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DTN Early Word Opening Livestock       10/18 06:16
   Cattle Futures Set for Softer Opening at Midweek

   Live and feeder futures should open moderately lower, pressured by
follow-through selling and cash uncertainty. Lean hog contracts seem ready to
begin on a mixed basis tied to residual selling on one hand and short covering
on the other.

By John Harrington
DTN Livestock Analyst



Cattle: Steady-$2 HR  Futures: 50-100 LR  Live Equiv $132.71 - 0.72*
Hogs:   $1-2 HR       Futures: mixed      Lean Equiv $ 79.93 - 0.44**

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

GENERAL COMMENTS:

   Cattle buying interest could slow improve through the day with opening bids
reissued at $109 in the South and $173 in the North). Both sides will be
closely monitoring the board, as well as checking for news from the FCE later
this morning. Asking prices should be around $113 plus in the South and
$178-180 in the North. Significant traded volume may not develop until Thursday
and Friday. CME officials announced the posting of 34 loads delivered against
spot October live on Tuesday (i.e., 14 new ones; 18 retendered at $2 with 9
reclaimed), at a West Point. Live and feeder futures should open moderately
lower, checked by follow-through selling and lower beef cut-outs.
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