KUALA LUMPUR (May 16): Malaysian palm oil futures rose to a two-week high in early trade on Thursday on better demand for the edible oil, set to gain for the fourth straight day as they tracked gains in soyoil on the US Chicago Board of Trade.
Benchmark palm oil contract for August delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange was last up 1.4% at RM2,073 (US$498.68) a tonne.
The market earlier rose to RM2,075, its strongest level since May 2. Palm is also up 4.5% 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 US President Donald Trump eased concerns over the US-China tariff war, and was last up 0.4% on Thursday.
Palm oil prices are affected by movements in soyoil, with which it competes for global market share.
Palm oil may rise to RM2,091 per tonne, as it has cleared a resistance at RM2,034, 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 2.6%.
Palm, soy and crude oil prices at 0433 GMT
|MY PALM OIL||JUN9||2030||+26.00||2015||2034||340|
|MY PALM OIL||JUL9||2058||+29.00||2025||2061||4545|
|MY PALM OIL||AUG9||2073||+28.00||2043||2075||8329|
|CHINA PALM OLEIN||MAY9||4222||+106.00||4140||4222||24|
|CBOT SOY OIL||JUL9||27.35||+0.11||27.23||27.39||2465|
|INDIA PALM OIL||MAY9||525.90||+3.50||524.00||526||100|
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 = RM4.1570)
(US$1 = 70.2850 Indian rupees)
(US$1 = 6.8763 Chinese yuan)