Palm jumps more than 2% on higher demand, stronger soyoil

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KUALA LUMPUR (May 16): Malaysian palm oil futures rose to a more than two-week high on Thursday evening on better demand for the edible oil, moving up for the fourth straight day, as they tracked gains in soyoil on the U.S. Chicago Board of Trade.    

The benchmark palm oil contract for August delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange was last up 2.5% at 2,096 ringgit (US$503.48) a tonne.

The market earlier rose to 2,099 ringgit, its strongest level since April 30. Palm is up 5.7% so far for the week, in line to chart its first week of gains in four.

"The market is supported by the continuation of good exports," said a Kuala Lumpur-based trader, referring to the export data reported by cargo surveyors on Wednesday.  

Malaysian palm oil shipments rose between 4% and 15% during May 1-15 from the corresponding period last month, according to data from three cargo surveyors, Amspec Agri Malaysia, Intertek Testing Services and Societe Generale de Surveillance.

Another trader added that palm prices were supported by continuous gains in competing vegetable oils.   

The Chicago July soybean oil contract had gained 0.9% on Wednesday, after U.S. President Donald Trump eased concerns over the U.S.-China tariff war, and was last up 0.6% on Thursday.

Palm oil prices are affected by movements in soyoil, with which it competes for global market share.

Palm oil may rise to 2,091 ringgit per tonne, as it has cleared resistance at 2,034 ringgit, said Reuters market analyst for commodities and energy technicals Wang Tao.

Meanwhile, the May soyoil contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange was up 0.6%, and the Dalian May palm oil contract jumped 1.3%.
 Palm, soy and crude oil prices at 1103 GMT

Contract Month Last Change Low High Volume
MY PALM OIL JUN9 2059 +57.00 2015 2061 1318
MY PALM OIL JUL9 2082 +56.00 2025 2088 14026
MY PALM OIL AUG9 2095 +51.00 2043 2099 22899
CHINA PALM OLEIN MAY9 4170 +54.00 4140 4222 84
CHINA SOYOIL MAY9 0 +34.00 0 0 0
CBOT SOY OIL JUL9 27.4 +0.16 27.23 27.47 5433
INDIA PALM OIL MAY9 526.50 +4.10 524.00 527.4 651
INDIA SOYOIL MAY9 763 +5.60 758.05 763 2040
NYMEX CRUDE JUN9 62.62 +0.60 62.08 62.68 116331

 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 = 4.1630 ringgit)
(US$1 = 70.0220 Indian rupees)
(US$1 = 6.8777 Chinese yuan)