VEGOILS-Market factors to watch Dec 16

Reuters

The following factors are likely to influence Malaysian palm oil futures and

other vegetable oil markets.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Malaysian palm oil futures dropped to their lowest in more than three weeks

on Friday, stretching losses into a fifth straight session, as weakness in

competing soy markets stoked worries of a shift in demand from the tropical

oil.

* U.S. corn futures fell 2 percent on Friday, their biggest single-day drop in

nearly a month, on concerns about U.S. sales to China, a proposal to eliminate

the U.S. ethanol mandate and the big global stockpile of the feed grain.

* U.S. crude futures fell on Friday on expectations the Federal Reserve could

announce a pullback of its bond-buying program as early as next week.

MARKET NEWS

* The U.S. dollar hovered near a five-year high against the yen and rose against

the euro on Friday, while global equity indexes slipped on growing concerns the

U.S. Federal Reserve could surprise investors by scaling back its stimulus as

early as next week.

* Natural gas fell on Friday for the first time in five days with investors

taking profits on a rally driven by frigid weather in the United States. U.S.

crude oil slipped too, pushing the commodities complex lower.

RELATED NEWS

> Vilsack, U.S. grain trade officials head to China for talks

> Three Chinese men charged with stealing U.S. seed technology

> Argentina soy trade stilled again by bean hoarding

> NOPA November U.S. soy crush seen at 161.3 million bushels

DATA/EVENTS

> Cargo surveyors Intertek Testing Services and Societe Generale de Surveillance

will release Malaysia's Dec. 1-15 palm oil export data on Dec. 16.

Palm, soy and crude oil prices at 0042 GMT

Contract Month Last Change Low High Volume

CBOT SOY OIL JAN4 39.90 +0.00 0.00 0.00 0

NYMEX CRUDE JAN4 96.72 +0.12 96.55 96.80 1401

CBOT soy oil in U.S. cents per pound

Crude in U.S. dollars per barrel

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(Hawa Semasaba)

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