U.S. cattle futures closed mixed Tuesday. While the live pit traded moderately lower for most of the session, late short covering allowed contracts to settle on a mixed basis. Uncertain cash potential may be sidelining both buyers and sellers for the time being. Feeder-cattle finished higher. Late buying also surfaced in the feeder pit, permitting most contracts to close near session highs. Still, trade volume seemed light throughout the session, and net changes for the day had no technical significance.