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Hogs Higher at Thursdays Close
BRUG - Thu Dec 12, 4:41PM CST

Lean hog futures finished Thursday’s session in the black, futures gained $0.50 to $1.00 with Dec futures gaining 32 one day ahead of expiration. The 12/10 CME Lean Hog Index was at $59.46, after a 99-cent leap. Weekly export sales in pork were released by the USDA this morning, and the update for the week ending 12/05 showed 44,728 MT of bookings. That was a 53.2% increase over last week’s net sales, and 33.8% higher than total export bookings through the same week last year. Shipments were shown at 38,245 MT on the week, which pushed accumulated shipments to 1.487 MMT. USDA’s pork carcass cutout value was $1.53 lower this afternoon; picnic shoulder cuts were the only primals that were higher on the day. USDA’s national average base hog price for 12/12 was down by $0.11 at $47.94. USDA estimated FI WTD hog slaughter at 1.963 million head through Thursday, which is 19,000 head behind last week’s pace. Lowered Wednesday’s estimate by 6,000 head.

Dec 19 Hogs closed at $61.025, up $0.325,

Feb 20 Hogs closed at $68.725, up $1.000

Apr 20 Hogs closed at $74.750, up $0.500

---provided by Brugler Marketing & Management

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