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DTN Midday Livestock Comments          10/11 12:16

   Trade Rumors Spark Interest

   Friday's market opened to excitement and the hope of a promising trade 
agreement between China and the U.S. 

By ShayLe Stewart
DTN Livestock Analyst

General Comments

   Promising trade rumors continue to surface Friday morning spurring 
excitement into most of the market and leading livestock markets to believe 
there is potential export opportunities somewhere around the corner. So far 
President Trump has talked about soybean purchases, but other agricultural 
sectors haven't been mentioned. December corn is up 14 3/4 cents per bushel and 
December soybean meal is up $3.10. 

   The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 375.63 points and NASDAQ is up 127.11 
points.

   LIVE CATTLE 

   Friday's December live cattle opened at $111.42 and has since jumped to 
$112.07. The market posts gains across the live cattle sector ranging from 20 
cent gains to 60 cent gains. Friday's support in the live cattle market should 
help cash cattle bids etch up to where asking prices sit. A few more bids have 
surfaced in parts of Kansas and Texas at $105 to $106 (asking price: $109 to 
$110), Nebraska hosts bids of $170 to $172 (asking price: $175 to $178) and 
Iowa cattle have been bid at $172. There obviously is some ground to cover 
before transactions can take place, but bids have been placed and more interest 
is expected to develop as the noon hour comes and goes. 

   Midday boxed beef prices are higher: choice up $0.25 ($215.88) and select up 
$1.49 ($188.15). Friday's midday offering of boxed beef movement totaled 65 
loads (25.16 loads of choice cuts, 11.08 loads of select cuts, 13.70 loads of 
trim and 15.26 loads of ground beef). 

   FEEDER CATTLE 

   Feeder cattle markets can't seem to fire up the steam the rest of the market 
has caught and continues to lag behind. November feeder cattle are down $0.07 
at $144.05. Though the losses are minute ranging anywhere from $0.07 to $0.30 
in nearby and deferred contracts, the bigger problem lies in the fact that if 
the market closes lower this week, it will be tough on the sale barns next week 
that are expecting significant runs. 

   LEAN HOGS 

   Lean hog contracts jumped on the band wagon and pulled for higher prices 
Friday. Able to mark gains in most contracts ranging from $0.02 to $0.95, lean 
hogs can eye potentially higher closes for the week if the day stays on course 
as it is now. Largely the excitement stemmed from the trade agreement being 
hashed over with China, if things do end as U.S. producers hope the pork 
industry will have the opportunity to export hogs as soon as possible. 

   The projected lean hog index for 10/10/19 is up $0.53 at $61.18, and the 
actual lean hog index for 10/09/19 came to $60.65 up $0.53. Prices are up on 
the National Direct Morning Hog Report, up $0.28 with a weighted average of 
$55.86 ranging from $52.00 to $59.00 on 6,315 head sold and a five-day rolling 
average of $52.64. Pork cutouts totaled 214.86 loads with 197.17 loads of pork 
cuts and 17.69 loads of trim. Pork cutout values are $2.37 higher at $79.28. 

   ShayLe Stewart can be reached shayle.stewart@dtn.com 


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