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DTN Closing Livestock Comment 12/12 15:53
   Livestock Contracts Close Mixed Thursday

   Cattle contracts close slightly better Thursday, lean hog contracts ended
the day on a positive note.

By ShayLe Stewart
DTN Livestock Analyst



   GENERAL COMMENTS:

   Thursday came and went, leaving the complex undecided on how fat cattle
should trade and leaving the board largely mixed. Hog prices are lower on the
National Direct Afternoon Hog Report, down $0.11 with a weighted average of
$47.94. March corn is up 6 1/2 cents per bushel and January soybean meal is
down $0.80. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 201.63 points and NASDAQ is
up 49.65 points.
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