Malaysia’s benchmark palm oil futures extended gains to a second session on Monday, helped by stronger vegetable oils, a weaker ringgit, and supportive export data.
The benchmark palm oil contract for November delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange rose 1.71% to 4,218 ringgit ($941.52) a tonne by the end of the afternoon session. It gained 1.24% on Friday.
Palm futures were higher “on the back of strong Dalian palm oil, good export data and a further weakening of the ringgit,” a trader in Kuala Lumpur said.
Dalian’s palm oil contract rose 3.57%, while its soyoil contract gained 2.40%. Soyoil prices on the Chicago Board of Trade were little changed.
Palm oil is affected by price movements in related oils as they compete for a share in the global vegetable oils market.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian ringgit weakened for a sixth straight session against the dollar, trading near its lowest level since 2016.
A weaker ringgit makes Malaysian palm oil more attractive for buyers with foreign currency.
Exports of Malaysian palm oil products for Aug. 1-20 rose 9.1% to 728,165 tonnes from the same period in July, cargo surveyor Intertek Testing Services said on Saturday, while independent inspection company AmSpec Agri Malaysia reported a 3.8% drop.
Palm oil may test a resistance at 4,269 ringgit per tonne, as it has managed to hover above a support at 4,085 ringgit per tonne, Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao said.
Source: Business Recorder