KUALA LUMPUR: The crude palm oil (CPO) futures contract on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives ended lower for the sixth consecutive day today on subdued demand due to weak market sentiment.
"(The benchmark) CPO plunged below RM4,500 a tonne today, the lowest for this year as bearish sentiment continues to grip the market.
"Losses in the soya bean oil market during Asian hours also exacerbated the situation. The prospects of higher supply coming into the market continue to pressure the market," palm oil trader David Ng told Bernama.
He said the support level is now located at RM4,200 a tonne while resistance is at RM5,000 a tonne.
Another dealer said concerns over the production season coupled with weak export figures for the first 20 days of this month also weighed on sentiment.
At the close, the CPO futures contract for the spot month of July 2022 fell RM522 to RM4,688 a tonne, August 2022 decreased RM499 to RM4,566 a tonne, the benchmark September 2022 lost RM481 to RM4,499 a tonne and October 2022 declined RM471 to RM4,469 a tonne. ,
Total volume increased to 91,898 lots today from 84,565 lots on Tuesday while open interest widened to 310,218 contracts from 295,727 contracts yesterday.
The physical CPO price for July South contracted by RM300 to RM5,000 a tonne.