Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) lean hog futures recovered from contract lows on a round of technical buying on Tuesday, Reuters reported, citing traders.
Traders also noted the recent declines may spark interest in the export market.
"US pork has become some of the cheapest in the world and it would appear we're indeed starting to see international trade come our way," brokerage StoneX said in a research note.
Cattle contracts also ended higher, with strength in the cash market spilling over into futures prices. A decline in corn futures, which makes feed costs cheaper for cattle producers, added support.
Most actively traded June lean hog futures settled 1.1 cents higher at 84.4 cents per pound. The contract found technical support at the low end of its 20-day Bollinger range, after hitting a new low of 82.725 cents.
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