Palm rises to highest in a week, tracking gains in related oils

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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 7): Malaysian palm oil futures rose to a one-week high on Wednesday evening, supported by gains in rival edible oils.

The benchmark palm oil contract for April delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange was up 0.6% at 2,485 ringgit (US$636.04) a tonne at the close. It earlier rose as much as 1.6% to 2,510 ringgit, its highest since Jan 30.

Trading volumes stood at 41,943 lots of 25 tonnes each at the end of the trading day.

"The market is up after we saw strong overnight gains in the soybean oil market," said a Kuala Lumpur-based trader.

However, the gains may not be sustained due to weak demand for the tropical oil, he added.

Malaysian palm oil shipments are forecast to decline 8% in January to 1.31 million tonnes, according to a Reuters poll, while end-stocks are seen rising 0.6% to 2.75 million tonnes.

Output, however, is expected to fall 14.9% to 1.56 million tonnes. 

Palm oil prices are affected by rival edible oils, as they compete for a share in the global vegetable oils market.

The March soybean oil contract on the Chicago Board of Trade surged 2% on Tuesday, buoyed by chart-based buying and optimism U.S. lawmakers may soon renew a US$1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit. It was last up 0.2% on Wednesday.

The gains were also in line with soybean futures, underpinned by dry weather curbing Argentina's crop yields and excessive rains slowing Brazil's harvest.

In other related edible oils, the May soybean oil on the Dalian Commodity Exchange edged up 0.5%, while the Dalian May palm oil contract rose 0.4%.

Palm oil remains neutral in a range of 2,448-2,520 ringgit per tonne, said Wang Tao, a Reuters market analyst for commodities and energy technicals.

Palm, soy and crude oil prices as of 1036 GMT

Contract Month Last Change Low High Volume
MY PALM OIL FEB8 2480 +1.00 2480 2510 254
MY PALM OIL MAR8 2486 +11.00 2484 2508 1835
MY PALM OIL APR8 2486 +15.00 2483 2510 23303
CHINA PALM OLEIN MAY8 5122 +18.00 5086 5142 226956
CHINA SOYOIL MAY8 5632 +30.00 5590 5670 291750
CBOT SOY OIL MAR8 33.22 +0.06 33.09 33.29 9467
INDIA PALM OIL FEB8 572.10 +1.20 571.30 579.9 1109
INDIA SOYOIL FEB8 741 +3.30 739.9 742.5 8030
NYMEX CRUDE MAR8 63.24 -0.15 63.18 64.18 113515

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 = 3.9070 ringgit)
(US$1 = 64.1750 Indian rupees)
(US$1 = 6.2658 Chinese yuan)