Agri Business

Rubber sector catches coronavirus

Our Correspondent Kottayam | Updated on March 31, 2020 Published on March 31, 2020

The domestic rubber futures continued to remain subdued on Tuesday. RSS-4 weakened at its April contracts to ₹116.44 (117.01) and May to ₹116.83 (117.34) a kg on the Indian Commodity Exchange (ICEX). The near-month April contracts were down by 0.49 per cent with a volume of 529 lots and total trade value of ₹618.69 lakh.

As per reports, sentiments in NR markets — both in the futures and spot — are dominated by the economic ripples from the Covid-19 outbreak and the dim prospects of the demand for NR since the last week of February. The market conditions worsened further during March reacting closely to the turbulence in global stocks and slump in crude oil prices.

Usually, the global supply remains low during February and March every year, due to the annual wintering of rubber trees. But the low supply could not evoke any positive sentiments in the markets due to the much stronger and dominant influence of the pandemic. More specifically, NR market has remained insensitive to the low supply during February and March.

RSS-3 (spot) slid to ₹101.74 (102.56) a kg at Bangkok. In futures, the April contracts declined to ₹91.31 (94.32), May to ₹93.39 (97.55) and June to ₹95.41 (96) on the Tokyo Commodity Exchange.

Spot prices were not available from March 24 following the nation-wide lockdown to prevent the further spread of the pandemic.

Published on March 31, 2020

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