Tue Oct 8, 2013 06:19 AM CDT

CHICAGO (Dow Jones) -- CME Group Inc. said it will alter the way the October lean-hog futures contract is settled, if the U.S. government remains shut down through October 11.

The letter to customers sent by the world's biggest futures exchange operator late Monday was the latest development in a spate of disruptions to the $11.6 billion livestock futures market because of the absence of closely watched federal data.

Hog futures are cash settled upon their expiration using a two-day average of prices paid by packers for hogs in the cash markets, or what the exchange calls the CME Lean ...

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