VEGOILS-Palm ends up on support from rival oils, market waits for export data

Reuters · 05/13 10:22
VEGOILS-Palm ends up on support from rival oils, market waits for export data

Updates with closing prices

By Dewi Kurniawati

- Malaysian palm oil futures closed higher on Monday as the market tracked strength in rival oils at Dalian and Chicago Board of Trade, while the market awaited export data for further cues.

The benchmark palm oil contract FCPOc3 for July delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange increased 58 ringgit, or 1.52%, to 3,867 ringgit ($818.07) a metric ton on the closing.

"Palm oil is tracking Dalian and CBOT, while looking forward to the 15-day export data to provide further lead," a Kuala Lumpur-based trader told Reuters.

Dalian's most-active soyoil contract DBYcv1 rose 1.66%, while its palm oil contract DCPcv1 gained 1.75%. Soyoil prices on the Chicago Board of Trade BOcv1 increased 0.95%.

Palm oil is affected by price movements in related oils as they compete for a share in the global vegetable oils market.

Investors are expecting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's monthly crop production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates reports to show ample supplies in the United States and globally.

Malaysia's industrial production in March rose 2.4% from a year earlier, below expectations, government data showed on Friday.

Exports of Malaysian palm oil products for May 1 to 10 fell 14.2%, to 369,920 metric tons, from 431,190 metric tons shipped during April 1 to 10, cargo surveyor Intertek Testing Services said on Friday.

Independent inspection company AmSpec Agri Malaysia said on Friday that exports fell 14.8%, while Cargo surveyor Societe Generale de Surveillance estimated exports at 263,369 metric tons, according to LSEG.

Oil prices extended declines on Monday amid signs of weak fuel demand and as comments from U.S. Federal Reserve officials dampened hopes of interest-rate cuts, which could slow growth and crimp fuel demand in the world's biggest economy.O/R

Stronger crude oil futures make palm a more attractive option for biodiesel feedstock.

($1 = 4.7270 ringgit)

(Reporting by Dewi Kurniawati; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu, Sohini Goswami and Pooja Desai)


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