Cattle gave back their early week gains yesterday “in what was a quiet session,” Blue Line Futures said. With cash trade yet to ramp up, they said the early calls are for “steady to slightly firm,” as they urged both bull and bear traders to temper expectations.

Pork values in China jumped 7.7 percent after last week’s Lunar New Year holiday, “and this could have also helped the U.S. market turn up,” The Hightower Report said. “It will be important to see tariffs come down on U.S. pork to China or to Mexico to spark better export demand for U.S. pork.”