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.

Recent Blogs by Author

  • Beef production is widespread through the nation. Listing state cow numbers by "cow density" reminds us just how evident beef cattle production is in all 50 states. (DTN chart by Rick Kment)

    A trip through our great nation makes one realize just how vast and wide reaching the cattle industry really is. When state beef cattle totals are broken down, it becomes very clear that the...

  • Lean hog futures have rallied sharply higher following reports that German pork exports were banned in several countries. The bullish buyer support remains strong but may limit further gains until the U.S gets confirmation of increased export business. (DTN/ProphetX chart by Rick Kment)

    With the focus on the COVID-19 pandemic over the last seven months, the previous hype and concern surrounding African swine fever was put on the back burner. But last week, one wild boar in...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Livestock markets appear to need another cup of coffee before showing significant movement or direction, as lethargic activity is seen across the entire complex with narrow trading ranges...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Strong gains Tuesday in cattle futures opens the door for additional but strong spillover buying to develop Wednesday. Traders are also focused on end of the month and quarter positioning, which will break away from typical...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Strong early gains moved into cattle futures with feeder cattle buying leading the market higher as traders back away from previous losses. Mixed trade in hog futures creates growing uncertainty of market direction.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Following limited activity and mixed price shifts Monday, traders seem to be reverting to a more stable short-term pattern at the end of the month. With no significant reports or outside market shifts expected, cattle and hog...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Cattle futures have posted light to moderate losses as traders add to the market weakness seen Friday following the larger than expected placement and inventory levels in Friday's report. Hog futures are mixed with directional...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Friday's Cattle on Feed report is viewed bearish following larger-than-expected placements and overall cattle inventory levels, but given the move lower Friday in cattle futures, it is uncertain just how much downward pressure may...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Hog futures traded firmly lower during initial trade, but sellig pressure quickly fizzled out, allowing for aggressive price gains in spot October futures. Cattle trade remains under pressure with traders looking for direction from...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Stronger cash cattle trade Thursday helped to offset growing concerns of further immediate pressure through the livestock complex at the end of the month. Cattle traders will focus on the upcoming Cattle on Feed report. While...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    The lack of exuberant news in the weekly export sales report left hog futures slightly disappointed Thursday morning. Although exports were far from "bad" the lack of aggressive increases dampened optimism through the hog complex.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Lean hog trade will focus on the release of two significant reports Thursday. The weekly Export Sales report will start the day, and ending the day with the quarterly Hogs and Pigs report at 2 p.m. This could create moderate hog...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Support has quickly moved into the cattle complex with traders adjusting positions after the early-week selloff. The focus on potentially higher cash cattle trade by the end of the week is sparking increased underlying support...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Firm support in lean hog futures Tuesday is expected to create underlying support as technical support is developing due to trading focusing on potential export pork demand through the upcoming weeks.

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Lack of follow-through pressure in outside markets has rekindled buyer support in all lean hog trade as nearby contracts have held aggressive triple-digit gains at opening bell. Cattle futures are mixed with limited support seen...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The report-filled week consisting of the release of Cold Storage Report, Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report, and Cattle on Feed Report will likely keep traders focusing on market fundamentals through the rest of the week.

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Firm losses in outside markets Monday morning quickly changed the tone of livestock trade at opening bell. This developing pressure continues to add concerns that widespread liquidation may develop.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The bounce in cash cattle trade is creating additional expectations for additional support through the end of September. This is likely to focus on trader's positioning for further cash price gains later in the week.

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Prices are mixed in cattle and hog futures early Friday morning. Although most of the focus remains in lean hog trade, the lack of active price movement in all markets could limit trader activity through the rest of the week.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Lean hog markets continue to remain in the spotlight with the focus on changes in global demand sparking additional interest in U.S. pork. Underlying support is expected to continue through the end of the week, potentially helping...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Active pork purchases heading to China last week shaped active gains in nearby lean hog futures Thursday morning. This rekindled underlying bullish market support based on the potential to continue to expand pork sales over the...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Firm pressure in feeder cattle futures midweek has started to create some additional concern of further support in the cattle market during late September. Although at this point, prices remain well within the wide sideways trend...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Aggressive gains in wholesale pork values Tuesday afternoon has gained the attention of most hog traders as they focus on the confirmation that pork prices are quickly following recent futures gains higher. This could rekindle...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Uncertainty about whether cash cattle trade will follow through the recent price surge in futures trade is leaving markets sluggish midweek. Hog traders are trying to establish a new market range given the changing export market...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Strong gains have redeveloped in lean hog trade as the underlying optimism in the complex offsetting early week price adjustments. Longer term market optimism will continue to be countered with traders taking profits following...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Price retractions in lean hog futures Monday focused on the uncertainty of just how much fundamental or technical support will hold as export adjustments develop surrounding Germany's African swine fever case. Cattle futures...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Firm underlying support is slowly but steadily developing in cattle trade Monday morning. The ability to regain buyer support has helped add technical momentum to the complex during early week trade. Hog futures are mixed as...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Underlying support is expected to redevelop in lean hog futures as traders continue to focus on long-term implications of export demand shifts over the coming weeks and months. But traders are also looking for opportunities to...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Expanded trading limits are being used in spot October lean hog futures as traders push prices above $68 per cwt. This support in hog trade is becoming more centered in nearby contracts as questions of long-term market...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The confirmation Thursday of an African swine fever case in Germany sparked widespread market support in lean hog futures as South Korea was the first country to announce bans on pork from the country. This added significant...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Limit gains in lean hog futures have sparked underlying support in all livestock markets. Reports that South Korea is implementing a ban on German pork following a African Swine Fever case in Germany is giving new life to the hog...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures posted short-term highs in all nearby contracts Wednesday, sparking expectations of further buyer support through the week. Concern that further follow-through selling in cattle futures is developing as cash...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Light to moderate losses have slowly developed in nearby cattle futures with most of the focus on nearby live cattle trade Wednesday morning. Follow-through support in hog futures is sustaining previous momentum, but limiting...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The ability to push cattle futures higher Tuesday is creating underlying optimism through the live cattle and feeder cattle complex Wednesday morning. The focus on breaking away from traditional market seasonality in a year that...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Mixed trade is seen early Tuesday morning as traders eagerly step back into the complex following a long holiday weekend. The limited volume seen last week in front of the holiday has allowed for increased market activity in cattle...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    The inability to stop the downward sliding prices in live cattle and feeder cattle has allowed for light to moderate pressure to redevelop at opening bell. This could spark renewed uncertainty through the end of the week. Hog...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Given limited activity in livestock trade and a long holiday weekend ahead, further market swings are very possible without any significant change in long-term fundamental or technical factors. This could lead to another round of...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Cattle futures are shifting lower despite limited trade volume. The overall lack of market activity is having the greatest impact on nearby live cattle futures. Hog futures are mixed in a narrow but sideways range Wednesday.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Narrow gains Tuesday in cattle trade is expected to create market stability as traders focus more on holiday positioning and long-term demand than day-to-day market shifts. Limited activity is likely to be seen through most of...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Livestock futures have bounced higher as traders move into September. Limited overall volume is seen through the entire complex, with expectations that prices will remain generally stable through most of the week. But the higher...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Following strong pressure over the last week in all livestock trade, traders move into the month of September with concern that the weaker trend will continue. Limited activity through the rest of the week is expected with...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Trade interest remains sluggish early Monday morning as traders returned following sharp Friday losses, but seem to be focused more on position squaring than continuing weaker trends that started last week. Narrow market moves...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Limited support is expected to develop early Monday in cattle or hog futures as traders continue to focus on end-of-month position-taking and concerns that additional pressure may develop ahead of the Labor Day weekend. Trade...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Active pressure has continued to develop in cattle and hog futures with traders looking for support levels, but unable to find any. The concern that meat values will start to erode in the near future is causing additional concern...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Firm underlying pressure is steadily moving into live and feeder cattle futures during the week, creating concerns of further price pressure during early September. Hog futures are showing limited stability, but questions if...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Cattle trade remains mixed to mostly lower early Thursday as traders continue to wrestle with the impact of sharp losses seen Wednesday. This could lead to back-and-forth market shifts through the end of the week.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Active losses Wednesday across livestock trade sparked renewed concerns that additional market weakness is likely to develop through the end of the week. This will likely create moderate pressure early Thursday as traders take...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Livestock futures are mixed as traders back away from Tuesday's gains. But the ability to bring some stability into what started as a very bearish week, seems to be attracting limited attention from traders.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Following early week pressure in cattle trade, the focus on continued strength in boxed beef markets has sparked renewed buyer interest to develop in live cattle and feeder cattle trade. Although upward price support is...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Live cattle futures are mixed in narrow trading range Tuesday morning. This is breaking away from sharp Monday losses, helping to add some needed stability into the complex.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Trade reactions from Friday's bearish Cattle on Feed report will likely carry pressure going into Tuesday's trade. But the focus on moving forward and potential short-term demand is expected to bring buyers back to the table...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Early triple-digit losses developed in live cattle and feeder cattle futures as traders get the first chance to trade the bearish cattle on feed report. The sharp gain in placement levels in July was the main focus of the report...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Early trade Monday in cattle futures will be focused on the higher-than-expected placement and cattle numbers in Friday's Cattle on Feed Report. Pre-report selling ahead of the report pressured the market Friday, but it is...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Traders are slow to enter the market early Friday morning with increased underlying pressure in nearby cattle trade as traders adjust positions ahead of the afternoon cattle on feed report.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Lean hog futures broke out of previous trading ranges Thursday as bullish technical support became the main driver of triple-digit gains. This underlying support is expected to continue early Friday, although a combination of...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Sharp gains are seen in nearby lean hog futures trade Thursday morning. This has sparked aggressive triple-digit buying in both October and December futures based on expected follow through fundamental support.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Active gains in cash and pork cutout prices midweek has sparked renewed underlying support across the entire complex. The focus on active pork clearance ahead of Labor Day is creating hope buyer momentum will continue into fall...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Limited market activity is seen early Wednesday morning, although buyers are evident across the complex with all nearby contracts posting moderate gains. The focus on short covering in hog futures and renewed momentum in feeder...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Moderate to firm gains in cash cattle trade and boxed beef values Tuesday is creating additional optimism through the complex. Traders are breaking away from grain market moves and focusing on upcoming meat demand. Hog futures...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Buyer support is steadily moving back into the feeder cattle futures which tumbled lower Monday. Lower corn prices is helping to calm fears of surging production costs, giving some hope that...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Follow-through buying is steadily moving into live cattle and lean hog futures Friday morning. This movement is limiting price gains, but the underlying firm market tone continues to quickly develop.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Following another round of active cash cattle support last week, feeders are gearing up for another round of price gains. Limited cash market information is likely Tuesday, but the tone remains bullish given the recent market...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Trade continues to balance short- and long-term meat demand needs, leaving futures prices mixed in a narrow range early Friday morning. This could keep markets subdued through most of the session.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cash cattle trade continues to shift higher throughout the week with some traders still holding out for higher money Friday morning. This could allow light-to-moderate trade to trickle in through late week trade with limited cash...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Active early week gains in all cattle trade has sparked renewed bullish optimism ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend. Live cattle futures continue to set new short-term highs, driven primarily by technical support across live...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Sharp losses in lean hog futures Tuesday added to the wide market swings seen during early August. Pork prices were unable to continue the surge higher last week, and that is bringing increased caution to the entire complex...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Narrow price moves seen Tuesday morning quickly dashed hopes of further widespread gains across livestock trade. This is causing traders to make light to moderate adjustments and could limit further short-term price support.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Active gains Monday in all livestock trade set sights even higher as traders enter the market early Tuesday morning. The expectation that firming price levels will develop as traders look for increased technical and fundamental...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Strong underlying support is redeveloping in lean hog trade Monday morning with the focus on technical support breaking out of the previous trading range. This could help to bring additional commercial interest back to the market.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Elevated cash cattle sales last week helped to spark renewed fundamental interest through the complex. But this has left futures trade searching for additional longer-term direction. Hog futures appear to focus on expanding last...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Despite firmness in cash cattle trade and higher boxed beef values, futures trade is posting losses in most contracts. The inability to rekindle buyer activity at the end of the week could limit follow-through buyer support.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures are expected to coast into the weekend with limited significant market moves likely to develop before the end of the week. Firm support in boxed beef values and cash cattle trade is sparking additional interest...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Firming cash market support during the week is helping to drive additional buyer support into live cattle and feeder cattle trade. This will continue to be closely watched to determine if nearby live cattle contracts can break...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cash cattle trade in the South is starting to develop with prices generally $2 to $3 per cwt higher than last week's levels. The underlying support is expected to add firmness to nearby futures trade.

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Early moves in live cattle and feeder cattle have pushed prices in opposite directions. This is creating underlying concerns about sustaining recent highs in live cattle trade.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Firm pressure is expected to continue in lean hog trade Tuesday morning following early week pressure in nearby contracts. With August and October futures now trading under the $50 per cwt price levels, additional concerns are...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Limited interest is seen in cattle markets Monday morning with traders focusing more on position adjustments following last week's gains, rather than any widespread market adjustments. Hog futures are showing increased pressure...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Traders are entering the month of August with optimism that strong momentum built at the end of July will redevelop in cattle futures. Spot-month live cattle and feeder cattle trade set short-term highs Friday, setting the bar...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Trade has slowed in cattle markets as aggressive buyers so active the last two sessions seemed content to allow prices stabilize before assessing further direction. This could lead to lightly traded market moves over the next two...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Strong buyer support in all cattle trade over the last two days has been driven by technical buyer support moving back into the complex. Although there is underlying support for additional short-term gains, the ability to break...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Firm buyer support quickly moved back into live cattle and feeder cattle futures at opening bell, confirming the buyer support redeveloping in the complex. Moderate pressure in lean hog futures trade is focusing on the lack of...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle traders continue to focus on the ability to regain early week losses, while focusing on firming cash cattle trade and stable wholesale beef values. This could spark renewed buyer support in most cattle futures contracts...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Initial short covering moved into cattle futures Tuesday morning as traders focus on finding buyer interest following the market adjustment Monday. This is leading to limited market direction, but mixed price levels during early trade.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit pressure in live cattle and feeder cattle trade late Monday has sparked growing uncertainty about the ability to sustain recent buyer momentum. The potential for firm follow-through technical pressure in cattle trade...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    With no major surprises in either the Cattle on Feed, or Cattle Inventory report Friday, traders are busy unwinding protection that was built into the market before the reports were released. This has helped to spark limited but...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Following a full day schedule of Cattle reports Friday afternoon, traders will have little ammunition to make significant market changes during early week trade. Some post-report adjustments are likely Monday morning.

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Firm but limited buyer support is moving into cattle traders with traders covering short positions that developed Thursday. Although no major surprises are expected in the slate of afternoon cattle reports, the opportunity to...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The cattle market closed under light-to-moderate pressure Thursday with additional volatility expected during early trade Friday morning. With two major reports hitting the cattle industry at the end of the day, further report...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Lean hog futures led the complex higher early Thursday morning. The focus on continued support in cash hog markets and expectations that additional firmness may develop as traders continue to weigh potential demand support...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Following the Cold Storage Report and USDA Cattle Price Investigation Wednesday, and the Cattle Inventory Report and Cattle on Feed Report through the rest of the week, traders have mixed short-term and long-term market...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Livestock futures are bouncing around in a narrow range as very limited changes are seen in market conditions through the week. Traders continue to focus on reports at the end of the week, hoping for some additional direction...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Three major reports in the cattle industry will be released this week, allowing traders to focus on adjusting numbers and short- and long-term production expectations for the beef industry.

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Traders stepped back into the market with light to moderate gains in nearby contracts as short covering became the buzzword of the morning early Tuesday. This may limit upward support as buyer depth appears to be quickly...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    As new cases of COVID-19 hit record levels, growing concern on how this will impact not only meat production, but overall demand for meat through the upcoming weeks and months is adding uncertainty to price levels.

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Traders are slowly backing away from last week's gains. The ability to cover positions following wide market shifts over the past few days brought about early selling Monday.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The firm undertone seen last week in cash and futures cattle trade is expected to test buyer support Monday morning. Although the expectation for follow-through buying remains, early-week position-taking may develop.

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Strong gains have held Thursday morning. This is sparking renewed interest in all livestock trade.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle markets appear to be reaching a crossroads following aggressive market gains Tuesday. The ability to test two-month highs will be watched closely as traders look for additional fundamental support.

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Traders have quickly backed away from the market losses seen Tuesday. This has caused increased underlying support in all markets, although nearby live cattle and lean hog futures are setting the firming tone early Wednesday...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Firm losses Tuesday in all livestock markets sparked underlying concerns that buyer momentum seen at the end of last week was quickly slipping away. The renewed weakness across the complex rekindled bearish market concerns in all...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Limited direction is seen early Tuesday morning with live cattle futures holding narrow losses in all contracts as traders focus on the lack of recent support in beef values. The narrow trading ranges during initial trade could...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Firm underlying support on Monday in lean hog futures is helping to spark the expectation of limited follow-through support through the hog complex as the week continues. With August lean hog futures now moving above $50 per...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Feeder cattle futures are leading the cattle complex higher with triple-digit gains Monday morning. The focus on testing short-term resistance levels is sparking additional widespread support through the complex.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    August Live cattle futures closed at $100 per cwt even Friday afternoon, helping to spark renewed market optimism that additional, light but supportive momentum may continue in early-week trade. Limited market volume is expected...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Livestock futures are holding a steady pattern early Friday morning with mixed trade seen in all contracts. The lack of additional technical or fundamental news Friday morning is creating a calming effect across the complex.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    The ability to post moderate-to-strong gains in all nearby livestock trade Thursday is creating some follow-through support at the end of the week. Cash market support has helped to put the focus on further possible buyer...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Gains trickled into all nearby livestock futures with increased underlying support moving markets off support levels, but still creating uncertainty in longer-term direction.

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures are slowly retracting gains seen last week with limited market direction developing as traders continue to keep prices contained within a moderate sideways range.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Follow-through pressure is slowly but steadily moving into the livestock market despite initial attempts of short covering in several cattle contracts. Limited volume is expected most of the day, potentially limiting price shifts in all...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Limited trading volume early in the week in cattle and hog futures has left the markets unable to rekindle buyer support seen during the holiday week. This could allow for further sideways market shifts during the upcoming days.

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Livestock futures are mixed in narrow trading ranges with very limited moves seen across the entire complex. The strong gains in cattle trade over the last two sessions are sparking a desire for limited market positioning due to...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Compared to strong triple-digit gains seen the last two trading sessions, early trade Tuesday is expected to remain much more subdued as traders take on a more defensive role, trying to add further support to market prices...

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    DTN Before The Bell Livestock

    Follow-through buying quickly stepped back into the livestock market as traders return from the long holiday weekend. Nearby lean hog futures are leading the shift higher with August futures breaking above the $50 per cwt...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Strong triple-digit gains late last week helped to create renewed optimism through the entire cattle complex. It is uncertain just how much follow-through buyer support will move back into the market following the holiday break...

  • DTN Early Word Livestock Comments

    Despite the potential for moderate end-of-the-week market shifts as traders prepare for the long holiday weekend, limited market direction is expected Thursday. Trade volume is expected to remain sluggish with some traders...