OBSERVATIONS: Depressed by the prospect of lower foreign demand
for palm oil, due to the narrowing of the palm oil-soyabean oil
discount, the Kuala Lumpur CPO futures market hit the skids last week.
Its slide down the price chart was lubricated by crude oil’s meltdown to
five-month lows under US$72 a barrel.
The benchmark July 2010
contract broke through on the downside the erstwhile RM2,470 a tonne
support level before settling last Friday at RM2,457, down RM62, or 2.46
per cent, over the week
Reacting to scintillating May 1–10
export estimates and an official report that palm oil stocks fell as of
end-April 2010, this market made attempts at rallies in early trade last
week. But those early rallies fizzled out as the palm oil-soya-bean oil
discount narrowed to 9 per cent (the norm is 15 per cent).
narrowing of the palm oil-soyabean oil discount was a function of the
strengthening of the Malaysian unit against the US dollar; it serves to
diminish palm oil’s attraction vis-à-vis soyabean oil in world edible
Soyabean oil is the world’s No. 1 edible oil in terms of consumption but
palm oil is the world’s No. 1 oil in terms of world trade in oils and
At the start of last week the ringgit was being swapped
at around RM3.28 to a US dollar in forex markets. But it quickly
strengthened, especially after Bank Negara Malaysia’s mid-week 0.25
basis point increase in the Overnight Policy Rate to 2.50 per cent.
The Malaysian unit closed last week just above RM3.20 to a US dollar, a
gain of some 2.4 per cent against the greenback in the course of one
Conclusion: Last week’s breakdown below the
erstwhile RM2,470 support level signals this market’s descent to a lower
price plane in the present phase of the bear market.
target: the RM2,400 immediate support level.
HOW TO USE THE
CHARTS AND INDICATORS
THE BAR AND VOLUME CHART:
This is the daily high, low and settlement prices of the most actively
traded basis month of the crude palm oil futures contract. Basically,
rising prices accompanied by rising volumes would indicate a bull
THE MOMENTUM INDEX: This line plots the
short/medium-term direction of the market and may be interpreted as
(a) The market is in an upward direction when the line
closes above the neutral straight line and is in a downward direction
when the reverse is the case.
(b) A loss in the momentum of the line
(divergence) when prices are still heading up or down normally indicates
that the market could expect a technical correction or a reversal in
the near future.
THE RELATIVE STRENGTH INDEX: This indicator is
most useful when plotted in conjunction with a daily bar chart and may
be interpreted as follows:
(a) Overbought and oversold positions
are indicated when the index goes above or below the upper and lower
(b) Support and resistance often show up clearly
before becoming apparent on the bar chart.
(c) Divergence between
the index and price action on the chart is a very strong indication that
a market turning point is imminent.
The subject expressed
above is based purely on technical analysis and opinions of the writer.