On the Shanghai Futures Exchange, prices for RU1805 – the most heavily traded NR future – stood at Yuan14,105/tonne on 29 Dec.
This was significantly lower the Yuan14,525/tonne recorded at the beginning of the last month.
Overall, though, RSS3 prices registered a month-on-month improvement on the Tokyo exchange – up from ¥199.5/kg on 30 Nov.
In Bangkok, spot prices for RSS1 grades on 14 Dec stood at at $163.25/100kg, 17% up compared to 160.40/100kg on 30 Nov
Prices were only available up to 14 Dec for the Thai futures exchange, with RSS3 closing at 159.70/100kg, 18% up from $156.85 at the end of Nov.
In Kuala Lumpur, prices for SMR-20 were up 6% at $145.25/100kg on 29 Dec, compared to end of November, although they dropped from a high of $147.30/100kg on 27 Dec.
Latex performed less well in KL, closing 2.7% down at 115.60/kg on 29 Dec, compared to $118.90/100kg on 30 Nov.
In addition, the beginning of wintering season and the subsequent lower production levels could also help to push up prices.