Palm Futures Fall as Investors Take Profits

MALAYSIAN crude palm oil fell yesterday for the first time in over a week on a

firmer US dollar and weaker technicals, and as traders took profits

from the run of gains.

But the market, which has risen 34 per

cent in 2010, may rally further if more monsoon rains lash oil palm

estates in Malaysia and dry weather heightens the risk of a poor South

American soy crop, traders said.

A jump in US bond yields

boosted the dollar for a second day after President Barack Obama

proposed to extend Bush-era tax cuts, fuelling inflation concerns and

questions about a stable recovery for the world’s largest economy.

Investors trimmed their exposure to riskier assets and bought more US

dollars, triggering profit-taking across the agricultural commodity

space.

“The US dollar created some excuses to take profit as

well as some weak technicals. Most palm oil players will sit tight

until the Malaysian Palm Oil Board issues likely bullish data

tomorrow,” said a dealer with a foreign trading firm.

The

benchmark Feb 2011 crude palm oil contract on the Bursa Malaysia

Derivatives Exchange ended 0.4 per cent lower at RM3,594 a tonne, easing

from a 29-month high hit on Monday.

Traded volume more than

doubled to 24,790 lots of 25 tonnes each from the usual 10,000 lots as

traders booked profits after a public holiday on Tuesday.

Reuters

technical analysis suggested Malaysian palm oil will retrace to

RM3,496 per tonne as it completed a five-wave cycle at Monday’s high of

RM3,618 .

Traders are expecting bullish numbers from the MPOB

tomorrow after a Reuters poll forecast palm oil stocks probably fell

in November.

Other vegetable oils broadly fell, with China’s

markets on the lookout for any monetary tightening from the world’s

largest consumer of commodities.

US soyoil for December

delivery fell 1.2 per cent and the most active September 2011 soyoil

contract on China’s Dalian Commodity Exchange dropped 1.5 per cent.

Source : Business Times

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