Palm oil jumps to two-month top as ringgit, rupiah weaken

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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 4): Malaysian palm oil futures rose to a two-month high on Tuesday evening, charting a third straight session of gains, as the Malaysian ringgit and the Indonesian rupiah weakened and related edible oils moved higher.

A weaker ringgit, palm oil's traded currency, makes it cheaper for holders of foreign currencies. The ringgit fell 0.2% to 4.1370 against the dollar, its lowest since Nov 22.

The benchmark palm oil contract for November delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange was up 1.8% at RM2,298 (US$555.47) a tonne at the close of trade. It earlier rose as much as 1.9% to RM2,301, its strongest levels since July 5.

Traded volumes stood at 38,842 lots of 25 tonnes each at the end of the day.

"Palm opened higher taking cues from gains in competing vegetable oils. Malaysia's ringgit and Indonesia's rupiah are also both weak," said a futures trader in Kuala Lumpur.

Indonesia is the world's largest producer and exporter of palm oil. It's currency fell 0.8% to 14,930 against the dollar on Tuesday, its weakest in a decade.

In related oils, the Chicago December soybean oil contract was up 0.6%, while January soybean oil on China's Dalian Commodity Exchange jumped 1.7%.

Dalian January palm oil rose 2.1%.  

Palm oil prices are impacted by movements of other edible oils, as they compete for a share in the global vegetable oils market.

Palm oil may rise to RM2,322 per tonne in a week, as suggested by its wave pattern and a projection analysis, according to Wang Tao, a Reuters market analyst for commodities and energy technicals.

Palm, soy and crude oil prices at 1103 GMT

Contract              Month    Last   Change       Low     High     Volume
MY PALM OIL          SEP8      2240   +33.00      2215     2240         57
MY PALM OIL          OCT8      2270   +33.00      2252     2275       4132
MY PALM OIL          NOV8      2295   +40.00      2270     2301      17911
CHINA PALM OLEIN     JAN9      4950     +90.00     4894     4962     478026
CHINA SOYOIL         JAN9      5874   +98.00      5818     5878     411598
CBOT SOY OIL         DEC8         28.95    +7.30      28.7       29    8322
INDIA PALM OIL       SEP8      608.00    +7.30    601.40    608.1      1208
INDIA SOYOIL         SEP8     747.5    +7.10     741.5    747.9      13790
NYMEX CRUDE          OCT8     71.27    +1.47     69.53    71.40     300074

Palm oil prices in Malaysian ringgit per tonne
CBOT soy oil in US 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 US dollars per barrel

(US$1 = RM4.1370)
(US$1 = 71.5200 Indian rupees)
(US$1 = 6.8362 Chinese yuan)