* CME live cattle end weaker
* Hog futures supported by higher pork prices
By Meredith Davis
CHICAGO, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange live
cattle futures ended lower on Thursday dragged down by weaker
cash cattle trade, analysts and traders said.
U.S. Plains cash cattle traded at $131 per cwt, $1 lower
than the previous week, feedlot sources said.
There were more cattle for sale this week due to a carryover
from the previous week which pressured prices. Additionally,
with beef packer margins firmly in the red, the plants have a
slower production schedule in an effort to improve the negative
margins, analysts said.
On Thursday, HedgersEdge reported beef packer margins at a
negative $29.30 per head, down from a negative $26.05 on
Wednesday and negative $22.35 a week ago.
"The lower cash cattle trade was not unexpected. With a
slowed kill and larger cattle supply this week, I'm not
surprised," said Doug Houghton, commodities analyst at Brock
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly export report on
Thursday morning showed U.S. beef sales last week reduced by
18,500 tonnes from 55,500 tonnes the previous week.
The 18,500 tonnes reduction was an adjustment to the prior
week's data that reflected the lapse of export information
during the partial U.S. government shutdown in early October, a
USDA official said
"The revision takes away some demand that the market thought
was there," Houghton said.
December settled down 0.350 cent at 131.675 cents
per lb, and February closed at 133.550 cents, down
CME feeder cattle futures followed live cattle futures
November closed down 0.225 cents per lb at 164.625
cents, and January ended at 165.125 cents, 0.425 cents
STRONG PORK PRICES LEND SUPPORT
CME hog futures ended firmer supported by higher wholesale
pork prices, traders said.
Wholesale pork prices jumped by $2.57 per cwt to $96.15 on
Thursday morning. Hams reversed its downward price trend of the
last two days to gain by $3.08 per cwt to $89.55.
Funds periodically sold their December positions and bought
deferred contracts while conducting a strategy called a "roll."
Funds that use the Standard & Poor's Goldman Sachs Commodity
Index (S&PGSCI) shifted, or rolled, their CME live cattle and
hogs December long positions into February and April. Thursday
was the first of five days for the process.
Solid weekly pork exports also lent support to U.S. hog
futures, analysts said. USDA reported early on Thursday the U.S.
exported 12,700 tonnes of pork.
Concerns about the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus
(PEDv), a fatal disease for baby pigs, also underpinned deferred
December hogs ended up 0.200 cent at 87.550 cents
per lb. February hogs ended up 0.525 cent at 91.400
(Editing by Marguerita Choy)