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Palm oil falls on stronger Malaysia Ringgit

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian palm oil futures declined on Tuesday evening, their first drop in 3 sessions, weighed down by a stronger Ringgit and forecasts of rising production. The Ringgit, the currency of trade for palm oil, rose to its highest in 6 months against the dollar and was last up 0.3%.

A stronger Ringgit typically makes palm oil more expensive for holders of foreign currencies. The benchmark palm oil contract for August delivery  on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange was down 1.7% at RM2,617 ($609.74) a tonne at the close of trade. Traded volumes stood at 40,143 lots of 25 tonnes each on Tuesday evening.

“The market traded lower on a stronger Ringgit today,” said a Kuala Lumpur-based trader, adding that expectations of rising production also put pressure on the market.

Traders added that the market later saw sharper declines on weaker performing related oils on China’s Dalian Commodity Exchange and on a correction. Palm oil output in Malaysia, the world’s second largest producer of the tropical oil, rose 5.7% from a month earlier to 1.5 million tonnes in April.

Production is seen further rising in the coming months, in line with seasonal trend and as trees recover from a crop-damaging El Nino weather pattern. The benchmark palm oil contract is biased to break a support at RM2,642 per tonne and fall to the next support at RM2,600.

In other related vegetable oils, soybean oil on the Chicago Board of Trade was down 0.9%, while the September soybean oil contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange fell 0.9%. The September contract for palm olein declined 1.2%. Palm oil prices take direction from rival edible oils such as soyoil, as they compete for a share in the global vegetable oils market.

Source by: Internet

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