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LIVESTOCK-Lower cash price outlook pulls down CME live cattle futures
June 17, 2014 / 9:17 PM / 3 years ago

LIVESTOCK-Lower cash price outlook pulls down CME live cattle futures

* CME feeder cattle down with live cattle

* CME hogs end mostly lower as funds sell

By Theopolis Waters

CHICAGO, June 17 (Reuters) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures ended lower on Tuesday in anticipation of a seasonal bump in supplies that could pressure prices for market-ready or cash cattle, traders said.

“It seemed like we delayed some bad news,” said EBOTTrading.com senior analyst John Kleist.

Stronger-than-usual beef clearance leading up to Father’s Day offset consumption of beef that typically fades this time of year, Kleist said.

He said ranchers kept cattle out of feedlots longer, given better grazing pastures and cheaper corn

June and August futures’ spike to new contract highs and settlement below Monday’s lows, known as a key technical reversal, generated more selling, analysts and traders said.

Investors await the sale of market-ready, or cash, cattle against the backdrop of supportive wholesale beef prices and more animals up for sale this week.

Last week, cash cattle in Texas and Kansas moved at $148 per hundredweight (cwt) and mostly at $149 to $150 in Nebraska.

Reduced kills supported packer margins and beef cutout, a trader said. But there is talk some processors have all the cattle they need for the next two weeks, he said.

The afternoon’s wholesale choice beef price, or cutout, rose $2.56 per cwt from Monday to $236.80. Select cuts jumped $3.16 to $229.27, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

June ended at 146.500 cents, down 0.950 cents, after hitting a contract high of 148.650 cents in electronic trading. August closed 0.725 cents lower at 145.725 and hit a fresh contract high of 147.750 cents.

CME feeder cattle set a new high on strong cash feeder cattle prices, before retreating on profit-taking and live cattle market losses.

August finished 0.850 cents per lb lower at 207.850 cents, and September dropped 0.925 cents at 208.575 cents.

MOST HOGS FALL ON FUND LIQUIDATION

CME July hogs ended higher with cash prices, but fund selling pulled down remaining contracts, traders said.

Tuesday afternoon’s hog price in the Iowa/Minnesota market rose 62 cents per cwt from Monday to $118.07, the USDA said.

Packers are topping off inventories for this week’s production, a trader said.

On Tuesday, an ammonia leak forced evacuation of Smithfield Foods’ Tar Heel, North Carolina, hog processing plant.

However, bullish traders took profits on months further back with the view heavy hogs and packing plant cutbacks will continue to offset supply shortages in the wake of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv).

Monday’s announcement of USDA approval of a vaccine in the fight against PEDv put bullish hog futures traders on the defensive, said Kleist.

July ended 0.675 cent higher at 124.925. August closed 0.225 cent lower at 128.050 cents, and October at 108.400 cents, down 1.200 cents. (Editing by Peter Galloway)

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