Wednesday, December 5, 2012

20121205 1644 Palm Oil Related News.

Reuters Survey :
Malaysia Oct 2012 Crude Palm Oil
- Exports seen down 3.3% at 1.70 million tonnes from Oct 2012
- Stocks seen up 2.8% at 2.58 million tonnes from Oct 2012
- Output seen down 5% at 1.84 million tonnes from Oct 2012

PREVIEW-Malaysia Nov palm oil stocks likely hit record high 0#FCPO: - RTRS
05-Dec-2012 15:53
WHAT: Malaysia's November palm oil stocks, output and exports data WHEN: Dec 10, after 0430 GMT Stocks may fall from record in December
By Niluksi Koswanage
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Malaysian palm oil stocks likely hit another record high in November as exports failed to keep pace with output, a Reuters survey of five plantation firms showed on Wednesday, potentially weighing on prices.
Inventory in the world's No.2 palm oil producer may have grown 2.8 percent to 2.58 million tonnes from a previous record of 2.51 million tonnes seen in October as output stayed high despite a slight weakening in yields, according to the poll.
Malaysia's palm oil output in November may have dropped 5 percent to 1.84 million tonnes from a month ago as heavy rains disrupted some harvesting and yields tapered off after months of strong growth.
But that was still enough to offset exports at 1.70 million tonnes, down 3.3 percent from a month ago as there was a lack of vessels to transport the tropical oil to big consumers in India, China and Europe.
Imports of crude palm oil from top producer Indonesia likely surged more than two fold to 50,000 tonnes in November, from 19,102 tonnes the month before, as Malaysian refiners took advantage of lower Indonesian prices to stock up.

In December, Malaysian palm oil firms holding tax free export quota for the crude grade will be rushing to push out shipments before the allocations expire in end-December.
That means Malaysian stocks are unlikely to hit 3 million tonnes by end-2012 as forecast by industry analyst Dorab Mistry. (Full Story)
It also means there could be a stock drawdown in December, the first monthly drop since June this year, giving much needed support to palm oil futures 0#FCPO: that are set to post their weakest yearly performance since the financial crisis in 2008.
The benchmark February contract FCPOc3 on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange has shed about 27 percent so far this year, while in 2008 it dropped 44 percent. POI/
Malaysia this month is also set to announce its crude palm oil export tax for January 2013, expected to be lower than the current 23 percent duty. Lower export taxes for the grade are likely to boost shipments, further eating into stocks.
Another factor to watch would be Chinese buying.
Buyers from China, the world's second largest importer of palm oil, are likely to snap up refined palm oil cargoes before stricter quality measures set by Beijing take effect on Jan. 1. (Full Story)
Malaysian output is expected to decline further as seasonally heavy rains towards the end of the year disrupt harvesting and trigger floods that complicate logistics.
Breakdown of November estimates (in tonnes):

                        Range                 Median*          

  Production      1,822,124 - 1,870,000     1,841,509          
  Exports         1,600,000 - 1,705,310     1,700,000          

  Imports            22,922 - 100,000          50,000        
  Closing stocks  2,528,000 - 2,625,000     2,580,000      
 * Median for closing stocks based on estimated exports of
1,686,000 tonnes and domestic consumption of 120,153 tonnes
subtracted from 4,400,153 tonnes, the total of November's
estimated production, imports and official opening stocks.

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