Palm edges down on profit-taking, output concerns

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KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 29): Malaysian palm oil futures slipped in early trade on Wednesday on profit-taking as concerns about higher output, especially in top producer Indonesia, weighed on sentiment.

The benchmark palm oil contract for November delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange was down 0.1% at RM2,229 (US$543.00) a tonne at the midday break.

Trading volumes stood at 7,579 lots of 25 tonnes each at noon.

"The market is seeing some profit-taking, it is also looking for further catalysts," said a Kuala Lumpur-based futures trader, adding that traders were looking ahead to price forecasts by key industry analysts scheduled to speak at an industry conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Analyst Thomas Mielke on Tuesday forecast palm oil futures will likely rise to not more than RM2,500 per tonne in the next six months, while the lower limit was at RM2,100.

"We're also hearing that Indonesia is oversupplied," the trader added, which contributed to the market's concerns.

Palm oil output typically rises in the third and fourth quarter of the year in line with the seasonal trend.

Indonesia and Malaysia together account for nearly 90% of global palm oil supply.

In other related oils, the Chicago December soybean oil contract was up 0.1% while the January soybean oil contract on China's Dalian Commodity Exchange declined 0.2%.

The Dalian January palm oil contract fell 0.1%.

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

Palm, soy and crude oil prices at 0524 GMT

Contract          Month    Last  Change     Low    High  Volume
MY PALM OIL       SEP8     2187   -2.00    2183    2187      79
MY PALM OIL       OCT8     2210   -3.00    2206    2213     821
MY PALM OIL       NOV8     2229   -3.00    2224    2234    3364
CHINA PALM OLEIN  JAN9     4870   -6.00    4862    4910  198596
CHINA SOYOIL      JAN9     5800  -12.00    5788    5842  226824
CBOT SOY OIL      DEC8    28.62   +0.05   28.58   28.73    3152
INDIA PALM OIL    AUG8   594.00   +0.50  593.00   594.1     208
INDIA SOYOIL      SEP8    730.6   -0.10  729.55   730.9     750
NYMEX CRUDE       OCT8    68.52   -0.01   68.48   68.64   16194

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 = RM4.1050)
(US$1 = 70.0900 Indian rupees)
(US$1 = 6.8740 Chinese yuan)