Wed  Dec 28th  2005
7:00 AM  South Florida Beach Time

                                                                                           Hog Update

The following estimates are in percentages of the year-earlier figures. Average and 'street' High and low projections are included in the table along with our estimates The All Important U.S. Department of Agriculture's quarterly hogs and pigs report will be for released  at 3 p.m. Eastern time Today..

The numbers reflect a mild Herd expansion.

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                                                      Average      Range             FuturesCom   
  
All hogs and pigs on Dec 1         100.8    100.2-101.5            100.5
Kept for breeding                         100.6     99.0-102.0              101.8 
Kept for marketing                       100.8    100.1-101.5             100.5    

       Traders should note that recent '
bad' news for Canadian hog producers that do not produce enough corn to cover all of their needs may result in more feeder pigs from Canada..   Hog producers in Canada are now looking at a $1.65 per bushel duty on feed corn from the US which should  push total costs per hog...

      Seasonally Speaking , Buying Summer Hogs (June and July) during January and Feb weakness  normally proves profitable down the road.. 
However at current prices we feel that June and July hogs are pricey and would  maintain a Flat to Bearish posture across the Hog mkt until we see lower prices , or more time passes....

Currently as 2005 ends we have no positions..   Preferring  to Sell April on Rallies as our belief is that April hogs over 7000 is unsustainable.. 

We will look to buy June Hogs after the 2006 trading begins on a decline in preparation for  summer rally  while respecting  our long term negative out for prices as we move through 2006 into 2007 and beyond.

Stay tuned for updates

-- A Ship in Harbor is Safe...But that is not what ships are built for --  

Happy Trading !
Bill  wil@futurescom.com


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Wed  Dec 28th  2005
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