* Malaysia palm stocks rise to new high of 3.2 mln T
* Market seen declining more in evening trade - trader
* Palm may fall to 2,150 rgt/T - technicals
(Updates with closing prices)
By Emily Chow
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Malaysian palm oil futures
declined at their sharpest daily rate in two weeks by the end of
trade on Thursday, snapping two sessions of gains, on bearish
official data on December inventories, production and exports.
The benchmark palm oil contract for March delivery
on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange fell 0.9 percent to
2,163 ringgit ($528.21) a tonne at the close of trade, its
biggest daily decline since Dec. 26 and coming off a near
three-week high it hit in the previous trading session.
It earlier fell as much as 1.5 percent to an intraday low of
Trading volumes stood at 35,351 lots of 25 tonnes each at
the end of the trading day. (1FCPO-TOT)
Data from industry regulator the Malaysian Palm Oil Board
(MPOB), released after the market paused for the midday break,
showed end-stocks rising 6.9 percent from the previous month to
3.21 million tonnes.
Inventory levels are at their highest in at least 19 years,
according to Refinitiv Eikon data. (MYPOMS-TPO)
Meanwhile, December production fell 2 percent from the
previous month to 1.81 million tonnes while exports edged up 0.6
percent from November to 1.38 million tonnes, according to MPOB
"Exports came in lower than expected and with high imports,
stocks are above our estimates, which is considered bearish,"
said a Kuala Lumpur-based trader.
Another trader also said the decline in December's
production was lower than expected.
A Reuters survey had forecast palm oil's end-December
stockpiles edging up 4.3 percent to 3.14 million tonnes, while
production was seen falling 3.6 percent to 1.78 million tonnes.
Exports were also forecast to gain 4.7 percent to 1.44 million
Palm oil may fall to 2,150 ringgit per tonne, as it failed
again to break a resistance at 2,198 ringgit, said Wang Tao, a
Reuters market analyst for commodities and energy technicals.
In other related oils, the Chicago March soybean oil
contract was down 0.03 percent, while the March soybean
oil contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange fell 0.2
Meanwhile, the Dalian January palm oil contract rose
Palm oil prices are impacted by changes in soyoil prices, as
they compete for a share in the global vegetable oil market.
Palm, soy and crude oil prices at 1050 GMT:
Contract Month Last Change Low High Volume
MY PALM OIL JAN9 2118 +14.00 2118 2118 2
MY PALM OIL FEB9 2118 -16.00 2105 2141 907
MY PALM OIL MAR9 2164 -18.00 2150 2188 15365
CHINA PALM OLEIN JAN9 4342 +50.00 4342 4390 1268
CHINA SOYOIL JAN9 0 +0.00 0 0 0
CBOT SOY OIL JAN9 28.32 +0.00 0 0 9
INDIA PALM OIL JAN9 540.20 -0.20 536.50 543.9 832
INDIA SOYOIL JAN9 761.9 +1.65 756.5 763.95 6740
NYMEX CRUDE FEB9 52.09 -0.27 51.45 52.23 173896
Palm oil prices in Malaysian ringgit per tonne
CBOT soy oil in U.S. cents per pound
Dalian soy oil and RBD palm olein in Chinese yuan per tonne
India soy oil in Indian rupee per 10 kg
Crude in U.S. dollars per barrel
($1 = 4.0950 ringgit)
($1 = 70.5200 Indian rupees)
($1 = 6.7879 Chinese yuan)
(Reporting by Emily Chow; Editing by Shreejay Sinha and David