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DTN Midday Livestock Comments          06/28 12:00

   Live Cattle Futures Continue Higher Tuesday  

   Follow-through support is seen through cattle trade Tuesday morning with 
nearby live cattle futures holding gains near $1 per cwt through most of the 
morning. The firm buyer activity has very little to do with changing 
fundamentals, but a technical shift is starting to develop. 

By Rick Kment
DTN Analyst


   Cattle futures remain firmly higher Tuesday as additional strong buyer 
interest stepped into the market Tuesday. Nearby live cattle futures have 
rallied as much as $2.25 per cwt over the last two trading sessions, helping to 
bring commercial and investors back into the market. Corn prices are higher. 
July corn futures are 2 cents higher. Stock markets are higher in light trade. 
The Dow Jones is 153 points higher while Nasdaq is up 72 points.


   Strong gains have developed Tuesday morning across the live cattle futures. 
Nearby contracts have held $1 per cwt gains through most of the morning, 
although the lack of boxed beef market support has slightly eroded gains at 
midday. This could keep prices from moving significantly through the end of the 
session, as traders are concerned with additional market volatility through the 
rest of the week. Cash cattle markets are still quiet Tuesday with bids and 
asking prices still not fully defined. Asking prices are likely to start near 
$118 to $120 per cwt in the South and $190 and higher in the North. Active 
trade may easily hold off until the second half of the week, although both 
sides are likely to try to get business done as quickly as possible as no one 
wants to stick around late Friday ahead of the long holiday weekend. Beef 
cut-outs at midday are lower $0.06 lower (select) and down $2.46 per cwt 
(choice) with light movement of 86 total loads reported (42 loads of choice 
cuts, 18 loads of select cuts, 13 loads of trimmings, 14 loads of ground beef).


   Driven by strong early gains across live cattle futures, feeder cattle 
futures are replacing early mixed price moves with moderate gains in nearby 
contracts. The pullback from morning highs in the corn complex is also drawing 
buyers back to summer feeder cattle contracts, although the tone of the market 
remains sluggish as most traders are still treading cautiously following recent 
market pressure.   


   Lean hog futures are holding narrowly mixed price levels Tuesday morning 
despite the overall lack of urgency in the market and very quiet trade. Front 
month futures continue to hold light losses of 5 to 15 cents per cwt through 
midday, while the rest of the complex is limited to narrow gains. But the break 
from strong market pressure seen over the last week is creating a sense of hope 
for the market. Cash prices are lower on the National Direct morning cash hog 
report. The weighted average price fell $1.37 per cwt to $79.24 per cwt with 
the range from $72.00 to $80.50 per cwt on 3,156 head reported sold. Cash 
prices are lower on the Iowa Minnesota Direct morning cash hog report. The 
weighted average price fell $1.94 per cwt to $79.32 per cwt with the range from 
$75.00 to $80.50 per cwt on 466 head reported sold. The National Pork Plant 
Report reported 260 loads selling with prices adding $1.14 per cwt. Lean hog 
index for 6/24 is at $84.61, up 0.20 with a projected two-day index of $84.86 
up 0.25.

   Rick Kment can be reached at 


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