The crude palm oil (CPO) price has been revised upwards by 13 per cent
to RM3,400 per tonne for this year from RM3,000 per tonne previously,
says MIDF Research.
The research house also expects the CPO price to break the RM4,000
per tonne level in the first quarter, due to strong demand for the
coming Chinese New Year.
“However, the high price may not be enough to dampen demand for CPO
and this would further provide a short-term potential upside for the
price,” MIDF Research said in an equity note today.
It said demand of edible oils from China appears to be price
inelastic and a higher import is expected, in order to replenish the
inventory level for the coming Chinese New Year, which falls on Feb 3.
In November, although the CPO price reached its first yearly high,
Malaysian and Indonesian CPO exports to China increased by US$149
million and US$454 million month-on-month, respectively.
Consumption in China is expected to increase by eight per cent this year.
Demand from India is also strong with consumption growing at 21 per
cent per annum for the last five years and the uptrend is expected to
“Growing incomes in emerging middle class countries like India and
China are expected to drive the global demand for vegetable oils,” MIDF
Malaysian exports to India was up by US$28.7 million or 52 per cent month-on-month in November last year.
Consumption is expected to grow at 10 per cent this year.
MIDF Research said it was also revising the forward earnings of companies under its coverage by an average of 7.5 per cent.
“We are bullish on the agriculture commodity sector especially CPO,
on the back of weak global production, and high demand in addition to
the weakening US dollar,” it said.
Plantation stocks have been rallying with the CPO price. The KL
Plantation Index rose 26 per cent last year with a 48 per cent increase
in the CPO price.
The CPO price also rose to its 33-month high of RM3,913 per tonne on
Tuesday while the Plantation Index has gained 2.1 per cent
“We expect the CPO price to continue its upcycle given the
demand-supply mismatch. That will be positive for plantation stocks,”
MIDF Research said. –Bernama
Source : Business Times