CME live cattle seen opening mixed on positioning

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CME live cattle futures are expected to open mixed on Monday as investors square positions on the final trading day of the year, analysts and traders said.

* Spot December futures may be pressured by its premium to last week's cash prices.

* But 10 new deliveries posted by the CME late on Friday may limit spot December losses because a brokerage firm accepted physical delivery.

* The spot December contract is set to expire Monday at noon CST (1800 GMT).

* The February trading month could draw support from expectations for tighter cash cattle supplies in the coming year.

LIVE CATTLE - Seen down 0.200 cent to up 0.200 cent per lb.

* Traders wait for feedlots to tally the number of cattle available for sale this week. Cash cattle last week moved at $127 per cwt, up $1 from the week before.

* February futures will take over as the new lead trading month at a premium to cash, an analyst said.

* However, colder weather is settling into the U.S. Plains, slowing cattle weight gains that could support cash prices, he said.

* Investors will monitor beef demand in the near term as consumers focus on paying off year-end holiday credit-card debt, an analyst said.

FEEDER CATTLE - Called 0.200 cent per lb lower to 0.200 cent higher.

* Futures could follow mixed live cattle market trading.



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