CHICAGO Oct 14 CME Mercantile Exchange live
cattle futures turned higher on Friday, helped by short-covering
and bargain buying after futures racked up six straight sessions
of losses, said traders.
* At 08:57 a.m. CDT (1357 GMT) October was 1.000
cent per pound higher at 95.450 cents, and December
1.000 cent higher at 97.175 cents.
* Traders said this week's disappointing cash prices, due to
plentiful cattle and beef supplies, contributed to the market's
recent bearish mood.
* One processor may have been offline on Thursday for
scheduled maintenance, which reduced their need for cattle, an
* This week packers paid mostly $97 to $98 per cwt for
slaughter-ready, or cash, cattle that a week earlier sold for
$101 to $103, said feedlot sources.
* The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated Thursday's
slaughter at 110,000 head, compared to 114,000 on Wednesday and
115,000 on Tuesday.
* There were no new deliveries reported by the CME late on
* On Friday, the USDA's export report for the week ended
Oct. 6 showed U.S. beef sales at 12,600 tonnes, mainly to Hong
Kong, compared to the prior week's sale at 17,500 tonnes.
FEEDER CATTLE - October was 1.200 cents per pound
higher at 120.650 cents, on short-covering and live cattle
LEAN HOGS - October, which will expire at noon CDT
(1700 GMT), was down 0.050 cent per pound to 52.575 cents.
Most-actively traded December was 0.750 cent lower at
43.425 cents, and February down 0.200 cent to 51.000
* CME October lean hogs was guided by its proximity to the
exchange's hog index for Oct. 12 at 52.76 cents, said traders.
* They said other contracts felt pressure from profit-taking
after three days of gains, helped by the recent uptick in cash
prices as packers prepare for a huge Saturday slaughter.
* Midwest hog merchants predict a Saturday kill close to
320,000 head. That could include Smithfield Foods'
East Coast plants that will try to make up downtime due to
* Last Saturday's U.S. hog slaughter totaled 236,000 head,
according to USDA estimates.
* Friday's USDA export report showed U.S. pork sales at
18,000 tonnes, mainly to South Korea, compared to 21,300 in the
(Reporting by Theopolis Waters in Chicago)