Cogensic (18/03/2020) - NEW DELHI – Futures contracts of all components of the edible oil basket rose on domestic exchanges today.
Futures of refined soyoil on the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange and crude palm oil on the Multi Commodity Exchange of India rose nearly 2% each due to subdued imports of vegetable oil, traders said.
India's vegetable oil imports in February fell 11% on year to 1.11 mln tn, the Solvent Extractors' Association of India said. During Nov-Feb, overall vegetable oil imports fell 6.1% on year to 4.56 mln tn.
However, weakness in key contracts on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives capped the upside, analysts said.
Futures contracts of crude palm oil closed lower on BMD today, tracking crude oil contracts on NYMEX and benchmark soyoil contracts on the Chicago Board of Trade, analysts said. The most-active June contract closed 0.4% lower at 2,240 ringgits (about 38,262 rupees) per tn.
Crude oil contracts on NYMEX fell today due to worry over the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and a likely increase in supply from Saudi Arabia and Russia. Crude palm oil tracks crude oil as the former is used as an ingredient in biodiesel, an alternative fuel.
Weakness in soyoil contracts on CBOT also weighed on crude palm oil contracts on the Malaysian bourse, they said. Prices of crude palm oil and soyoil typically move in tandem as both are used as substitutes in oil blends.
Soybean futures rose on NCDEX, in line with gains in key contracts on CBOT, traders said.
Soybean futures jumped 1.6% today on concern that Malaysia's move to shut down businesses for two weeks to contain the rapidly spreading caronavirus would hit palm oil production.
Mustard contracts on NCDEX also rose today because of rising demand from oil millers and dwindling imports of mustard oil, traders said.
The following table details prices of edible oils and oilseeds at 1710 IST, in rupees, and the difference compared with the previous session:
Refined soyoil Apr**
Crude palm oil Apr**
**Trade in soyoil and crude palm oil futures will end at 2100 IST
US$1 = 74.24 rupees
IST, or Indian Standard Time, is five-and-a-half hours ahead of GMT
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