Livestock futures prices advanced on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, reflecting what analysts said were improvements in the cash markets.
On other markets, oil futures rallied while grain and soybeans were mostly lower.
"Cattle (futures) were strong for the second day in a row, most importantly because of active feedlot sales," said Philip Stanley, an analyst in Chicago with Thomson McKinnon Securities Inc.
"Cash prices were steady to higher, which helped to discourage the notion that cattle are backed up in the feedlots," he said.
Carcass beef prices also were better and moderate boxed beef movement at higher prices on Monday may be signaling a post-holiday pickup in retail demand, traders said.