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DTN Midday Livestock Comments

Strong Live Cattle Gains Redevelop in February Contracts

February live cattle futures have posted sharp triple-digit gains Thursday morning. The cash market gains Wednesday is bringing additional buyer interest in front-month futures. Lean hog futures remain under pressure as traders are looking for the potential to bring a sense of stability to the weakened complex.

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CORN Strategies Snapshot

Closing Futures Price & Change

Electronic Corn (@C)
Mar 17 3.7100 0.0175
May 17 3.7825 0.0175
Dec 17 3.9725 0.0150
Mar 17 - May 17
Spread -$0.0725 Neutral


Monthly Trend Up
Weekly Trend Up

Market Structure

Seasonal Index

The market tends to trend up through mid-March


2016: 50% of 2016 production was sold w/March @ $3.67 2017: 75% expected production covered w/Dec 17 $3.80 puts @ approx. $0.30 2017: 25% expected production priced w/Dec 17 @ $3.90 ($3.98-$0.08 net puts)
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