• 17 December, 2018
    Short reprieve for oil palm planters in 2019
    This has not been a very good year for Malaysian planters. Not only did weaker demand drive the domestic palm oil stockpile to hit record highs and prices to multi-year lows, there were also the external noises to deal with, such as the anti-palm oil campaigns in the West. With production of the edible oil easing this month due to the monsoon season and a pickup in demand given the widening price disparity between palm oil and soybean oil, a reprieve for the embattled palm oil producers could be on the cards going into the first quarter of next year, analysts said, but it could be short-lived.
  • 14 December, 2018
    Malaysian palm oil/Vegoils: Market factors to watch Friday Dec 14
    Malaysian palm oil futures rose on Thursday, helped by steady crude oil prices and a broad improvement in global market sentiment. U.S. soybean futures fell to a one-week low on Thursday as confirmation of a 1.13 million-tonne U.S. soybean sale to China failed to impress traders who are shifting their focus to burdensome U.S. and global supplies, analysts said.
  • 14 December, 2018
    Use more palm oil, Kok tells Malaysians
    The Primary Industries Mi­­nistry will embark on a campaign to promote palm oil among Malay­sians, said its minister Teresa Kok. She said many Malaysian consumers preferred to use canola, sunflower and soy oil imported from Europe instead of Malaysian palm oil. “As Malaysians, if we don’t appreciate local products, how are we going to export it? We want it to be sold in the United States, China and Europe.
  • 13 December, 2018
    Malaysian palm oil price higher tracking gains in soyoil
    Malaysian palm oil futures ended higher on Wednesday, buoyed by gains in soyoil on the U.S. Chicago Board of Trade after President Donald Trump said China was back in the market buying U.S. beans. Trump said on Tuesday that China was buying a "tremendous amount" of U.S. soybeans and that trade talks with Beijing were already underway by telephone, with more meetings likely among U.S. and Chinese officials.
  • 12 December, 2018
    Malaysian palm oil price drops over 1pct on expectation of higher Dec stocks
    Malaysian palm oil futures fell more than 1 percent on Tuesday evening, erasing most of the previous session's sharp gains, as falls in crude oil prices and expectations of higher inventories of the vegetable oil in December weighed on the market. The benchmark palm oil contract for February delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange was down 1.3 percent at 2,015 ringgit ($483.91) a tonne at the close of trade, after declining as much as 2 percent to 2,001 ringgit earlier in the session. The declines were its sharpest daily levels in a week.
  • 7 December, 2018
    Kok: All states agree to stop oil palm expansion
    The Sabah and Sarawak state governments have agreed with the federal government to stop expansion of oil palm area in the country, said Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok. “Land matters come under the purview of state governments,” she told reporters after officiating the ‘Certified Sustainable Palm Oil Forum: Moving Forward with MSPO Timeline of 2019’ organised by the Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council here today.
  • 7 December, 2018
    Malaysian palm oil price rebounds from one-week low
    Malaysian palm oil futures recovered from a one-week low hit earlier on Thursday as traders forecast slowing output amid some short-covering. The benchmark palm oil contract for February delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange rose 0.5 percent at 2,005 ringgit ($481.74) a tonne at the close. It earlier dropped to 1,979 ringgit, its lowest since Nov. 28, tracking weakness in other related edible oils and crude.
  • 6 December, 2018
    Indonesia palm oil levy to kick in at US$570/T — finance ministry
    Indonesia has eased rules on palm oil levies and derivative products following a drop in prices, according to a finance ministry regulation on a government website on Wednesday, an effort to make the nation's palm oil exports more competitive. The world's top exporter of palm oil will not collect levies from palm exporters when prices are below a threshold of US$570 per tonne, but will charge US$10-US$25 a tonne, once prices are in a range of US$570-US$619 per tonne. The levy will rise to US$20-US$50, when prices hit above US$619 per tonne.
  • 6 December, 2018
    Sarawak to help tackle campaign against palm oil
    The Sarawak government will contribute to the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) Research Fund as part of efforts to tackle negative campaigns against Sarawak’s oil palm. Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said through the contribution, it is hoped that the scientists would be able to come up with stronger scientific evidence the value of Sarawak’s oil palm. “The government is going to contribute to the MPOB Research Fund in order to reach out to more scientists around the world to come up with more stronger scientific evidence on the value of our oil palm in terms of nutrition and so on.
  • 6 December, 2018
    Malaysia's Nov palm oil stocks seen at 3 mil tonnes
    Malaysia's palm oil stocks at end-November are likely to touch the 3-million-tonne mark, their highest in recent years, as the drop in exports outweighed leaner production, according to a Reuters survey. Based on the median estimate of eight planters, traders and analysts, stockpiles are expected to jump 10.8% from the previous month to 3 million tonnes, their strongest levels in nearly 18 years, according to Refinitiv data.