Cattle futures fell to a two-week low on signs of ebbing U.S. demand for beef amid declining exports. Hog prices also dropped.
In the week ended July 18, export sales of beef were 14,881 metric tons (32.8 million pounds), down 15 percent from the four-week average, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show. Yesterday, the wholesale price fell 1.1 percent to $1.8689 a pound, the lowest since Feb. 28, according to government figures.
“Exports sales tailing off hasn’t helped the cattle market,” Dick Quiter, an account executive at McFarland Commodities LLC in Chicago, said in a telephone interview. Domestic “movement is slow,” he said.
Cattle futures for October delivery slumped 0.6 percent to $1.24875 a pound at 10:43 a.m. on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Earlier, the price touched $1.2455, the lowest for a most-active contract since July 9.
Feeder-cattle futures for August settlement declined 0.6 percent to $1.52125 a pound.
Hog futures for October settlement fell 0.3 percent to 86.35 cents a pound. The price climbed in the previous three days, the longest rally in six weeks.
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