Hog futures firm after hitting six-week low – CME

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Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) hog futures edged higher on Monday, with the market recovering after hitting its lowest in nearly six weeks on Friday, reported Reuters, citing traders.

But gains were kept in check by poor exports and ample supplies of pork.

Cattle futures were weaker as the market digested a report released late on Friday that showed marketings of cattle were bigger than trade expectations.

CME October lean hogs rose 0.85 cent to 93.975 cents per pound. The contract rose above its 50-day and 100-day moving averages before hitting technical resistance at its 40-day moving average.

CME October live cattle futures fell 0.75 cent to settle at 144.5 cents per lb., dropping below their 10-day moving average, while CME September feeder cattle futures dropped 0.4 cent to 184.35 cents per lb.

A US Department of Agriculture report released after close on Monday afternoon showed that frozen beef stocks totalled 510.841 million lbs as of July 31, up from 400.843 million lbs a year earlier.

US frozen pork belly stocks stood at 42.443 million lbs, up from 27.778 million in July 2021.