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

    Active buying continues to develop in lean hog trade as nearby contracts post gains near $2.50 per cwt in June and July contracts. This is allowing for aggressive market support to redevelop across the entire complex. Firm buyer...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Cattle markets have quickly moved sharply lower. The losses have adjusted to the increased placement levels seen in feeder cattle numbers on the cattle on feed report. This could add even more uncertainty to the volatile market...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Light late-day activity shifted wide prices moves seen early in cattle and hog markets to a moderate close Tuesday. This lack of definition moved all markets to a mixed close.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The losses developing in hog futures has continued to leave markets under pressure. Cattle markets are mixed to mostly lower after giving up strong price losses. This has continued to erode market support but is not yet...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Firm buyer support redeveloped in feeder cattle futures with summer contracts posting triple-digit gains as traders focus on continued supply tightness and potential firming demand ahead of the summer months. There continues to...

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Sharp losses have quickly developed through the lean hog futures complex. This has allowed for pressure of $1.50 to $2 per cwt to quickly move into nearby and deferred contracts. Cattle markets remain mixed following the inability...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Triple digit gains have led cattle markets higher Wednesday morning. The strong triple digit support seen Tuesday has sparked widespread support through the entire cattle market. This is unable to bring buyer activity to hog...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Buyers flood into cattle markets midday Tuesday. The cattle market quickly surged higher with triple-digit gains exploded into the live cattle and feeder cattle markets. April live cattle futures are trading $2 per cwt higher at...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Early trade in cattle markets extends early-week support. These gains offset early morning softness in the hog complex. Light trade is seen in all livestock markets as traders look for outside market direction and movement in...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Feeder cattle markets lead the complex higher Monday morning with triple-digit support. Prices have backed away from early buyer activity as the morning has progressed, but markets have remained aggressively higher with...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Strong quickly move into cattle futures Monday. This aggressive turn in the market has posted triple-digit gains in both live cattle and feeder cattle trade, allowing for buyers to quickly turn markets higher despite fundamental...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Cattle trade has scurried higher once again through the last couple of trading sessions with strong end-of-week buying defying the odds. April live cattle futures are attempting to close over $120 per cwt for the week, which...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Light follow-through gains develop in cattle trade with traders focusing on potential cash market development later in the day. Hog markets are under pressure early Friday morning.

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong price support has quickly moved into livestock trade despite a sluggish start. The aggressive price move across the complex has been led by triple digit moves in feeder cattle markets, moving above $131 per cwt in nearby...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Sluggish trade has kept trade limited early Thursday morning. This is keeping traders inactive as prices have been extremely subdued in the early minutes of trade activity. Following the active liquidation seen through the week, the...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Sharp pressure early Wednesday morning led to quiet trade through the rest of the session as traders quickly ran out of gas. This led the entire complex to a quietly mixed trade at closing bell. Traders continue to focus on...

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Cattle markets continue to turn lower with front month April futures leading the way. Commercially led contracts are the focus of the market shift as traders continue to ratchet back from the market shifts seen during late...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Follow-through losses develop in livestock futures. The cattle market continues to lead the complex lower as feeder cattle trade remains under sharp pressure based on traders liquidating the rapid market surge seen during the...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Traders continued to back away from the market Tuesday with triple-digit losses seen during the session. Wide-ranging losses developed in both cattle and hog markets as traders remain focused on the uncertainty in both cash and...

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Feeder cattle futures hold triple-digit losses at midday. This continues to limit the ability for market stability to move back into the cattle complex as traders liquidate additional positions through the cattle complex.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Aggressive pressure has swept through feeder cattle markets early Tuesday morning as spillover liquidation moved through the complex. This combined pressure has quickly developed across the complex, leading additional traders to...

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Feeder cattle futures hold triple-digit losses at midday Monday. These losses continue to focus on the renewed buyer support developing in corn markets and liquidation developing across the entire cattle complex through the morning.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Light pressure developed in livestock futures early Monday morning. This pressure slowly developed as traders moved into the month of April. There is very little interest in finding market direction at this point in either live cattle...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Early trade Friday turned lower Friday in livestock markets as traders prepare for month end. This has resulted in additional moderate to strong pressure in live and feeder cattle markets during the first few minutes of trade...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Short-covering is taking place ahead of the Hogs and Pigs report in the lean hog futures trade. This is bringing strong buyer support back into the market. Cattle futures have quickly eroded Thursday morning with deferred...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Initial pressure in livestock trade offset midweek buyer support as traders try to jockey for position through the end of the month. Cash cattle trade is still undeveloped through the week, which may bring some definition to the...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Aggressive feeder cattle gains offset narrow losses in lean hog futures midday Wednesday. Overall trade through the morning has remained sluggish across the entire livestock market with traders looking for additional market...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Follow-through gains develop in cattle trade as traders look for the potential for firming cash cattle trade to develop through the end of the week. Cash markets are still undeveloped, but the Fed Cattle Exchange Auction will...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit losses develop in hog and feeder cattle complex early Monday morning. This continued pressure continues to focus on the longer-term focus of increased supply growth in hog numbers.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Firm Pressure Develops in Livestock Futures as traders quickly step into both live cattle and lean hog futures. Triple-digit losses are seen in live cattle and lean hog futures early Monday morning.

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Aggressive triple-digit losses have flooded through lean hog futures trade Friday morning. This has quickly offset any sense of support seen in the complex after the strong gains that developed Thursday. Cattle markets are mixed...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Activity levels remain extremely light early Friday morning with mixed trade seen in all markets. The focus on trade adjustments in front of the afternoon cattle on feed report could affect cattle market direction the rest of the...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong triple-digit losses have quickly developed in lean hog trade Thursday morning. The concern that additional pressure will develop in pork values and cash markets could lead to further losses late in the week.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Light trade is seen through the livestock market with narrow to moderate losses developing in cattle futures. This pull back is associated with position taking as traders continue to focus on the aggressive market support seen in...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    April live cattle futures surged to a 14-month high Wednesday following aggressive buyer support moving back into the market. The ability to break through resistance levels Tuesday in live cattle and feeder cattle markets...

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Cattle trade posted strong market support Wednesday morning as follow-through buyer interest quickly developed across the entire complex. The support seen in cattle markets is eroding early interest in the hog trade with prices...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Triple-digit gains are quickly moving back into the cattle market with live cattle futures surging to triple-digit gains after breaking through resistance levels Tuesday. The focus on potential strong cash cattle activity once again...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Initial mixed trade quickly separated into buyer and seller interest as cattle futures saw additional commercial buyer interest while lean hog futures eroded through the session Tuesday. Firming beef values continue to point to...

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong buyer support continues to draw additional buyer activity into nearby live cattle futures. This latest round of buyer interest has pushed nearby contracts through short-term resistance levels. Hog markets remain under...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Light trade activity is seen through the complex Tuesday morning with prices focusing on outside market direction and the potential for additional movement in meat values. Sluggish volume is expected to be seen through most of...

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit gains developed through the feeder cattle complex Monday morning, allowing for additional widespread support to develop in live cattle and lean hog futures as uniform buyer interest is becoming more evident.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Cattle futures are quickly reacting to the strong market support seen last week. This is helping to draw additional interest back into the complex following sluggish moves Friday. Hog futures are currently mixed in a narrow range...

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Market activity Friday is extremely sluggish with much of the attention seemingly based on Basketball game results and St. Patty's Day celebrations. This light trade has allowed for mixed price shifts across the livestock market due...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Narrow losses are seen in several livestock contracts with traders focusing on the inability to spark additional market support through the complex. This could bring additional weakness to the market as traders look for increased...

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Sharp gains have continued to develop through live cattle and feeder cattle markets. This move higher is following the news of sharply higher cash cattle trade which quickly developed Wednesday afternoon. Hog markets have...

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong buyer support has developed in live cattle and feeder cattle markets. The focus across the complex has continued to draw buyers back to the market following Tuesday's market pressure. Hog market weakness is developing...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Early trade Wednesday has been limited to narrow ranges as traders in cattle futures try to bring some stability to the market following triple-digit losses in the live cattle complex. This may continue to erode market support...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Strong follow-through buying is seen in cattle futures following the surge higher across cash cattle markets which developed Wednesday. This continues to bring additional support to the entire cattle complex during late week...

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit losses have been seen through much of the morning across cattle trade Tuesday. Futures trade has now pulled off of session lows, although the tone of the market remains weak.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Initial trade activity is extremely sluggish early Tuesday morning. The overall lack of support and follow through buying is causing some reason for concern. Early trade remains mixed in a narrow range with contracts showing little...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit gains have developed and held in lean hog and feeder cattle futures Monday morning. The focus on renewed fundamental support across the livestock complex continues to draw buyer support into all contract months.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Aggressive buyer support has developed Monday morning in feeder cattle and lean hog futures. This early support may help to spark additional interest through the rest of the session.

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit gains are seen in cattle futures late Friday morning. April live cattle futures have regained market interest late in the week, holding gains over $1 per cwt. Pressure continues to be seen in the lean hog futures market...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Mixed price movement is seen through the livestock markets with traders focusing on follow-through buyer activity quickly and firmly developing in live cattle and feeder cattle futures. The inability for buyer interest to spill over...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Early gains developed in cattle futures Wednesday morning. Even though follow-through buyer support remained sluggish and prices pulled back from session highs, moderate cash business developed at steady to higher money. Hog...

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Cattle futures have been able to sustain moderate to strong buyer support through Wednesday morning. Live cattle futures continue to lead the entire complex higher with nearby gains of 80 to 92 cents per cwt. Hog markets...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Moderate to strong buyer support has quickly developed into the cattle complex Wednesday morning. This support is primarily based in nearby contracts based on strong gains in beef values over the recent trading sessions.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Light trade has been seen in most contracts through much of the session Tuesday. Extremely narrow trading ranges in cattle markets through most of the session shifted lower in late trade, putting even more concern on the...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Moderate buyer support has quickly developed across hog markets which is helping to push prices 50 to 70 cents per cwt higher in many nearby contracts. Cattle trade remains slightly lower, as overall market apathy is seen at...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Light market volume is seen in both cattle and hog futures. This lack of overall trade direction and activity is keeping prices mixed in a narrow range. Traders continue to focus on the potential for firmness in beef and pork...

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Narrow trading ranges have limited most livestock contracts to mixed price levels at midday. Despite firming beef and pork values early in the week, commercial traders are showing limited interest when focusing on overall buyer...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Narrow gains have developed in live cattle trade early Monday with traders closely following the direction of higher feeder cattle market shifts. Light volume is expected to be seen through the entire complex. This may greatly...

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Sharp pressure is seen in lean hog futures Friday as traders quickly back away from early-week support. Cattle futures have bounced higher at midday following lackluster market activity through most of the morning.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Firm pressure is quickly developing in lean hog and live cattle trade Friday morning. Traders continue to back away from the cattle complex at the end of the week, while lean hog trade remains uncertain based on the inability to...

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Firm commercial support is developing across lean hog futures trade Thursday morning. This is helping to bring additional underlying support back into the complex. Cattle markets remain weak with triple-digit losses in feeder cattle...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Narrow trade ranges are expected to hold in live cattle and lean hog markets during morning trade. The aggressive pressure redeveloping in feeder cattle futures may create additional long term pressure across the complex.

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Aggressive buying has redeveloped in lean hog trade as nearby contracts have sparked increased buyer support across the complex. Cattle markets have cooled with mixed feeder cattle prices limiting buyer interest.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Firm buyer support is seen in the cattle complex early Wednesday morning following aggressive triple-digit gains Tuesday. There continues to be some strong outside market support helping to bring buyers back into all livestock...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    The cattle complex has a firm undertone near midday, supported by positive cash expectations and evidence of strong boxed beef demand. Dor the most part, lean hog futures are modestly higher moving toward the last hour of the...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Triple-digit gains are quickly developing in cattle trade early Monday. This helps to draw buyer support back into the complex following the aggressive market slide seen late last week. Hog futures remain mixed in a narrow range as...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Light to moderate buyer support is quickly moving back into cattle trade as short covering activity appears to be developing based on sharp triple digit losses Friday. The potential to bring some stability into the market through...

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Lackluster market direction early in the session quickly turned into wild market moves. Cattle futures have reversed gains seen earlier in the week with triple digit losses developing through most contracts. Hog markets on the...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Livestock futures are trading mostly lower early Friday morning with cattle markets quickly adjusting to previous market support seen earlier in the week. The release of the cattle on feed report Friday afternoon is causing...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    February live cattle futures have posted sharp triple-digit gains Thursday morning. The cash market gains Wednesday is bringing additional buyer interest in front-month futures. Lean hog futures remain under pressure as traders...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Moderate to strong buyer support continues to develop across the live cattle market with February futures holding triple-digit gains. Wide-ranging weakness is also developing across the hog complex with nearby futures testing...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Cash cattle trade has started to develop through the morning with not only sales seen on the Fed Cattle Exchange, but feedlot trade is reported in both the North and South. Sharp triple-digit gains seen in live cattle trade is...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Pressure in lean hog futures through the Tuesday session has sparked additional pressure across the entire complex Wednesday morning. This could allow for widespread losses to be seen in most lean hog trade as additional trade...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Aggressive buyer activity has quickly developed through live cattle and feeder cattle markets with commercial traders building on support seen late last week. This may bring additional market support back to the complex through...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Strong buyer support has quickly moved into the livestock markets as traders continue to look for additional longer term market moves following the firmness that has developed through the end of last week.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Initial support is seen in nearby livestock futures trade Friday morning as traders focus on short covering activity following previous pressure. The lack of consistency through the entire complex may limit follow through support...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Lack of trade volume is seen through the morning Thursday in all livestock trade. The underlying pressure seen in early trade is likely to spark additional pressure through most of the morning.

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Moderate to firm seller activity is quickly moving back into the livestock complex. This is pushing live cattle and lean hog futures moderately lower. The lack of renewed buyer support at midday could continue to erode previous...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Firm buyer support is stepping back into the market early Wednesday morning following the late day rally that developed in both cattle and hog markets Tuesday. This could help to spark additional interest activity in all markets...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Aggressive buyer support has flooded into lean hog futures trade Tuesday morning. This has pushed April futures $1.72 per cwt higher as traders continue to focus on firming fundamental support. Cattle markets remain sluggish in...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Short covering has quickly developed through the entire livestock complex following early-week pressure. The focus on potential fundamental support developing through the next couple of trading sessions and ability to bring...

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Follow-through pressure held over in cattle trade through the weekend has quickly influenced trade activity and is pushing prices firmly lower. Hog futures have pulled back from early support with strong losses seen in most...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Trade remains sluggish in mixed direction early Monday morning with the focus on follow-through pressure in cattle trade and uncertainty through the hog complex. Additional volume is expected to be seen as the morning continues.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Moderate to strong support continues to develop in lean hog futures trade with all nearby futures holding firm gains. The inability to bring active trade into live cattle markets is slowing the overall interest in the cattle complex.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Light trade volume remains focused on early buyer support in both cattle and hog futures. Firm gains are quickly moving into lean hog trade based on short covering following moderate to strong pressure in the complex Tuesday...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong gains have quickly developed through front month live cattle and lean hog futures. This has kept trade volume choppy through most of the morning as markets are much less supportive in other nearby and deferred contracts.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Light trade activity is seen through the entire livestock market with traders adjusting positions following the wide shift lower in cattle trade Wednesday. The evidence of cash cattle trade midweek at steady to $1 per cwt higher...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Cash trade moved higher in both live cattle and lean hog markets Wednesday, but this was not enough to keep futures traders from quickly backing away from the market. Cattle futures posted strong pressure, while the hog...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Moderate pressure is developing across live cattle and feeder cattle markets as traders remain concerned given the recent pressure in beef values. Hog futures are higher in light trade with front month futures gaining most of...

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Strong support that developed Tuesday is creating a push lower in several contracts as traders focus on squaring positions early Wednesday. This could lead to additional support later in the session.

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Additional buyer support quickly developed in both cattle and hog futures Tuesday. This helped to draw increased trade interest into front-month live cattle and lean hog futures with each contract posting triple-digit gains...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Strong buyer support has moved into nearby live cattle and lean hog futures Tuesday morning. Early support is being driven by additional commercial interest stepping into the complex, holding prices higher through midday.

  • (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Moderate to firm price support is seen across the lean hog complex with nearby futures leading the upward move. Cattle markets are expected to remain mixed to firm with the stability seen early in the week helping to spark some...

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    DTN Early Word Opening Livestock

    Strong early-week gains quickly set the pace for additional gains through the lean hog complex. Additional uncertainty remains concerning long-term supplies, but traders remain focused on short-term availability for now. Cattle...

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    DTN Closing Livestock Comments

    Strong nearby gains in lean hog futures have been offset by lack of overall direction in the cattle complex. This is helping to bring some stability to the cattle market, although long-term market direction remains uncertain.

  • (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Trade volume remains light to moderate Monday as buyers try to step back into the complex. Cattle futures are holding moderate price gains following a mixed start which has kept traders uncertain of follow through buyer activity...

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Aggressive liquidation has developed in live cattle and feeder cattle markets Monday morning. The sharp pressure in the complex is based on the surprise of such aggressive feeder cattle placements in December. This continues to...

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Sharp losses have quickly developed in all cattle trade early Monday following the bearish news of higher cattle placements in December on the cattle on feed report.

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    DTN Midday Livestock Comments

    Light support is holding in hog trade as traders try to focus on short covering opportunities. The lack of buyer interest in cattle trade continued to add even more pressure to the market Friday.

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    DTN Before The Bell-Livestock

    Strong losses which developed Thursday have sparked follow-through trade activity during the last day of the week. Moderate to firm pressure is likely to continue to develop in the early hours of trade activity.