Palm dips as worries of new Covid-19 cases drag sentiment

The benchmark palm oil contract for September delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange dropped to 2,346 ringgit a tonne.

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Weaker crude oil futures make palm a less attractive option for biodiesel feedstock.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian palm oil futures fell 0.42% on Wednesday, as concerns over rising new coronavirus infections weighed on investors' mood.

The benchmark palm oil contract for September delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange dropped to 2,346 ringgit a tonne by 0256 GMT.

Palm oil futures ended higher on Tuesday, helped by expectations of importers stocking up on the commodity in case of further coronavirus-led lockdowns and a recovery in prices of rival oils.


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Oil prices retreated on Wednesday, weighed down by an increase in U.S. crude inventories and worries about a potential second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Weaker crude oil futures make palm a less attractive option for biodiesel feedstock.
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Dalian's most-active soyoil contract lost 0.14%, while its palm oil contract rose 1.13%. Soyoil prices on the Chicago Board of Trade shed 0.5%.

Palm oil is affected by price movements in related oils as they compete for a share in the global vegetable oils market.

Palm oil may end its bounce around a resistance at 2,388 ringgit per tonne, and then resume its drop, Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao said.

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