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Palm oil hits six-week high

Palm oil hits  six-week high

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian palm oil futures rose to a six-week high on Thursday due to a weaker ringgit, though data showing rising production and inventory weighed on sentiment.

The benchmark November contract on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange reached a high of 2,159 ringgit ($498.96) per tonne in intraday trading before ending the day 2 per cent higher at 2,156 ringgit. Traded volume stood at 54,653 lots of 25 tonnes each, well above the average of 35,000 lots at the end of the trading day.

“The rise in production and stockpiles was within market expectations, the ringgit is the main factor driving the market today,” said a Kuala Lumpur-based trader.

Malaysia’s palm oil stocks at the end of August rose 10pc to 2.49 million tonnes from a revised 2.27m tonnes at the end of July, industry regulator Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) said. Palm oil output in the world’s second largest producer rose 12.96pc in August from a month earlier, data released by MPOB showed.

Palm oil is expected to rise to 2,171 ringgit as it has broken a resistance at 2,113 ringgit, said Reuters market analyst Wang Tao.—Reuters

Published in Dawn, September 11th, 2015

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