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DTN Midday Livestock Comments          12/07 12:00

   Limited Direction Develops Friday 

   Prices are mixed midday Friday with traders stepping in and out of the 
market through the end of the week. Prices may continue to show limited 
activity, but current price ranges are likely to hold. 

By Rick Kment
DTN Analyst

General Comments

   Mixed trading ranges have been seen Friday morning with a combination of 
follow-through pressure and short covering at the end of the week. Lean hog 
futures have bounced back from strong morning losses as traders move back into 
the complex. Mixed trade is seen in live cattle and feeder cattle futures in 
limited volume. Corn markets are higher in light trade. March corn futures are 
2 1/2 cent higher. Stock markets are lower in active trade. Dow Jones is 458 
points lower with Nasdaq down 171 points. 


   Narrow losses have continued to be seen in live cattle futures with most 
contracts steady to 10 cents per cwt lower. Prices have moved back and forth 
through the morning as prices have shifted higher and lower in a narrow range. 
There continues to be some additional softness at the end of the week given the 
volatility through the week. Cash cattle bids have started to develop near 
midday with live prices seen at $114 per cwt while dressed bids are seen at 
$183 to $185 per cwt. Asking prices remain at $120 per cwt live and $190 
dressed, which is still a large gap from current bids. At least some business 
needs to be done before the end of the week, which may push active trade to the 
end of the day Friday. Boxed Beef cut-outs at midday are higher, $2.03 higher 
(select) and up $0.90 per cwt (choice) with light movement of 75 total loads 
reported (34 loads of choice cuts, 11 loads of select cuts, 4 loads of 
trimmings, 7 loads of ground beef).


   Mixed feeder cattle trade is seen at midday Friday with prices hovering in a 
narrow trading range from 30 cents lower to 5 cents higher. The limited trade 
volume seen through the morning has allowed for moderate price shifts through 
the end of the week. There may be some additional trade activity moving back 
into the complex before the end of the session, but there is likely to be 
limited trade before closing bell.


   Prices have shifted higher and lower through the morning in a wide trading 
range. Prices are seen 40 to 65 cents per cwt higher as firm renewed buyer 
support has moved back into the complex. February and April futures are leading 
the complex higher with firm support near 60 to 65 cents per cwt. The rest of 
the complex is generally stable with prices seen 30 cents per cwt. These early 
gains are expected to hold through the end of the session. Cash prices are 
unreported due to confidentiality on the National Direct morning cash hog 
report. Cash prices are unreported due to confidentiality on the Iowa/Minnesota 
Direct morning cash hog report. Pork carcass values added $3.26 per cwt at 
$75.38 per cwt on 134 loads. Lean hog index for 12/05 is $56.19, down 0.21, 
with a projected two-day index is $55.96, down 0.23. 

   Rick Kment can be reached at 


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