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DTN Early Word Opening Livestock       03/20 05:58
   Follow-Through Selling Expected to Pressure Meat Futures on Opening

   Live and feeder futures should open at least moderately lower, checked by
residual selling and technical bearishness. Similarly, lean hog contracts seem
set to continue on the defensive, pressured by both plentiful market hog
numbers and struggling pork demand.

By John Harrington
DTN Livestock Analyst

Cattle: Steady       Futures: 50-100 LR   Live Equiv $149.83  -0.16*
Hogs: Steady-$1 LR   Futures: 50-100 LR   Lean Equiv $ 77.05  -0.59**

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


   If the cattle basis was considerably weaker (i.e., closer to the historical
average), we'd say that the development of trade volume as early as Tuesday
would be quite remote. However, we've seen a good deal of Tuesday action this
week exactly because of strong basis realities and it could happen again.
Indeed, the board may have to stage some kind of recovery Tuesday in order to
strengthen the selling hands of feedlot managers. Accordingly, both sides will
be closely monitoring futures. Live and feeder futures seem staged to open
moderately lower, pressured by residual selling and technical concerns.
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