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Lean hog futures drop, cattle futures end lower - CME

28 January 2022

Futures dragged on technical selling and profit-taking

Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) lean hog futures fell on Thursday, dragged by technical selling and profit-taking following a recent rally to contract highs, reported Reuters

Tight US hog supplies had fuelled the recent gains and remained a supportive factor, but the market was oversold.

"We had a key reversal in April hogs yesterday and that often signals an intermediate or major top. We've added a lot of risk premium to the market so we've really just taken some of that premium out," said Don Roose, president of US Commodities in West Des Moines, Iowa.

April lean hogs finished down 1.775 cents at 94.675 cents per pound. The benchmark contract notched contract highs in each of the past five sessions but closed lower on Wednesday, signaling the technical reversal.

CME live cattle futures ended lower as higher rates of slaughter were expected to bolster beef supplies and pressure meat prices.

The choice boxed beef cutout fell 35 cents on Thursday to $289.11 per cwt, while the select cutout shed 62 cents to $279.10 per cwt, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

CME April live cattle futures ended down 0.275 cent at 141.625 cents per pound.

March feeder cattle futures were down 1.300 cents at 159.500 cents per pound.

Source: Reuters


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