By Kavita Desai
The January rubber contract on the ICEX ended 1.7% higher to 13,535 rupees per 100 kg. In Kerala, the widely-traded RSS-4 variety was at 129-130 rupees per kg, unchanged from the previous close.
Slowdown in tapping activity due to absence of strong buying from the tyre companies affected the daily supply in the spot markets of Kerala, said Joy Manjaly, a trader of Thrissur-based J.B. Rubbers.
Rubber futures on TOCOM traded up over 1% in the early session on news that Thailand is mulling a reduction in its rubber plantation by 20% over the next 20 years, said analysts.
This news had also pushed rubber prices higher on the Shanghai Futures Exchange. Today, the benchmark January natural rubber contract on the Chinese bourse rose sharply by 3.5%.
However, the May rubber contract on TOCOM ended marginally lower by 0.3% at 197.5 yen (around 129.30 rupees) a kg.
In Malaysia, the price of the SMR-20 variety rose by $2 at $143.9 per 100 kg today, Rubber Board data showed.
The following table shows today’s closing prices of rubber, in rupees per kg, as detailed by the Rubber Board, and the change in prices, in rupees, compared with the previous close:
US$1 = 71.28 rupees
Edited by Aditya Sakorkar