Palm rises for second session tracking other commodity markets

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JAKARTA (Aug 28): Malaysian palm oil futures extended gains into a second session on Friday, tracking other commodity markets while a weaker ringgit also helped, but were set to post their ninth straight weekly loss after a global market rout earlier this week.

By the midday break, the benchmark palm oil contract for November on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives exchange had gained 1.9% to 1,962 ringgit ($466.03) a tonne, following a 3% gain in the previous session.

Traded volume stood at 20,651 lots of 25 tonnes each, well above the roughly 13,500 lots usually traded by midday.     

"Market is going for further retracement after an oversold palm," said a trader in Kuala Lumpur. "In the external market, soy oil, crude oil, and palm oil in Dalian are up sharply, our market is following."

The palm benchmark hit its lowest since March 2009 on Tuesday, and has lost 3.1% so far this week.            

Wang Tao, a Reuters market analyst for commodities and energy technicals, said palm oil may rise more to 2,024 ringgit per tonne, following the completion of a five-wave cycle. The cycle started at the July 3 high of 2,285 ringgit. A Fibonacci retracement analysis reveals palm oil has climbed above a resistance at 1,963 ringgit, the 23.6% level.

A weaker Malaysian ringgit also helped the commodity as it makes palm cheaper for offshore buyers. The ringgit has been emerging Asia's worst performing currency, losing nearly 17% so far this year, on weakness in global currencies and domestic politic woes.

In comparative vegetable oils, the US September soyoil contract was 1.1% higher in early Asian trade, while the most active soybean oil contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange jumped 2.1%.    

Crude oil futures rose, adding to their biggest one-day rally in over six years the day before, led by recovering equity markets and news of diminished crude supplies.

Palm, soy and crude oil prices at 0522 GMT

Contract Month Last Change Low High Volume
MY PALM OIL SEP5 0 +0.00 0 0 0
MY PALM OIL OCT5 1920 +30.00 1898 1933 2230
MY PALM OIL NOV5 1962 +37.00 1938 1974 10825
CHINA PALM OLEIN JAN6 4276 +144.00 4200 4296 874702
CHINA SOYOIL JAN6 5386 +112.00 5322 5454 839830
CBOT SOY OIL DEC5 27.54 +2.00 27.21 27.59 4583
INDIA PALM OIL AUG5 361.10 +2.00 359.20 362.30 286
INDIA SOYOIL OCT5 572.80 -0.75 571.80 576.70 8920
NYMEX CRUDE OCT5 43.08 +0.52 42.38 43.46 22364

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

($1 = 4.2100 ringgit)
($1 = 66.1100 Indian rupees)
($1 = 6.3925 Chinese yuan)