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DTN Early Word Opening Livestock       09/20 05:45
   Cattle Quiet, Biding Time

   Mixed trade is expected to develop again Thursday morning as cattle prices
remain steady this week, awaiting the next round of cash sales.

By Todd Hultman
DTN Analyst

Cattle: Steady            Futures: Mixed   Live Equiv: $132.25 -0.84*
Hogs:   Steady to $2 Hr   Futures: Mixed   Lean Equiv: $ 83.39 +0.82**

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


   Heading into Thursday's session, no significant cash cattle trade has taken
place yet, with live bids around $108 and offers closer to $113 and $114. The
futures market is not offering any significant tips either as December cattle
has barely budged this week, staying close to Friday's close of $118.05. Beef
exports are doing well in 2018, up 17% from a year ago at this time, and
Thursday morning will give us the next weekly update. We won't be holding our
breath for much cash trade on Thursday as the bulk of action probably won't
happen until after Friday's Cattle on Feed report is released at 2 p.m. CDT.
Dow Jones survey expects a 5.3% increase in the Sept. 1 on-feed inventory with
placements up 4% from a year ago.
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