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VEGOILS-Palm hits near 3-week low amid declining exports

By Fergus Jensen

JAKARTA, July 27 (Reuters) – Malaysian palm oil futures

declined to their lowest in nearly three weeks on Monday as

traders sold positions after data showed exports fell this

month, and as competing oil markets weighed on prices.

By the midday break, the benchmark palm oil for October

delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange

had slipped 0.92 percent to 2,158 ringgit ($ 565.96) a tonne. The

contract hit 2,144 ringgit, its lowest since July 8, earlier in

the session.

Total traded volume stood at 18,621 lots of 25 tonnes each,

above the average 13,500 lots traded by midday.

“The market is weak. The export figure is bearish,” said a

trader with a foreign commodities brokerage in Kuala Lumpur,

adding that competing markets also fell.

“Every indicator points to the market being weak, and our

palm will continue the movement down.”

Export data released by cargo surveyor Intertek Testing

Services (ITS) for July 1-25, showed a nearly 18 percent decline

in shipments of Malaysian palm oil at 1,152,045 tonnes compared

with 1,400,162 tonnes shipped during June 1-25.

For palm prices to break the current downtrend, exports need

to pick up, the trader said.

“We need demand from the consuming countries because from

this point onwards, all the way to November, our production will

be rising.”

In competing markets, oil prices fell on Monday after

closing the previous session at their lowest levels since March

on renewed oversupply concerns from the United States and Iraq,

although a weaker dollar helped to limit deeper losses.

The U.S. soyoil contract for August was down 0.39

percent in early Asian trade, while the most active January

soybean oil contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange

lost 1.82 percent. Dalian RBD palm oil for September delivery

was down 1.72 percent.

Chicago Board of Trade November soybean futures was

down 1.35 percent at $ 9.52 a bushel, near the session low of

$ 9.50 a bushel – the lowest since June 23. Soybeans have dropped

for nine sessions out of 10.

Palm, soy and crude oil prices at 0541 GMT

Contract Month Last Change Low High Volume

MY PALM OIL AUG5 2160 -20.00 2149 2160 235

MY PALM OIL SEP5 2159 -19.00 2146 2160 2781

MY PALM OIL OCT5 2158 -20.00 2144 2159 8940

CHINA PALM OLEIN JAN6 4774 -96.00 4746 4874 560796

CHINA SOYOIL JAN6 5502 -92.00 5474 5592 561264

CBOT SOY OIL DEC5 30.74 -1.30 30.64 30.91 6548

INDIA PALM OIL JUL5 426.80 -1.30 425.00 426.80 91

INDIA SOYOIL AUG5 568.45 -1.50 566.40 568.80 7685

NYMEX CRUDE SEP5 47.91 -0.23 47.79 48.15 8538

Palm oil prices in Malaysian ringgit per tonne

CBOT soy oil in U.S. cents per pound

Dalian soy oil and RBD palm olein in Chinese yuan per tonne

India soy oil in Indian rupee per 10 kg

Crude in U.S. dollars per barrel

($ 1 = 3.8130 ringgit)

(Reporting by Fergus Jensen; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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