Dull Overseas Demand May Keep CPO Prices Rangebound

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demand from overseas and domestic buyers will keep crude palm oil

futures prices on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives rangebound next week, a

dealers said.

“It is difficult to judge the market movement next

week because the holiday is too long and most traders have already

stocked up their positions before the Muslim (Hari Raya) celebration,”

he said.

The dealer said trading may be also tight as investors

would look out for the data on the first ten days of palm oil exports in

September and the monthly industry statistics to be released by the

Malaysian Palm Oil Board.

A lacklustre performance was reported for August by surveyors.

It was reported that the Malaysian Palm Oil Board would release the

data on September 15, instead of September 10 due to the Hari Raya

holiday.

“This factor along with lack of leads on the domestic

front will prompt players to cut their positions or restrain them from

taking heavy positions,” the dealer said.

During the week, the

market traded mostly higher as traders actively chased the physical

market on expectations of lower production with plantation workers

expected to take a long break to celebrate Hari Raya next week.

The

market will be closed on Friday for Hari Raya. Trade will resume on

Monday, September 13. On a weekly basis, September 2010 was up RM8 to

RM2,695 a tonne, October 2010 rose RM20 to RM2,624 a tonne, November

2010 gained RM28 to RM2,570 and December 2010 added RM39 to RM2,564.

Weekly

turnover, however decreased to 54,944 lots from 106,226 lots

previously, while open position stood at 69,764 contracts from last

Friday’s 68,853 contracts.

On the physical market, September South was unchanged from last week’s close of RM2,720. – Bernama

Source : Business Times

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