Palm oil edges higher

February 05, 2019

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian palm oil futures rose on Monday, charting a third session of gains in five, on the back of expectations of easing inventory levels.

The benchmark palm oil contract for April delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange was up 0.3 per cent at 2,306 ringgit ($563.68) a tonne at noon, after earlier hitting a high of 2,313 ringgit. Trading volumes stood at 5,327 lots of 25 tonnes each at noon.

“The market is expecting a drop in stock levels,” said a Kuala Lumpur-based trader, referring to palm inventories in Malaysia, the world’s second-largest producer.

Palm oil inventories in December rose 6.9pc to 3.21 million tonnes, the highest in nearly two decades. It likely eased in January in line with a drop in seasonal output.

Published in Dawn, February 5th, 2019