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Hogs Decline on Signs of Falling Demand; Cattle Little Changed

December 15, 2011

Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Hog futures fell amid increasing concern that the European debt crisis will worsen, curbing demand for raw materials. Cattle were little changed.

The Standard & Poor’s GSCI Index of 24 commodities slumped to an eight-week low after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there’s no easy remedy to the region’s crisis. The Federal Reserve yesterday said “strains in global financial markets continue to pose significant downside risks to the economic outlook.” The dollar rose to an 11-month high against a basket of major currencies, curbing the appeal of U.S. exports.

“Europe is the big macro problem,” Dick Quiter, an account executive at McFarland Commodities LLC in Chicago, said in a telephone interview. “The dollar is strengthening. That’s certainly not helping, along with the fact that there’s not a lot of bullish news out there in the meat market.”

Hog futures for February settlement fell 0.3 percent to 86.15 cents a pound at 12:33 p.m. on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Before today, the price gained 8.3 percent in 2011.

Cattle futures for February delivery rose less than 0.1 percent to $1.187 a pound in Chicago. Through yesterday, the commodity climbed 9.5 percent in 2011.

Feeder-cattle futures for January settlement were also little changed, down 0.05 cent at $1.4385 a pound.

--Editors: Daniel Enoch, Patrick McKiernan.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Campbell in Chicago at ecampbell14@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Patrick McKiernan at pmckiernan@bloomberg.net


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