slowly but steadily eroded through the session with traders adjusting from Friday's market swings. Limited market direction developed in all livestock futures as cattle pressure was...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong underlying pressure is moving through the entire cattle complex as traders back away from last week's gains. Firm pressure developed through live cattle trade, with hog markets unable to hold early gains.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Firm underlying support is quickly moving back into the lean hog complex. This is sparking additional widespread price support with nearby futures holding triple-digit gains.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Light trade is expected early Monday with traders in the beef complex focusing on additional potential trade in the Japan market following last week's announcements of full access for beef exports.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Strong support quickly moved into cattle markets Friday, pushing feeder cattle futures $2 to $2.62 higher and away from long-term support levels.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong buyer support has quickly moved through live cattle trade with triple digit gains in both live cattle and feeder cattle holding markets higher.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Limited movement in futures trade is expected Friday morning following cash erosion in the cash cattle market during early week trade. This may allow traders to pull back from recent support which developed in the last half of the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Market activity is expected to remain sluggish through most of the Friday session with a combination of follow-through buying met with end-of-week positioning following underlying support moving into the complex the last couple of...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Traders pushed livestock futures higher through the end of the trading session Thursday as they focused on growing pork and beef demand. This offset higher grain prices and disappointing export news.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Firm buyer support is seen through the lean hog complex although mixed price levels are seen. The ability to bounce off of early lows is sparking increased underlying support through the entire complex.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Cancellations of previous sales to China highlighted the export sales report Thursday morning. This quickly shifted market direction in hog futures as triple-digit losses moved through the complex.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Follow-through support is expected in the hog complex early Thursday with traders looking for any sense of hope in the Thursday's Export Sales report. Cattle futures are expected to be mixed as cash cattle trade has shown...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Follow-through buyer support is moving through lean hog trade with nearby contracts holding triple-digit gains. Cattle futures are mixed as continued grain market support is limiting the potential for buyer interest in feeder...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Despite the continued uncertainty concerning trade with China, overall pork demand continues to remain strong. This is helping to add increased overall support through nearby trade. Cattle futures are mixed in narrow trading...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Light-to-moderate buyer support is expected in the lean hog futures complex early Wednesday as traders rebound from early-week pressure with traders focusing on short-term fundamental growth.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    All livestock markets saw active buying early Tuesday. Hog futures were able to sustain early gains, while cattle futures eroded in late-day trade.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Aggressive buying quickly moved into all livestock trade following underlying interest seen in most commodity markets as well as financial trade. Limited volume in cattle futures is eroding early support.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Short covering is seen in all markets with triple-digit gains developing in cattle and hog futures. This is moving markets away from previous support levels as support is seen in most markets Tuesday.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Traders are expected to enter the market with mixed trade levels Tuesday morning following the underlying early-week pressure. The overall pressure Monday will create market uncertainty, but the complex remains oversold.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Limit losses settled in lean hog trade following active pressure in all livestock trade. The concern that recent tariff hikes on both sides of the China and U.S. trade war has eroded any hope of a deal in the near future.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong underlying pressure is seen through the entire livestock market Monday morning with traders concerned about further market direction based on outside market losses.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Active losses are seen in most contracts with traders focusing on the inability to make progress in trade talks with China last week and overall economic uncertainty.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Follow-through buying is expected through the cattle complex during early-week trade as traders continue to focus on the previously oversold status of the complex and increased interest developing in the next couple of weeks.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Strong late-week gains in cattle futures helped minimize the early week damage to the cattle market. Limited long-term direction is still keeping many traders on the sidelines, resulting in increased uncertainty. Hog futures...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong underlying support is steadily moving into cattle futures midday Friday. This break away from market liquidation is opening the door for renewed trade volume.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Limited activity is seen in all livestock trade early Friday morning with the focus on underlying softness seen early in the week. Initial support is slowly eroding with more trade volume moving into the complex, although the tone of...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Following another week of wild market pressure in livestock trade, traders appear to be focusing on end of week stability following redeveloping buying activity late Thursday afternoon. This may bring some needed stability to the...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Late day buying moved into all trade with hog futures reversing from early morning losses to triple-digit gains in several contract months. The ability to close the session higher may change trade interest late in the week.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    While trade talks with China develop in Washington, traders are quickly backing away from the hog complex once again based on concerns that increased trade may not develop.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The weak market tone is expected to continue through the entire complex with traders looking for end of the week direction. Traders will closely monitor the Export Sales report Thursday morning, looking for additional sales of...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Growing uncertainty ahead of the next round of trade talks with China has put increased pressure on all livestock trade. The focus through the complex is on long-term demand for pork and beef, as the most aggressive hog...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong underlying pressure developed through the entire livestock complex midday Wednesday. Concerns surrounding further technical liquidation as well as cash market weakness is eroding trader resolve.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Continued uncertainty has swept through livestock trade Wednesday morning as traders focus on still weak market structures, but attempt to build a sense of stability through the complex over the coming days.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Follow-through buyer support is expected to slowly and cautiously step into the oversold livestock complex early Wednesday morning. The ability to regain price support Tuesday with feeder cattle trade holding triple-digit gains is...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Feeder cattle futures led cattle markets lower with triple-digit losses. Hog futures held firm early gains, but a lack of bullish news led to an erosion of support by the end of Thursday's session.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Feeder cattle losses continue to lead the entire cattle complex lower midday Thursday. Hog markets have continued to hold moderate to active support with triple-digit gains seen in nearby trade.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Firm underlying support is moving into lean hog trade despite no additional sales to China last week in the export sales report. Cattle markets shifted higher at opening bell, but the ability to hold gains is under question.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The morning release of the Export Sales report will be the main focus in the lean hog complex Thursday. Traders are looking for increased sales to China in order to sustain the market rally that developed midweek.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures were locked limit higher the last half of Wednesday's trading session. Cattle futures eroded despite firm gains early in the session. Additional market shifts are likely through the end of the week.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Limit gains flooded into lean hog futures midday Wednesday as traders back away from previous liquidation. Cattle prices have also firmed through the morning with traders looking for increased support during early May.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Limited buying is seen in livestock trade as traders become more active. The majority of support is seen in nearby lean hog trade as traders try to regain market support following the aggressive losses over the last couple of...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Changing the page on the calendar is expected to have little impact on overall market direction Wednesday morning. Underlying market softness is likely to redevelop in most contracts as traders search for underlying buyer support.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live cattle futures started the day narrowly mixed but turned lower late Tuesday following triple-digit losses in feeder cattle futures. Hog futures eroded through the end of the session, unable to sustain initial buyer interest.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong follow-through pressure is creating technical market shifts through nearby feeder cattle trade This has had very limited impact on live cattle markets which seem willing to hold current levels through the end of the month.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Firm gains quickly moved through lean hog futures Tuesday morning. End of the month short covering is the focus of many traders although the overall tone of the entire livestock complex is expected to remain sluggish through...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Sluggish trade volume is expected on the last trading day of April as traders continue to focus on recent pressure, but overall lack of seller momentum as traders square positions.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Follow-through pressure is seen in lean hog trade with triple-digit losses seen through most of the morning Monday. Traders continue to back away from previous support amidst concerns export sales will not hold up to previous...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Strong triple-digit losses have redeveloped in hog trade Monday. Concerns that overall actual pork sales to China may not be able to hold up to the previous market optimism early in the month.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    A combination of follow-through selling and end of the month short-covering is expected Monday across most livestock trade. This recent shift lower is still filled with emotion as traders quickly try to adjust positions.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Trades are focused on end-of-week market adjustments with light volume keeping trading ranges narrow. The underlying pressure in the complex continues to add uncertainty early next week.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Traders remained much calmer Friday morning as prices remain mixed during early trade Friday morning. The aggressive limit or near-limit losses seen in cattle and hog markets Thursday is allowing for buyers to move back into the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Market bearishness has swept through the cattle and hog futures this week, which could lead to additional sharp losses in most contracts.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Traders reacted to the lack of pork sales to China by pushing most contract months limit lower Thursday. The inability to continue aggressive sales notices took the market by surprise. Cattle futures also continued shift lower...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Traders in nearby lean hog futures quickly reacted to the disappointing export sales report with limit losses. Additional sharp pressure is holding in cattle trade, adding to widespread market concerns.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Disappointment from lack of export sales to China last week has quickly sparked aggressive selling in lean hog futures. Limit losses developed early based on the lack of China interest. Cattle trade has continued lower, expanding...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Traders will closely focus on the weekly Export Sales report Thursday, looking for any additional China sales. This could help give additional direction to the complex.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Strong underlying pressure developed in live and feeder cattle futures. This pushed contracts to triple-digit losses as technical pressure quickly swept through the entire complex.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Sharp triple-digit losses have quickly swept through cattle trade with technical pressure moving through all contracts. Hog futures are mixed with very limited activity seen Wednesday.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Active pressure moved into live cattle and feeder cattle markets as technical weakness is posting moderate to active losses in most contracts. Limited weakness in hog futures may allow for renewed buying as the session continues.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Limited interest is expected in cattle futures early Wednesday as traders continue to hold prices in a narrow-to-moderate range. Early follow-through pressure is likely in hog trade, although the potential for short-covering is...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Hog futures quickly turned around midmorning as sharp triple digit losses quickly ran out of gas, leaving buyers an open door to move back into the complex.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Limited support is slowly but steadily developing in live cattle trade. This is helping to spark some underlying support through the entire cattle complex.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Strong triple-digit losses Monday is likely to limit buyer support early in the Tuesday session. This could leave markets lightly traded, bringing additional volatility to the complex.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Market weakness quickly developed in cattle and hog futures Monday. This softness focused on growing cattle supplies and concern that long-term pork demand will be unable to meet previous hopes.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Firm pressure has quickly developed Monday morning with cattle and hog futures holding triple digit losses. There continue to be increased weakness through the entire complex, although volume remains sluggish.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Initial mixed trade has turned lower with increased pressure developing in cattle and hog futures as traders return to the complex. Larger than expected feeder cattle placements in March is adding triple-digit pressure to summer...