- The U.S. pork industry is attempting to cope with a virus that has killed thousands of piglets since first appearing in April and has boosted prices in the $9B hog-futures market.
- Porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus is only fatal to young pigs and is not harmful to humans, but it could cause the loss of 2-3M head, or as much as 3% of the industry's total.
- Hormel Foods (HRL) has already warned that FY 2014 earnings could suffer the effects of "potentially volatile hog costs" because of the virus. Tyson Foods (TSN) is also a pork producer.
- Still, the USDA has predicted that pork output will increase 2% this year to 23.6B pounds, due to heavier hog weights.
- ETFs: UBC, LSTK, COW
Pig virus roils hog industry
Jan 12 2014, 07:10 ET