KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian palm oil futures recovered late on Tuesday, tracking stronger soyoil prices after hitting their lowest level in nearly four months earlier in the day.
Benchmark palm oil futures for May on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange ended the session 0.6 percent higher at 2,770 ringgits ($624) a tonne.
Earlier, they fell to 2,723 ringgits, their weakest level since Nov. 2. Palm has posted two consecutive weeks of declines, shedding 8.6 percent as output is seen rising and export demand remains weak.
Traded volumes stood at 80,222 lots of 25 tonnes each. Traders in Kuala Lumpur said the market was tracking stronger soyoil on the Chicago Board of Trade and one said the market would probably be stuck in a range for the next few days in the absence of any bullish signals.
Palm oil shipments from Malaysia, the world's second-largest palm oil producer after Indonesia, fell between 12 percent and 14.2 percent in February from a month earlier, according to data from cargo surveyors on Tuesday.
Output is expected to rise from now and through the second quarter of the year, following a recovery in fresh fruit yields.
The El Nino weather pattern hit production in late 2015 and 2016 but analysts forecast its impact would wear off this year.
In related vegetable oils, soybean oil on the Chicago Board of Trade was up 0.4 percent while the soybean oil contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange fell 0.4 percent.
The May contract for palm olein on the Dalian Commodity Exchange was down 0.8 percent.
Palm prices are affected by movements of related edible oils as they compete for a share of the global vegetable oils market. - Reuters