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 Midday Livestock Comments

    Light volume is seen in all livestock trade as the observance of Veterans Day is keeping trade activity limited. Mixed cattle markets are being offset by strong gains in hog futures.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Firm support is seen through all livestock trade early Monday. Trade volumes remain limited due to Veterans Day being celebrated and some traders out of the market. Hog futures continue to lead the market higher with limited...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Moderate to strong pressure is seen in all livestock markets as triple digit losses hold in cattle and hog futures. The lack of support at the end of the week may put additional pressure early next week.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Strong additional pressure is seen in live and feeder cattle trade early Friday morning. This pressure is gaining momentum in nearby contracts with little to no buyer interest willing to limit early session pressure.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Grain market weakness has quickly adjusted trader activity through the cattle market with buyers moving back into the market as prices are holding firm support. Hog futures have pulled off of session lows, but still remain weaker...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Light to moderate pressure is seen in all livestock markets early Thursday morning. This may add some additional uncertainty through the complex with traders focusing on recent market pressure in cattle and hog trade.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Light activity is seen in most livestock trade late Wednesday morning. The initial move higher in nearby lean hog futures has eased at midday, allowing for additional market adjustments to take place through the midweek session...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Light activity is seen through the entire livestock market with traders focusing on covering positions from earlier in the week. The sharp losses Tuesday in hog trade may allow buyer momentum to develop.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Limit losses develop in front-month lean hog futures, adding to the already weak market tone through the session. This may spark some additional underlying weakness through the rest of the week in most livestock trade.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Fundamental buyer support is trying to redevelop through the Tuesday session as moderate gains are seen at midday following early trade weakness. Sharp triple-digit losses swept through hog trade, creating additional market...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Limited support is seen early Tuesday morning in cattle trade with light to moderate price support moving back into live cattle and nearby feeder cattle trade. This could help to solidify additional market buying as the session...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Sluggish activity is seen through the entire complex early Monday morning. The focus on nearby gains in hog trade seems to be helping to solidify additional buyer support slowly trickling into the complex. Cattle trade remains under...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Moderate to strong buyer support has moved into livestock trade with triple-digit gains seen across cattle and hog futures at midday. This late -week support is helping to solidify market momentum through the end of October.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Trade is mixed in light activity early Friday morning. Traders are trying to adjust to previous market shifts with a generally bearish tone continuing across the cattle complex.

  • (DTN file photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Active buying swept through lean hog trade as aggressive pressure in nearby feeder cattle trade is leading the complex lower. Lean hog futures are focusing on adjusting from sharp limit gains midweek, which is adding volatility to...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Limited direction is seen early Thursday morning with mixed market shifts seen in the opening minutes of activity. This could keep markets sluggish and within a narrow trading range through most of the session.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Active buying swept through lean hog trade. This moved nearby contracts sharply higher with December futures nearing daily trading limits through the morning. Firm support is seen in cattle trade, although market activity remains...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Triple-digit gains have flooded through the hog complex early Wednesday morning. This underlying support has helped to spark some additional activity to move into all livestock trade.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong market losses have quickly and aggressively moved through the cattle complex Tuesday morning. This is limiting expected early-week support and causing some longer-term market concerns. Hog futures have added to Monday...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Mixed trade seen Tuesday morning is being led higher by follow through support slowly but steadily moving through the lean hog complex. Moderate to firm pressure is quickly developing in cattle trade with outside market pressure...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Aggressive triple-digit buyer support has swept through nearby feeder cattle trade. This is helping to bring additional buyers to the market which were previously holding a defensive stance following last week's losses.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Cattle futures are moving higher in active triple-digit support as trader's factor into the smaller than expected gain in cattle in feedlots. Although supplies remain abundant, traders are focusing on potential market firmness...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures have shifted lower through the morning Friday. This is creating additional weakness through the entire complex.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Light trade activity is seen early Friday morning with additional market direction potentially trickling into the complex through the day. Firm gains have redeveloped in hog trade based on end of the week short covering activity.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Moderate to strong pressure is seen through the entire livestock complex. Lean hog trade remains focused on additional nearby liquidation, accounting for triple-digit losses at midday.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Light activity early Thursday morning is keeping most traders on the sidelines. This lack of movement is causing pressure in nearby contract months, while light support is developing in deferred markets.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Pressure is seen in all livestock futures trade. This has focused morning selling pressure on nearby lean hog futures with spot month contracts trading $1.70 per cwt lower. The lack of buyer interest in the market is expected to...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Early trade is holding livestock futures in a narrow trading range as limited interest is seen early Wednesday morning. This could continue to cause market adjustments through the upcoming session as traders remain focused on...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Lean hog futures are expected to benefit from follow-through buyer support earlier in the week. This could spark additional underlying activity, although initial volume is expected to remain light.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Limited support was seen in livestock trade Tuesday afternoon with strong triple-digit losses seen in feeder cattle market. Early support in hog trade helped to stabilize price levels through the end of the day.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Follow-through buyer support has quickly moved into the hog complex. This has pushed nearby contracts $1 per cwt higher through most of the morning. Additional weakness in feeder cattle trade is creating pressure in live cattle...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Prices have seen moderate trading ranges early Tuesday morning with firm support seen in lean hog futures while light to moderate pressure has swept through the cattle complex. This could allow for moderate market shifts...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Early trade Tuesday is likely to see a combination of follow-through buyer support and position-taking following strong early-week interest on Monday.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Strong late-day buyer support moved into live cattle futures, which helped to offset active pressure seen through most of the session. Triple-digit gains in hog futures are helping to spark renewed underlying trade activity.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong triple-digit gains have flooded the lean hog complex. This is pushing nearby lean hog trade to gains near $2 per cwt at midday as buyers quickly and aggressively step back into the complex.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Strong gains have quickly moved through the lean hog futures complex with triple-digit gains seen in all nearby contracts. This may spark additional underlying support through the entire livestock market.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Sharp follow-through losses have developed in feeder cattle trade at midday. This is putting pressure through the entire cattle market with limited volume keeping markets sluggish.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Firm losses have moved quickly through the livestock futures complex with cattle trade holding the most aggressive softness due to weakness in feeder cattle trade.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Hog futures are expected weak early Friday morning, although end-of-the-week positioning is expected to develop with traders focusing on bringing some stability to the weakening complex.

  • DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Additional triple-digit pressure is in most lean hog trade Thursday. The combined weakness this week has caused additional bearishness to develop through the entire complex.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Light activity is seen through the complex with prices mixed in cattle and hog futures. Nearby gains are being offset by follow-through pressure developing through the rest of the complex. This could keep markets hovering in a...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Follow-through pressure is expected through early trade Thursday morning. The widespread outside market losses continues to erode underlying commercial support across the livestock complex.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong losses are seen in most livestock trade midday Wednesday despite the early support seen in lean hog futures. This could further erode market support over the next couple of days.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Mixed trade is seen through livestock futures with moderate follow through pressure in cattle markets being countered by firming hog trade. The ability to bring some stability in hog futures could sharp some additional late week...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Early activity is expected to remain sluggish as a combination of short-covering and follow-through pressure develops. Concern of longer-term market shifts are starting to erode previous market support.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit losses have quickly developed in hog and cattle trade Tuesday morning. The previous market support has given way to aggressive price pressure with nearby contracts holding $1 per cwt losses.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Moderate weakness continues to develop across all livestock trade as traders start to adjust to sluggish market activity seen over the last couple of sessions. Light volume is expected through most of the morning, limiting the...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Late day support seen Monday due to light holiday trade is expected to carry over into early Tuesday morning activity. This could spark additional commercial buyer interest through the complex.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Market activity remains subdued Monday as the Columbus Day holiday has limited overall market participation and overall direction to all livestock markets. Mixed trade is holding at midday, with little change expected through the end...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Sluggish market activity is expected to be seen through the entire Columbus Day holiday. Although livestock futures are trading a normal schedule, the fact that it is a holiday may limit market participation.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Firm market support is expected to move into livestock trade early Monday morning following a volatile week of back and forth shifts during the first week of October. Trade volume is expected sluggish through initial trade...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Sharp gains quickly flooded into lean hog futures trade during late-week trade. This pushed most hog futures to triple-digit gains as buyers rebounded from previous pressure.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Moderate to strong support is quickly developing in nearby hog futures trade. This has pushed December contracts over $2 per cwt higher with triple-digit gains holding in all nearby trade.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Firm trade support is seen in all livestock trade as traders try to adjust for recent market pressure. The lean hog futures complex is leading the market higher with triple-digit gains seen in December contracts.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Follow-through pressure is expected through livestock trade early Friday morning. It is uncertain if the initial market move will be able to hold as late-week adjustments will be the focus of many traders.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Strong follow-through pressure developed Thursday afternoon in lean hog and feeder cattle futures as traders focused on additional market liquidation. Firming cash cattle activity is starting to develop, potentially sparking...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong market pressure has continued to develop Thursday in hog and feeder cattle trade. Mixed live cattle markets seem to be helping to stabilize market levels, but the tone still remains weak midday Thursday.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Active price pressure has continued to develop through the entire livestock market early Thursday morning. The development of triple-digit losses in lean hog and feeder cattle trade is causing some additional underlying concern...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    The strong market pressure midweek is expected to continue during initial market activity Thursday morning. Trade volume is likely to remain at a minimum during the first hour of trade, allowing potential wide price shifts.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Cattle and hog futures saw triple-digit price pressure Wednesday as traders quickly and aggressively moved away from previous support. This shift could cause some additional volatility through the end of the week.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong pressure is seen in cattle and hog futures. This may add some additional weakness through the rest of the week. Limited trade is expected to be seen across the complex due to the lower prices, which may limit overall...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Moderate to strong losses have quickly swept through the entire livestock complex. Lean hog futures are leading the shift lower with December contracts reaching losses near $2 per cwt in early trade.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Limited trade in a mixed price range is expected midweek as traders focus on what could be a choppy market shift through the end of the week. This may leave many traders on the sidelines watching not only livestock fundamentals...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Mixed activity was seen late Tuesday as buyers slowly trickled into the market following early morning pressure. Narrow trading ranges in most contracts left the market directionless, but allowed for previous firm market support...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Limited activity is seen in livestock futures Tuesday morning. Cattle futures are lower in light to moderate pressure with very little direction developing across the complex.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Trade Tuesday has turned sluggish as traders focus on market adjustments following the early-week rally. This may add some additional uncertainty through the complex over the next couple hours.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    A combination of strong follow-through support following the Monday gains, and position-taking is expected to develop early Tuesday morning with traders focusing on outside market direction and limited developments in market...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Sharp gains have continued to develop in lean hog futures. This consecutive triple-digit rally in lean hog futures may spark additional long-term support later in the week.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong follow-through buying has quickly flooded into lean hog futures. This is pushing most contracts $1.50 to $2 per cwt higher as traders remain focused on long-term buying interest developing across the complex.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Strong gains late last week and a fresh month and quarter is expected to bring light buyer support back to the complex early Monday. Volume is expected to remain limited most of Monday morning, but the underlying tone of the...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Live and feeder cattle futures posted triple-digit gains as early week pressure was offset by commercial buying support. Lean hog futures have struggled to keep pace, eroding at midweek.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Light to moderate support is seen through the entire cattle complex midday Wednesday. This support is focusing on commercial buyers moving back into the complex following early-week market adjustments.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Light to moderate buyer support is moving back into the cattle complex. This is helping to spark some underlying buyer interest through the entire cattle complex.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Sluggish trade activity within a narrow to moderate trading range is expected in livestock futures early Wednesday morning. Light volume may attempt to adjust positions midweek.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Limited activity developed late in the day across cattle markets, pushing prices higher and attempting to bring some stability to the market following Monday's losses.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Light trade is seen through the entire livestock complex with traders looking for additional underlying support. The narrow trading ranges seen at midday are likely to hold through the end of the session.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Very little market direction is seen early Tuesday morning. This may limit additional market moves during most of the trading session. The sharp losses seen Monday in cattle markets seem to be focusing on the ability to find market...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Firm pressure is likely to develop in most contracts with traders still focusing on growing supplies in cattle trade, while the release of the Cold Storage report will bring about increased market weakness Tuesday.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures traders worked the information from Friday's Cattle on Feed report through most of the session. This left prices with triple-digit losses, although volume remained moderate.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Firm pressure in cattle trade is setting the tone as traders continue to trade the cattle on feed data through the day Monday. This is expected to leave cattle futures weak through the end of the session.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Light-to-moderate price pressure is expected to slowly develop through live cattle and feeder cattle trade with traders focusing on Fridays, Cattle on Feed report.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Light to moderate pressure is seen through the cattle complex following the cattle on feed report Friday. This is weakening the overall tone of the market in early-week trade.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Limited activity developed in all livestock trade Wednesday with very little market direction seen. Cattle markets were contained to narrow market moves as traders tried to establish short- and long-term direction.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Trade remains mixed in all livestock markets with very little activity seen through the morning. Sluggish market moves are expected through the end of the session.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Limited pressure in light trade is eroding live cattle futures early Wednesday morning. This may add some additional market softness as the session continues, but losses seem to be well contained following recent market surges...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Limited activity is expected early Wednesday morning with traders looking for additional longer-term direction and the potential to bring additional support to hog futures.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Strong support exploded in nearby lean hog futures early Tuesday morning with October futures sparking additional underlying support in all lean hog contracts. Cattle futures were under limited pressure as traders continue to...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Aggressive market support continues to develop across the complex in lean hog trade. This is helping bring increased momentum through the entire market.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Limited activity is expected to be seen early Tuesday, with mixed market activity developing as traders focus on market fundamentals and outside market direction.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Following the sharp market rally seen Friday, trade Monday seemed generally sluggish with prices mixed through the complex. Cattle markets are mixed to mostly higher, but any sense of support limited buyer support and minimized any...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Sluggish market activity is seen early in the complex with active pressure in lean hog futures easing slightly as the morning continues. Mixed trade looks for increased buyer support early in the week.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Traders in the cattle complex are pulling back from triple-digit gains seen late last week. This focus is expected to be position taking at this point given the limited volume and wide market swings in the complex. Market stability...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Mixed trade is expected to develop Monday morning as the sharp gains in cattle markets Friday will spark some additional market movements.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    The livestock futures followed a strong, early rally in live cattle contracts on Friday. October live cattle futures posted limit gains as traders broke out of the sideways trading pattern.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit buying has quickly moved into all cattle markets following front-month October futures bursting above $112 per cwt through morning activity. This has sparked widespread buyer support through all cattle markets.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Light to moderate support is seen in the cattle complex. This is helping to spark some additional underlying support through the entire complex. Hog futures remain mixed in limited early morning activity Friday. This could help to...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Limited direction is expected early Friday morning as most traders will focus their attention elsewhere. The impact of Hurricane Florence will likely have a huge impact on all markets through the end of the week.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Livestock futures bounced back from early lows, but a lack of trade interest combined with aggressive gains at midday has led to uncertainty through the market. Continued outside market pressure is adding to the uncertainty.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Buyer support has attempted to trickle into early losses across livestock futures. This is keeping prices mixed in a narrow to moderate range. Trade volume is expected to remain sluggish through the remainder of the session.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Early pressure quickly developed in livestock futures with traders looking for increased overall stability following aggressive midweek gains. Moderate losses appear to be holding with losses seen through the entire cattle and hog...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Early follow-through buyer support is expected Thursday morning. This is likely to spark some additional underlying activity through the entire complex. But the recent gains may allow for widespread volatility through the end of the...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Strong gains quickly developed in all livestock trade with cattle and hog futures holding triple-digit gains in nearby contract months. This is helping to calm some fears that additional weakness may trickle through the market in the...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Aggressive support has quickly moved into all livestock markets with triple-digit gains holding in nearby cattle and hog futures. There continues to be additional buyer support moving into the market following additional corn market...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Sluggish activity is seen in all livestock markets early Wednesday morning. Traders seem to be focusing more on potential outside market shifts midday than any directional market moves in cattle on hog markets. Mixed trade is seen...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Light to moderate pressure is expected early Wednesday, despite limited volume may keep trade mixed in a narrow to moderate range. Most of the focus Wednesday will be shifted to the grain complex as traders look toward the USDA...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Light-to-moderate pressure was seen in all livestock trade Tuesday as traders remain unable or unwilling to step back into the complex. Limited new information left traders focused on sluggish market activity and further price...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Markets remain soft early Tuesday, although very little additional market direction is expected to be seen through the rest of the session.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Limited trade is seen through the complex Tuesday morning with light to moderate price pressure developing cattle and hog futures. Markets remain in a sideways trading pattern, with no indication of breaking out of this range.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Narrow trading ranges are expected to once again develop early Tuesday morning in all livestock markets. This could keep traders on the sidelines looking for additional outside market direction through much of the morning.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Firm pressure swept through most lean hog futures in the late minutes of trade Monday. Limited trade volume has increased concern that additional volatility may quickly develop.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Light activity is seen through the entire complex. This is leaving very little long-term direction in the market Monday as traders look for fundamental market moves.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Trading ranges remain mixed in all livestock trade early Monday morning. This is adding to the recent market shifts seen late last week and is expected to bring about increased trade volume later Monday.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Limited hog market support late last week is likely to allow limited trade in futures early on Monday. Traders are expected to remain on the sidelines in all markets during early trade.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Moderate-to-strong buyer support in the cattle trade late Friday helped to offset the lack of direction seen through most of the holiday-shortened week. Hog markets closed mixed after posting firm losses most of the session.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Moderate pressure is seen in lean hog futures trade as traders have quickly backed away from previous gains. Firm interest is trickling into cattle trade, posting solid gains late Friday.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Narrow trading ranges have once again developed early Friday. This may keep markets stable through the end of the week.

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Traders continue to focus on limit gains in front-month October lean hog futures Thursday as end-of-the-week buying is expected to continue. The overall support through the hog market continues to spark some return interest...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Aggressive buyer support quickly swept into the lean hog complex Thursday, pushing front-month October futures $3 per hundredweight higher. The focus on potential global demand helped spark buyers' interest, but aggressive gains...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Buyer support has returned to nearby lean hog futures with triple-digit gains seen in October and December contracts. The focus on increased cash hog prices is helping to solidify trader confidence.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Narrow trading ranges have been seen in cattle markets with live cattle markets showing very little direction. Hog futures are firmly higher based on strong follow-through buying.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Prices remained choppy through most of the midweek session. Mixed trade was seen in most contracts as traders try to adjust markets following previous market shifts last week and Tuesday.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Follow-through support has quickly moved into nearby lean hog futures with the strongest support developing in front-month October contracts. Live cattle markets remain unwilling to shift higher following early-morning pressure...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Traders are slowly backing away from the strong early-week support seen in markets Tuesday. Limited trade is seen early Wednesday, which is holding narrow price pressure in all markets.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong triple-digit gains have quickly moved into livestock trade Tuesday morning. Traders who took protection late last week have moved back into the complex with triple-digit gains holding at midday.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Limited market activity is seen through the livestock markets with cattle futures mixed in a narrow to moderate range. Early-week support has trickled into lean hog futures, but buyer depth is still uncertain.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Sharp price shifts have quickly developed Friday due to limited activity and traders squaring positions at the end of August. Markets will remain closed until Tuesday due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Light to moderate buyer interest slowly moved into live cattle and feeder cattle futures trade Thursday morning. This helped to spark some additional underlying activity during late-week trade.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Light buyer support is slowly stepping back into the complex. There is growing interest through the end of the week as traders look for cash interest developing through the complex.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures have turned lower once again as follow through weakness has offset any initial support moving into the complex. Hog futures are mixed after early buyer support has tried to create market stability.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Traders have quickly moved away from the wide price swings seen early in the week with markets mixed in a narrow trading range during early midweek trade. This could help to draw additional commercial support to the entire complex...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit losses have quickly developed in most livestock contracts Tuesday morning. Traders are quickly readjusting market positions following the overall lack of follow-through support seen in cattle and hog trade Tuesday.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Narrow trading ranges have slowly trickled into livestock trade with mixed lean hog futures and narrow losses seen in cattle markets. The limited volume is keeping most traders on the sidelines.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    December lean hog futures are locked in limit gains of $3 per cwt as traders quickly rebounded from pressure that developed late last week. The increased volatility seen in the last week is expected to keep markets moving in a...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Strong triple-digit gains have exploded in nearby lean hog futures. The renewed support seen Monday could help to spark additional commercial and investment trade back into the complex. This could lead to limit gains through...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Sharp triple-digit losses have quickly developed in all cattle trade. The overall lack of support comes after very limited activity through most of the morning and general market uncertainty during the week.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Early livestock trade remains directionless with prices mixed in a narrow to moderate range. This has limited overall direction in cattle and hog futures as traders appear to be allowing markets to coast into the weekend break.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Moderate weakness has developed across the livestock complex Thursday morning. This is adding even more weakness to the complex with traders looking for additional uncertainty through the entire complex.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Limited activity Wednesday through the entire complex. This may add some additional uncertainty through the end of the week. Trade is focused on the ability to spark additional buying in lean hog markets through the end of the week.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Active pressure has continued through all livestock futures. Even though cattle and hog futures are holding triple-digit losses, limited trade volume is likely to be seen through the end of the session.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Livestock futures have stabilized Tuesday morning following early-week pressure. The ability to bring limited buying support back to the complex is helping keep prices firm.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Limited activity was seen through the entire complex. This may add some additional uncertainty to the through the end of the week. Trade focus is expected to remain on the ability to spark additional buyer activity in lean hog...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Livestock futures have stabilized Tuesday morning following early-week pressure. The ability to bring limited buying support back to the complex is helping keep prices firm.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Narrow trading ranges are seen in all livestock markets early in the session Tuesday. This may add some additional uncertainty through the morning following market positioning seen on Monday.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Pressure has redeveloped across the lean hog complex as traders have focused on squaring positions following the aggressive shift higher over the last week.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Early pressure is seen in cattle trade Monday morning. The focus has moved to limited position taking following strong triple-digit gains seen late last week. Limited volume is expected through most of the morning.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Despite limited trade seen in all livestock markets Friday, moderate to firm gains have held across lean hog trade with the focus on extending previous support is carried into the weekend.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Moderate to strong support is seen early Friday in all livestock trade. This is helping to solidify the moves higher seen through the last couple of days and likely spark additional buyer interest before the session ends.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Nearby lean hog futures have posted $3 per cwt gains, which has hit the daily trading limit. The focus on the potential for announced talks with China improving the trade situation has sparked widespread buying.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Active buyer support has quickly flooded into the lean hog complex with nearby contracts surging above $2 per cwt. The focus on potential trade talks between the U.S. and China has helped to rekindle a bullish market tone.

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Narrow trading ranges have held in most livestock contracts Tuesday morning. This may keep market interest sluggish through most of the session.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Moderate to firm gains have moved back into live cattle and feeder cattle trade. This is helping some buyer activity move back into all markets, as traders look at potential late-year support through the entire complex.