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SINGAPORE: Malaysian palm oil futures rose for a second straight session on Thursday due to stronger crude prices and costlier rival oils, although concerns over a spike in coronavirus infections in the United States capped gains.

The benchmark palm oil contract for September delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange closed 1.5% higher at 2,361 ringgit ($551.25).

Prices were supported by higher prices of crude oil and rival vegetable oils, a Kuala Lumpur based trader told Reuters.

Crude oil prices rose on Thursday as a sharp drop in oil stockpiles, making palm a more attractive option for biodiesel feedstock.

The biggest one-day spike in COVID-19 cases in the United States and reimposition of some lockdown measures in California, however, stoked worries of a halt in a recovery in fuel demand.

Elsewhere, palm's rival soyoil rallied to a near three-month high overnight on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) on concerns that hot and dry weather could stress crops and reduce yield potential. It was last up 0.5%.

Meanwhile, Dalian's most-active soyoil contract rose 1.8%, while its palm oil contract was up 1.3%.

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