Palm jumps to record high

February 22, 2022: Malaysian palm oil futures scaled an all-time high on Tuesday, extending gains to a fourth session, as threats of a Russia- Ukraine war lifted crude prices and boosted the appeal of tropical oil as a more attractive biodiesel feedstock option.

The benchmark palm oil contract FCPOc3 for May delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange rose 101 ringgit, or 1.78%, to 5,776 ringgit ($1,380.17) a tonne in early trade.

The spot contract climbed to an all-time high of 6,272 ringgit as investors priced in tightening supply following an upsurge in early February exports.

FUNDAMENTALS

Oil prices jumped more than $2 to a fresh seven-year high after Moscow ordered troops into two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, escalating a crisis that western leaders have warned could spark a war. O/R

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have also stoked worries over sunflower oil shipments from the Black Sea region, Refinitiv Agriculture Research said in a note on Monday.

Dalian's most-active soyoil contract DBYcv1 rose 1.6%, while its palm oil contract DCPcv1 jumped 2.3%. Soyoil prices on the Chicago Board of Trade BOcv1 were up 1.5%.

Exports of Malaysian palm oil products for Feb. 1-20 rose 30.5% from the same period in January, cargo surveyor Societe Generale de Surveillance said.

Palm oil may test a resistance zone of 5,794-5,868 ringgit per tonne, a break above which could lead to a gain to 5,986 ringgit, Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao said. 

MARKET NEWS

Oil jumped to a seven-year high, safe-havens rallied and U.S. stock futures dived as Europe's eastern flank stood on the brink of war after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops into breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine. 

Reuters

Posted on: 2022-02-22T09:14:37+05:00

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