Palm oil falls more than 2% on bearish data

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KUALA LUMPUR (April 10): Malaysian palm oil futures fell more than 2% to a one-week low in evening trade on Wednesday, as an official data release from the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) showed March end-stocks and output were higher than forecast.

The data, released during the midday break, showed that March end-stocks were down 4.6% from February at 2.92 million tonnes, while output rose 8.3% to 1.67 million tonnes.

Meanwhile, exports surged by 22.4% from February to 1.62 million tonnes.

The benchmark palm oil contract for June delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange was down 1.9% at 2,170 ringgit (US$528.62) a tonne at midday.

It earlier fell as much as 2.6% to 2,155 ringgit, the lowest level since April 2.

"The official data is bearish as production was expected to be lower," said one Kuala Lumpur-based trader, adding this also contributed to higher than expected inventories. 

A second trader said the market fell in the afternoon, as the MPOB data showed a higher production trend.

In related oils, the Chicago May soybean oil contract was down 0.7% and the May soyoil contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange rose 0.2%. 

The Dalian May palm oil contract, meanwhile, slipped by 0.4%.

Palm oil prices are affected by movements in soyoil, with which it competes in the global vegetable oil market. 
        
 Palm, soy and crude oil prices at 1044 GMT

Contract Month Last Change Low High Volume
MY PALM OIL APR9 2100 -64.00 2090 2120 47
MY PALM OIL MAY9 2132 -64.00 2120 2200 2830
MY PALM OIL JUN9 2170 -42.00 2155 2219 24835
CHINA PALM OLEIN MAY9 4466 -16.00 4454 4520 282838
CHINA SOYOIL MAY9 5450 +8.00 5442 5472 94088
CBOT SOY OIL MAY9 28.85 -0.19 28.81 29.07 5844
INDIA PALM OIL APR9 536.30 -3.60 532.00 542.8 1055
INDIA SOYOIL APR9 743.15 -3.30 742 748.2 4770
NYMEX CRUDE MAY9 64.39 +0.41 64.05 64.54 102340

 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 = 4.1050 ringgit)
(US$1 = 6.7171 Chinese yuan)
(US$1 = 69.2900 Indian rupees)