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The Live Cattle Futures Market And Daily Cash Price Movements


  • Brorsen, B. Wade


Comparative static results suggest that if futures markets improve cash market efficiency as expected then the variance of cash prices should increase. Empirical results with live cattle confirm the theoretical model. Cash prices for live cattle at Omaha showed increased daily variability after live cattle futures trading began on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The speed with which changes· occurred were also greater after the advent of futures trading. The results imply greater cash market efficiency with futures but more large short-run price changes.

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  • Brorsen, B. Wade, 1988. "The Live Cattle Futures Market And Daily Cash Price Movements," 1988 Annual Meeting, August 1-3, Knoxville, Tennessee 270442, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea88:270442
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.270442

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    1. Bailey, DeeVon & Brorsen, B. Wade, 1985. "Dynamics Of Regional Fed Cattle Prices," Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 10(1), pages 1-8, July.
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    4. Bozic, Marin, 2011. "Three essays in commodity futures and options price performance," Faculty and Alumni Dissertations 160678, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics.
    5. Covey, Ted & Bessler, David A., 1991. "The Role of Futures in Daily Forward Pricing," 1991 Annual Meeting, August 4-7, Manhattan, Kansas 271282, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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