Cattle Futures: Selling Slows Monday, Contracts Close Higher

US - Selling slowed on Monday morning and December live cattle closed at $131.60, up 17 cents.
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February cattle closed 20 higher on the day and 25 or so off of the highs. This took the contract to $133.050, report CME analysts.

All contracts finished higher, up until April 2015, which closed unchanged.

Fears that speculative long liquidation which was so prevalent last week could ease-up this week helped to support, added market commentators.

Traders credited the buying to cold weather and some short-covering after last week's collapse.

Ideas that beef demand is weak and a steady cash market last week helped to spark the long liquidation sell-off last week but the market managed to see a slowdown in the selling this morning with some hope that holiday demand will emerge.

Boxed-beef cut-out values were up $1.31 at mid-day to $202.78.

The estimate cattle slaughter came in 119,00 head for today which is below trade expectations but this could be due to poor weather in some areas.


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