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Palm oil price increase: Following competing oils


Tuesday saw an increase in Malaysian palm oil futures for a second day, after gains in edible oils on the Dalian and Chicago exchanges as expectations for better exports drove prices higher.

During early activity on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange, the benchmark palm oil contract for February delivery increased by 55 ringgit, or 1.33%, to 4,195 ringgit ($931.81) per tonne.

Refinitiv Agriculture Research stated in a note late Monday that the fundamentals are still favourable with expectations of stronger exports and lower output.

The most active soyoil contract in Dalian (DBYcv1) increased 2.7%, while the most active palm oil contract (DCPcv1) increased 3.7%. Prices for soybean oil on the Chicago Board of Trade (BOcv1) continued to increase by 2% overnight.

Concerns regarding unusual protests over COVID-19 limitations in China hurt the global commodities markets on Monday, causing oil and grains to drop significantly to multi-month lows. As they contend for a piece of the global vegetable oil market, palm oil is impacted by changes in the prices of related oils.

Although it was still unclear what additional harm public uproar over China’s zero-COVID policy may do to the economy, Asian markets moved higher as Beijing’s latest attempt to encourage developers buoyed the real estate sector.

According to Reuters technical expert Wang Tao, the price of palm oil appears neutral in the band of 4,079 to 4,176 ringgit per tonne, and an escape could indicate a direction. There are numerous reasons behind the rising cost of palm oil in India. A very hazardous epidemic of the Corona virus has been plaguing India and the rest of the world for the past 1.5 years. For reasons of public safety, the Indian government decided to halt all trading. During this time, all shipping, aircraft, and other forms of transportation ceased operations.

India imports from Malaysia and Nepal since it cannot generate its own. In Asia, there are several nations that produce palm oil in addition to these two, but India only imports from Malaysia and Nepal. Transport costs to Nepal are lower than those to other nations, and the palm oil produced in Malaysia is high-quality and reasonably priced. The government of Malaysia and Nepal similarly placed their countries on lockdown during the epidemic, yet at this time palm oil shipments continued on a regular basis—perhaps not as frequently as usual, but it was still fine. Although it is commonly known that Malaysia is a Muslim nation, there are instances when a kattar mindset regarding religious beliefs can sabotage all positive interactions between individuals, nations, societies, etc. Mahathir Mohammad, the prime minister of Malaysia, followed suit by making the contentious claim that Kashmir is a part of Pakistan.

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