CPO Futures Trading Seen Rangebound

Crude palm oil (CPO) futures prices on the Malaysia Derivatives Exchange

will likely to be in rangebound trade next week, despite rising

concerns over tight supply, dealers said.

A dealer said the dry

season may continue to curb some production.

HWANGDBS Vickers

Research Sdn Bhd, in its research note said however, the low inventory

level would likely be reversed next month.

“We expect the

stock/usage ratio to reverse itself next month as yields continue to

recover, despite seasonally drier weather starting May,” said the

research house.


It said exports continued to grow in March, rising 7.7 per cent on a

month-on-month basis, to 1.394 million metric tonnes.

This,

coupled with higher domestic consumption, reduced inventory from 1.789

million metric tonnes to 1.655 million metric tonnes, the lowest in six

months.

Correspondingly, the stock/usage ratio was 9.1 per cent

at end March, it noted.

However, this rising production as well

as expectation that soybean oil prices will continue to decline, is

likely to drag prices down.

“Recent palm oil price movements

confirm our view that lower soybean oil prices will continue to drag

down palm oil prices,” it explained.

Soybean and palm oil prices

always move in tandem as both commodities compete for similar export

destinations.

For next week, the support level would be at

RM2,500 per tonne and immediate resistance at between RM2,550 to RM2,560

per tonne.

CPO prices were mostly lower on trading days during

the week but ended firmer on Friday.

On a Friday-to-Friday basis,

May 2010 declined RM13 to RM2,540, June 2010 lost RM66 to RM2,528 and

July 2010 eased RM12 to RM2,518.

However, total turnover dropped

to 58,345 lots from 82,169 lots last Friday while open interests

declined to 71,486 contracts from 77,683 contracts last week.

On

the physical market, April South declined RM15 to RM2,560 per tonne.

–Bernama

Source : Business Times

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