Corn: 2 to 3 cents higher; competition for acreage, tightening stocks. Wheat: 7 to 9 cents higher; demand news, winterkill concerns. Soybeans: 8 to 10 cents higher; preparing for S&D Report. Meal: $2 to $3 higher; spillover from beans. Soyoil: 10 to 20 points higher; spreading with meal possible. Soybean, wheat and nearby corn futures were stronger overnight, with new-crop corn mixed. Demand prospects are supportive for wheat futures, with traders also focused on evening positions ahead of Wednesday morning's USDA Supply & Demand Report, in which they expect smaller U.S. carryover figures from last month. A flurry of fresh wheat export news added to strength in that market overnight, as well as winterkill concerns in the U.S. Southern Plains due to a lack of widespread snow cover and frigid temps the next several days. Egypt's purchase of 170,000 metric tons (MT) of wheat -- including 55,000 MT of U.S, 55,000 MT of Australian and 60,000 MT of Argentine wheat -- provided support to the market overnight. Traders have been concerned political unrest in the country would temper Egypt's demand for wheat, but this sale proves otherwise. Also over the weekend, Iraq, Turkey, Bangladesh and Algeria tendered for optional origin wheat. Outside markets are price-negative this morning, with the dollar slightly firmer and crude oil weaker. But focus in the grain markets will be on demand and tightening old-crop stocks. ** OPENING LIVESTOCK CALLS ** Live cattle: Steady to firmer; bullish cash hopes. Feeder cattle: Steady to firmer; spillover from live cattle. Lean hogs: Mixed; spreading, pressure limited by cash. Cattle futures are expected to start the week strong after cash cattle trade wrapped up between $106 and $107 last week -- $1 to $2 above the previous week. Additional help in the livestock markets should come from strength in the grain markets, as well as an expected firmer start in the U.S. stock market. Gains in the cattle pit could be tempered this morning after the boxed beef market softened last week, reflecting resistance to higher prices. If beef prices continue to decline early this week, packers will be resistant to raising cash cattle bids. Lean hog futures are expected to remain focused on bear spreading, especially since this is the last full week of trade for front-month February hogs, which expire Feb. 14. February hogs are currently trading at around a $3 premium to the cash index. The cash hog market is expected to be mostly steady this morning, with some firmer bids possible after last week's winter weather limited marketings.