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DTN Early Word Opening Livestock       01/16 05:57
   Meat Futures Staged to Open Moderately Higher

   Lean hog contracts should open moderately higher, supported by
follow-through buying and firming carcass value. The cattle complex seems
likely to begin with modest strength thanks in part to short-covering and the
premium status of recent feedlot sales.

By John Harrington
DTN Livestock Analyst



Cattle: Steady         Futures: 25-50 HR   Live Equiv $140.11 - .92*
Hogs:   Steady-$1 HR   Futures: 25-50 HR   Lean Equiv $ 85.00 + .77**

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

GENERAL COMMENTS:

   We assume that the cash cattle market will remain in slow gear Tuesday but
are still puzzled a bit by last week's early jump start. Yet it seems like a
safe bet that feedlot managers will at least pause a day or so to see if the
board can stabilize, perhaps expanding the bounce seen late last week.
Furthermore, such evidence will no doubt play a big role in how new showlists
will be priced. Live and feeder futures seem likely to open some higher thanks
to follow-through buying, short-covering and cash premiums.
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