Palm Oil Futures Extend Losses on Stronger Dollar

MALAYSIAN

palm oil extended losses yesterday and China’s soyoil market tumbled

from two-year highs as a stronger dollar made commodities priced in the

currency expensive and unattractive as an inflation hedge.

The

dollar rose broadly yesterday as speculation the US Federal Reserve

would take a gradualist approach to more quantitative easing next week

prompted players to liquidate some short dollar positions.

Benchmark

January 2011 palm oil futures on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives

Exchange ended 0.5 per cent lower at RM3,037 (US$981.3), extending

losses to a second day after the market hit a two-year high on Monday.

Traded volume was heavy at 19,420 lots of 25 tonnes each changing hands, almost double from the usual 10,000 lots.

“Palm oil followed a correction of China’s soyoil and profit taking on a stronger dollar,” said a trader in Kuala Lumpur.

But

traders expect resilient palm oil export when cargo surveyors issue

September data next week, which may have limited the losses in the

Malaysian benchmark.

Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao expects

Malaysian palm oil to maintain at RM3,194 per tonne based on its wave

pattern and a Fibonacci projection analysis.

China soyoil futures fell yesterday, tracking Chicago soybean prices that fell back from 14-month highs during Asian trade.

The

most active September soyoil contract on China’s Dalian Commodity

Exchange tumbled 2.8 per cent to 9,440 yuan per tonne on profit taking

after climbing to its fresh two-year highs of 9,580 yuan earlier in the

session.

Source : Business Times

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