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DTN Early Word Opening Livestock       04/17 06:09
   Meat Futures Set for Mixed Late-Week Opening

   Anticipate a mixed opening in cattle pits this morning as specs and
commercials slowly position ahead of feedlot cash. Lean hog futures should also
begin with uneven price action tied to a combo of carryover buying and profit

By John Harrington
DTN Analyst

Cattle: Steady-$2 HR Futures: mixed Live Equiv $175.40 - 0.40*
Hogs: Steady Futures: mixed Lean Equiv $ 71.06 - $1.15**


   With the workweek speeding toward a close and showlists still virtually
untouched, cattle buyers and sellers will have to find a way to do business
sometime over the next several hours, Asking prices remain firm at $165-166 in
the South and $265 plus in the North. Opening bids should be around $159 in the
South and $256-260 in the North. Live and feeder futures are likely to open on
a mixed basis as traders cautiously consider cash potential.
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