Hogs Slide Most in Four Weeks on Rising Pork Supply; Cattle Drop

Hog futures fell the most in four weeks on speculation that supplies of U.S. pork are outpacing demand. Cattle prices declined.

Wholesale pork slumped 0.5 percent to 83.05 cents a pound yesterday, the lowest since Jan. 2, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show. Meatpackers processed 860,000 hogs in the first two days of this week, up 1.5 percent from the same period a year earlier, government data show.

“You have some more pigs coming to the market,” Christian Mayer, a market adviser at Northstar Commodity Investments Co. in Minneapolis, said in a telephone interview. “I don’t think demand is quite strong enough to make up for that.”

Hog futures for February settlement fell 1.3 percent to 85.25 cents a pound at 9:34 a.m. on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. A close at that price would mark the biggest drop for a most-active contract since Dec. 6.

Cattle futures for February delivery slid 0.1 percent to $1.324 a pound on the CME. Last week, prices slipped 0.5 percent, the first drop since Nov. 30.

Feeder-cattle futures for March settlement retreated 0.2 percent to $1.54675 a pound in Chicago.

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