Palm sees first gain in three days on bullish data outlook

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KUALA LUMPUR (June 11): Malaysian palm oil futures climbed more than 1% on Tuesday, recovering from two previous sessions of sharp declines on expectations of upbeat official industry data due later this week. 

The benchmark palm oil contract for August delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange was up 0.7% at 2,007 ringgit (US$482.34) per tonne on Tuesday evening, charting its first gain in three days.

It had risen as much as 1.3% to an intraday high of 2,019 ringgit.  

"The market was earlier oversold and the anticipation for supportive industry data supported a rebound (in palm prices)," said a Kuala Lumpur-based futures trader, referring to data from industry regulator and Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). 

The MPOB will publish palm oil inventory, production and export data for May on June 12 after 0430 GMT, instead of June 10 as previously scheduled, the MPOB said.

A Reuters survey showed Malaysia's palm oil stocks likely hit a 10-month low by end-May, falling 9.7% from April to 2.46 million tonnes, which would help support benchmark palm oil prices.

Meanwhile, production is seen easing 2% to 1.61 million tonnes from April, while exports likely rose 3.3% on-month to 1.71 million tonnes.

In other related oils, the Chicago July soybean oil contract was last trading flat at 1100 GMT, and the September soyoil contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange edged up 0.2%. 

The Dalian September palm oil contract rose 0.1%.

Palm oil prices are affected by movements in related edible oils, with which it competes for global market share.  
                
 Palm, soy and crude oil prices at 1104 GMT

Contract Month Last Change Low High Volume
MY PALM OIL JUN9 1990 +15.00 1975 1990 13
MY PALM OIL JUL9 2004 +15.00 1989 2011 3834
MY PALM OIL AUG9 2009 +13.00 1995 2019 19292
CHINA PALM OLEIN SEP9 4396 +4.00 4376 4418 403212
CHINA SOYOIL SEP9 5466 +10.00 5440 5482 355256
CBOT SOY OIL JUL9 27.38 +0.00 27.32 27.44 4355
INDIA PALM OIL JUN9 499.00 +0.10 497.40 502.3 764
INDIA SOYOIL JUN9 747.2 +2.95 743 747.8 2810
NYMEX CRUDE JUL9 53.76 +0.50 53.28 53.98 150106

 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 = 4.1610 ringgit)
(US$1 = 69.4350 Indian rupees)
(US$1 = 6.9127 Chinese yuan)