KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian palm oil futures fell more than 1% on Friday, weighed by weaker Dalian and Chicago soyoil prices, although the contract posted a weekly gain helped by concerns around tight global edible oil supplies.
The benchmark palm oil contract for November delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange slid 63 ringgit, or 1.43%, to 4,329 ringgit ($1,033.67) a tonne.
For the week, it is up 1.5%, rebounding from the previous week’s sharp decline.
Weekend profit-taking also took a bite from this week’s gains, said Sathia Varqa, co-founder of Singapore-based Palm Oil Analytics.
Top producer Indonesia set its crude palm oil export reference price 13% higher in September, Musdhalifah Machmud, the deputy minister for food and agriculture, told Reuters.
That implies a jump in its export tax from $93 per tonne in August to $166 in September. Export levies, however, remained the same at $175 per tonne.
“Higher Indonesian tax for September shipment was widely expected and priced in earlier,” Varqa said.
“With elevated cash and futures prices, Malaysia prices are unlikely to rise higher ahead of August supply and demand estimate next week.”
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Dalian’s most-active soyoil contract fell 0.9%, while its palm oil contract eased 0.9%. Soyoil prices on the Chicago Board of Trade were down 2.1%.