Palm jumps about 1.5% on related oil strength

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KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 28): Malaysian palm oil futures opened at their highest in nearly seven months on Monday and were headed for a sixth session of gains in seven, supported by strength in related edible oils.

The benchmark palm oil contract for April delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange opened 1.7% higher at RM2,333 and was last up 1.4% at RM2,325 (US$565.97) a tonne at the midday break.    

Trading volumes stood at 11,091 lots of 25 tonnes each.

"Palm is up tracking strength in the Dalian Commodity Exchange," said a futures trader from Kuala Lumpur, referring to soyoil.

Palm prices rose on Monday even though data from a millers' association showed gains in January output, as the market has "already factored in the rush to harvest ahead of festive holidays", she said.

Malaysian markets will be closed on Feb 5-6 for the Lunar New Year celebrations.

Strong gains in US soyoil on Friday also helped palm, said another trader.

"The (millers' association) output data only shows production in Peninsular Malaysia is up," he said. The eastern states of Sabah and Sarawak are the country's top producing regions.

Palm oil may gain more to RM2,351 per tonne as it has cleared a resistance at RM2,322, said Wang Tao, a Reuters market analyst for commodities and energy technicals.

Meanwhile, soyoil prices on the US Chicago Board of Trade gained 1.8% on Friday, supported by concerns of Brazil's crop size and short-covering ahead of planned US-China trade talks next week.

The Chicago March soybean oil contract was up 0.1% on Monday.

In other related oils, the May soybean oil contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange jumped 1.8%, and the Dalian May palm oil contract rose 1.6%.

Palm oil prices are affected by movements in soyoil rates, as they compete for a share in the global vegetable oil market.

Palm, soy and crude oil prices at 0504 GMT:

Contract          Month    Last   Change     Low   High  Volume
MY PALM OIL       FEB9     2211   +21.00    2206   2212      54
MY PALM OIL       MAR9     2290   +25.00    2283   2298    1357
MY PALM OIL       APR9     2325   +31.00    2315   2333    5325
CHINA PALM OLEIN  MAY9     4848   +74.00    4768   4858  379516
CHINA SOYOIL      MAY9     5788  +100.00    5682   5806  387856
CBOT SOY OIL      MAR9    30.06    +0.03   29.97   30.1    3920
INDIA PALM OIL    JAN9   564.00    +4.00  563.70    565     152
INDIA SOYOIL      FEB9    776.7    +6.85     773  777.8    4280
NYMEX CRUDE       MAR9    53.38    -0.31   53.20  53.64   30684

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 = RM4.1080)
(US$1 = 71.0560 Indian rupees)
(US$1 = 6.7291 Chinese yuan)