Malaysian Palm Oil Price Falls to 1-week Low as Inventories Remain High

MALAYSIAN PALM OIL PRICE FALLS TO 1-WEEK LOW AS INVENTORIES REMAIN HIGH

The benchmark palm oil contract for June delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange closed up 0.2 percent at 2,136 ringgit ($524.82) a tonne, snapping three previous sessions of declines.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian palm oil futures fell to a one-week low on Wednesday as market sentiment remained bearish over high inventory levels, before reversing its losses at the close of trade on short covering.

The benchmark palm oil contract for June delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange closed up 0.2 percent at 2,136 ringgit ($524.82) a tonne, snapping three previous sessions of declines.

“There was some short covering towards the end of the day,” said a futures trader in Kuala Lumpur.

 Earlier in the session, it fell as much as 1.1 percent to 2,109 ringgit, its lowest since March 19.

 

“However, I am hearing that exports will be good for the full month of March,” said one of them, adding 

that it was due to additional demand ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Ramadan, which begins in early May this year, usually sees higher usage of palm oil for cooking purposes.

Palm oil inventories in Malaysia, the world’s second-largest producer and exporter, rose 1.3 percent to 3.05 million tonnes in February from a month earlier.

In other related oils, the Chicago May soybean oil contract fell 0.1 percent, while the May soyoil contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange was up 0.04 percent.

The Dalian May palm oil contract fell 0.4 percent.

Palm oil prices are affected by movements in soyoil, as they compete for a share in the global vegetable oil market. – Reuters

Source : The Star

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