Lean Hogs Futures Trading Basics

Lean Hogs futures are standardized, exchange-traded contracts in which the contract buyer agrees to take delivery, from the seller, a specific quantity of lean hogs (eg. 40000 pounds) at a predetermined price on a future delivery date.

Lean Hogs Futures Exchanges

You can trade Lean Hogs futures at Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME).

CME Lean Hogs futures prices are quoted in dollars and cents per pound and are traded in lot sizes of 40000 pounds (18 metric tons).

Exchange & Product NameSymbolContract SizeInitial Margin
CME Lean Hogs Futures
(Price Quotes)
LH40000 pounds
(Full Contract Spec)
USD 1,350 (approx. 6%)
(Latest Margin Info)

Lean Hogs Futures Trading Basics

Consumers and producers of lean hogs can manage lean hogs price risk by purchasing and selling lean hogs futures. Lean Hogs producers can employ a short hedge to lock in a selling price for the lean hogs they produce while businesses that require lean hogs can utilize a long hedge to secure a purchase price for the commodity they need.

Lean Hogs futures are also traded by speculators who assume the price risk that hedgers try to avoid in return for a chance to profit from favorable lean hogs price movement. Speculators buy lean hogs futures when they believe that lean hogs prices will go up. Conversely, they will sell lean hogs futures when they think that lean hogs prices will fall.

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