Palm rebounds on stronger crude oil

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KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 15): Malaysian palm oil futures rose on Tuesday evening for their biggest daily advance in a week, rebounding from Monday's near two-week low, tracking gains in crude oil prices.

Soyoil's rise on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) also supported prices, a trader said.  

The benchmark palm oil contract for March delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange was up 0.5% at 2,146 ringgit (US$523.03) a tonne at the close. That marked its strongest daily gain since Jan 8.

It had fallen to 2,134 ringgit on Monday, the lowest level since the start of the year.

Trading volumes stood at 35,333 lots of 25 tonnes each at the end of the trading day.

"Today's gains are mostly from tracking strength in CBOT and crude oil," one Kuala Lumpur-based trader said, referring to U.S. soyoil gains on Tuesday, along with soybeans. 

Chicago soybean futures ticked higher on Tuesday, recouping some of the previous session's decline, on concerns over adverse weather in South America, though gains were capped by slowing demand in China.   

Palm oil prices are affected by price movements of soyoil, which competes for a share of the global vegetable oil market. 

Meanwhile, crude oil prices rose 1% on Tuesday, amid supply cuts led by OPEC and Russia, though a darkening economic outlook capped gains.

Prices of palm oil are also influenced by crude oil, because the edible oil is also used as feedstock to make biodiesel. 

In related oils, the Chicago March soybean oil contract rose 0.1%, while the May soybean oil contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange fell by 0.3%.

The Dalian January palm oil contract retreated by 0.5%.
 Palm, soy and crude oil prices at 1125 GMT: 

Contract Month Last Change Low High Volume
MY PALM OIL JAN9 2130 +68.00 2130 2130 50
MY PALM OIL FEB9 2099 +5.00 2095 2112 847
MY PALM OIL MAR9 2147 +10.00 2138 2161 11792
CHINA PALM OLEIN JAN9 4200 -22.00 3992 4200 556
CHINA SOYOIL JAN9 5170 +12.00 5168 5170 120
CBOT SOY OIL JAN9 28.43 +0.03 28.36 28.52 6074
INDIA PALM OIL JAN9 546.70 +1.50 545.20 547.8 326
INDIA SOYOIL JAN9 769 +0.05 768 770.3 1930
NYMEX CRUDE FEB9 51.12 +0.61 50.64 51.32 148702

 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
(US$1 = 4.1030 ringgit)
(US$1 = 71.0130 Indian rupees)
(US$1 = 6.7591 Chinese yuan)