KUALA LUMPUR: Crude palm oil (CPO) futures on Bursa Derivatives
Exchange will likely be traded at RM2,800 to RM3,200 per tonne after
July as the El Nino hot weather may result in a production shortfall in
the second half of this year, said international palm oil expert Dorab
Mistry, who is Godrej International head of vegetable
oil trading, expects the bullish sentiment in palm oil would run from
the second half of this year until the first quarter of next year.
told participants at the first day of the 21st Palm and Laurics Oil
Conference and Exhibition: Price Outlook 2010/2011 (POC 2010) organised
by Bursa Malaysia yesterday that CPO prices would be trading in the
range of RM2,600 to RM2,800 per tonne between March and July due to
high vegetable oil stocks.
“I believe the palm oil market has a
comfortable cushion of stocks for the next few months and this will be
supported by large soybean oil supplies from South America,” he said.
whose forecasts are keenly watched, had earlier said that price of CPO
could rise to RM2,800 to RM3,000 per tonne by the end of the first
quarter of 2010 on higher global demand.
CME Group managing director of agricultural products and services
Timothy J.Andriesen announced that the new US dollar-denominated palm
oil futures contract is scheduled to be launched in Kuala Lumpur on May
24 and in Chicago on May 23.
He said the US dollar-denominated palm oil futures contracts were expected to be traded on the CME Globex.
is an outstanding development. I think it will increase the portfolio
of contract in the palm oil industry on a global basis,” adds Attunga
Capital Pty Ltd portfolio manager Phillip Pyle.
Malaysia Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Yusli Mohamed Yusoff
welcomed palm oil futures trading at the Indonesia Commodity &
Derivatives Exchange starting next month.
“We welcomed more competition because we like to see the profile of palm oil contracts to be raised internationally.
are quite confident, however, that our CPO futures (FCPO) contract will
remain the global price benchmark for CPO and large proportion of
traders will still trade here due to our established track record of
almost 30 years.
“We are expecting similar growth of 33% in FCPO contracts this year,” he said.
Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange recorded a 33% increase or four
million contracts in its FCPO contracts in 2009 compared with 2008.
the official launch of POC 2010, Plantation Industries and Commodities
Minister Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said Malaysia, the world’s second
largest palm oil exporter, is confident of surpassing its total palm
oil products exports in 2009 of RM49.59bil this year.
He said the average CPO price this year was expected be better than last year given increasing production and demand.
country is expected to meet the 18.1 million tonnes in palm oil
production this year,” he added.Palm oil production in Malaysia stood
at 17.6 million tonnes last year.
Dompok said the value of palm
oil product export declined by 24.4% to RM49.59bil last year due to
lower average CPO price of RM2,244.50 per tonne compared with
RM2,856.08 per tonne in 2008.
“But, in the terms of quantity, exports of Malaysian palm oil products increased by 2.9% last year.”
said the industry’s challenges included limited suitable land, labour
shortages and demand from global market for sustainably produced palm
Source : The Star by Sharidan M. Ali