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DTN Early Word Opening Livestock       09/16 06:19
   Further Gains Expected for Hogs

   Cattle futures posted gains last week, but there is no indication that the
trend has changed. Futures have yet to reach above technical resistance, which
could being in further speculative buying. Lean hogs may be a different story.
Expanded limit-up moves in December and February contracts should open Monday
with follow-through strength.

By Robin Schmahl
DTN Dairy Analyst

Cattle: Steady   Futures: Mixed   Live Equiv: $142.59 +0.34*
Hogs:   Lower    Futures: Lower   Lean Equiv: $ 73.01 -2.27**

*   based on formula estimating live cattle equivalent of gross packer revenue
** based on formula estimating lean hog equivalent of gross packer revenue


   Cattle trade last week was a bit light with the idea that the strength of
futures last week should result in higher prices this week. Feedlots may offer
more for sale this week at higher prices. Most of the trade last week was
steady with the previous week and did not reflect stronger futures. However,
sometimes cash and futures do not follow or lead each other. Showlists will be
distributed and bids will be placed Monday, but nothing will be done until
later in the week, as usual. Technically, futures will need to break above
resistance to change the trend. October price resistance is at $101.67 with
December at $106.55. So far the trade has been unable or unwilling to close
some of the large chart gaps left from August.
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