The Star Online (01/02/2019) - KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian palm oil futuresfell on Thursday, after a cargo surveyor data showed exportsgrew slower than expected in January.
The benchmark palm oil contract for April deliveryon the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange dropped 0.4 percentto 2,294 ringgit ($561.57) a tonne at the midday break.
Trading volumes stood at 10,013 lots of 25 tonnes each.
"The export numbers released are below yesterday's market rumour. The ringgit's strength also pushed the market lower," a Kuala Lumpur-based trader said, adding that the coming long
weekend should prompt traders to cover short positions.
"That should limit any big sell-offs," the trader said.
Cargo surveyor Intertek Testing Services said on Thursdayexports of Malaysian palm oil products for January rose 14.7percent while independent inspection company AmSpec AgriMalaysia reported a 15.5 percent increase.
The ringgit strengthened by 0.5 percent to 4.0840 tothe dollar.
The Malaysian markets will be closed on Feb. 1 for a stateholiday and Feb. 5-6 for the Lunar New Year celebrations.
"Market is ranging here as external factors have softened,"said another futures trader from Kuala Lumpur, referring tosofter soyoil prices.
The Chicago March soybean oil contract fell 0.2percent.
The May soybean oil contract on the Dalian CommodityExchange declined 0.4 percent, while the Dalian May palmoil contract fell 0.2 percent.
Palm oil prices are affected by movements in soyoil rates,as they compete for a share in the global vegetable oil market.
Palm oil may slide into a range of 2,256-2,274 ringgit pertonne, as its correction from the Jan. 28 high of 2,333 ringgitlooks incomplete, Wang Tao, a Reuters market analyst forcommodities and energy technicals said.
Palm, soy and crude oil prices at 0534 GMT:
Contract Month Last Change Low High Volume
MY PALM OIL FEB9 2195 -9.00 2190 2199 37
MY PALM OIL MAR9 2261 -11.00 2256 2267 852
MY PALM OIL APR9 2294 -9.00 2289 2301 4464
CHINA PALM MAY9 4778 -8.00 4768 4812 193306
CHINA SOYOIL MAY9 5742 -20.00 5734 5782 223872
CBOT SOY OIL MAR9 30.36 -0.06 30.31 30.41 2508
INDIA PALM OIL JAN9 563.30 -0.30 563.00 563.7 23
INDIA SOYOIL FEB9 777.2 +0.95 775.5 778.4 2000
NYMEX CRUDE MAR9 54.59 +0.36 54.21 54.69 27648
Palm oil prices in Malaysian ringgit per tonne
CBOT soy oil in U.S. cents per pound
Dalian soy oil and RBD palm olein in Chinese yuan per tonne
India soy oil in Indian rupee per 10 kg
Crude in U.S. dollars per barrel
($1 = 4.0850 ringgit)
($1 = 71.0360 Indian rupees)
($1 = 6.6979 Chinese yuan)
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