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Benchmark Malay Bursa palm oil futures went down another notch in the past week to fresh two-year lows amid stubbornly slow demand.
Rapeseed markets continued under pressure for much of the week from a slumping soy complex weighing on oil values and crush margins.
Fears of lost Chinese demand saw CBOT soybeans in virtual free-fall for much of this week, the front month approaching lowest levels in almost a decade.
Sustained reports of stellar US crop development this week combined with fears of a meltdown in US farm trade to China to drive CBOT corn futures to their lowest level since early December.
Reports of better harvest weather in Brazil and hopes of more normal transport with the country’s fading trucking dispute raised prospects of better flows to market, keeping New York futures on the back foot for most of this week.
Cocoa prices moved erratically this week as some analysts fed renewed West African crop concerns into the market while others tried to guess the next move by the all-powerful funds – sellers or buyers?