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DTN Closing Livestock Comment 08/05 15:51
   Hog Prices Lead Livestock Markets Lower

   As active buying returned to grain and financial markets, livestock futures
drew the "short straw" as triple-digit losses were plentiful in cattle and hog

By Rick Kment, DTN Contributing Analyst


   Any sense of market momentum earlier in the week seemed to be quickly offset
as widespread pressure developed in the livestock markets Thursday. Lean hog
futures took most of the heat, as October futures closed limit lower with $3
per cwt losses. With exception of soon to expire August lean hog futures, all
contracts through August 2022 posted triple-digit losses. Triple-digit losses
seen in all nearby live cattle and feeder cattle futures added further
questions about the ability to spark a late week rally Friday, and uncertainty
of cash market moves. Hog prices closed lower on the National Direct Afternoon
Hog Report in light trade, down $2.75 with a weighted average of $99.91 on
4,631 head. December corn is up 6 cents per bushel and December soybean meal is
up $3.30 per ton. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 199 points and NASDAQ
is up 87 points.
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