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Palm oil falls to 6-month low on strengthening ringgit

Saturday, 15 April 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian palm oil futures hit a 6-month low in evening trade on Friday and were headed for a third consecutive session of declines, weighed down by a stronger ringgit.

The ringgit, palm oil’s currency of trade, hit a five-month high at 4.3960 per dollar and was last up 0.1% at 4.4050. A stronger ringgit makes the tropical oil more expensive for holders of other currencies.

The benchmark palm oil contract for June delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange was down 0.5% at 2,554 ringgit ($579.80) a tonne at the end of the trading day. Earlier in the session, it fell to a low of 2,543 ringgit, the weakest since 10 October. Traded volumes stood at 37,288 lots of 25 tonnes each on Friday evening.

Apart from the ringgit’s strength dampening demand for the vegetable oil, a narrowing spread between palm and soyoil also prompts buyers to switch to soyoil, said traders.

Palm oil prices are impacted by movements in rival edible oils as they compete for a share in the global vegetable oils market. Soybean oil on the Chicago Board of Trade was last up 0.1%, while the September soybean oil contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange also rose 0.1%.

Palm has shed 4% so far this week, its third weekly decline in four, as traders sold throughout the week on forecasts of rising output. Production in the world’s second largest producer after Indonesia is seen rising in line with seasonal trend, and as the effects of a crop damaging El Nino wear off.

Data from industry regulator showed that output in March rose 16.3% on month, the first monthly gain since September and higher than the past five-year average for March growth. In other related vegetable oils, the September contract for palm olein was down just 0.04%.

Source by: Internet

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