Malaysian palm oil futures fell slightly on Thursday, tracking weakness in rival soyoils, although losses were capped by a weaker ringgit and stronger crude oil.
The benchmark palm oil contract for July delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange slid 5 ringgit, or 0.25%, to 2,027 ringgit ($467.81) per tonne by 0249 GMT, after gaining 1.9% in the previous session.
Oil prices crept up, supported by a surprise decline of U.S. crude inventories, but gains were capped by worries that a potential second wave of the coronavirus pandemic might trigger fresh lockdowns and slam fuel demand once again.
Stronger crude oil futures make palm a more attractive option for biodiesel feedstock.
The ringgit, palm’s currency of trade, weakened 0.12% against the dollar, making the edible oil cheaper for holders of foreign currency.
Stockpiles in Malaysia, the world’s second-largest palm producer, rose 18.3% from March to 2.05 million tonnes in April, the highest since December 2019.
Dalian’s most-active soyoil contract fell 0.75%, while its palm oil contract dipped 0.09%. Soyoil prices on the Chicago Board of Trade were down 0.5%.
Palm oil is affected by price movements in related oils as they compete for a share in the global vegetable oils market.