Commodities

Spot rubber ends higher

Aravindan Kottayam | Updated on January 10, 2020 Published on January 10, 2020

Spot rubber finished higher on Friday. RSS 4 improved further to Rs 133.50 (132.50) per kg, according to traders and the Rubber Board. The grade was quoted firm at Rs 129.50 (128.50) per kg by dealers. The trend was partially mixed as latex closed unchanged following a decline in demand.

"Higher oil prices and the resultant depreciation of the Indian rupee can make imports more expensive for the Indian tyre manufacturing industry. This can make domestic sourcing of natural rubber the preferred choice over imports," said Jom Jacob, Senior Economist, Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC). "But If the local market is unable to meet the requirement of the tyre industry, then it may go for imports, regardless of the price," he added.

In futures, the January contracts improved to Rs 138.34 (138.12) and February to Rs 139.57 (139.30) per kg, while the March contracts slid to Rs 141.25 (141.42) per kg on the Indian Commodity Exchange (ICEX). The near month January futures was up by 0.16 per cent with a volume of 38 lots and a total trade value of 52.48 lakh.

RSS 3 (spot) inched up to Rs 116.33 (116.13) per kg at Bangkok. The January futures weakened to Rs 113.98 (115.17), February to Rs 116.44 (117.45) and March to Rs 122.20 (122.67) per kg on the Tokyo Commodity Exchange (TOCOM).

Spot rubber rates (Rs/kg) were:

RSS-4: 133.50 (132.50)

RSS-5: 128.00 (127.00)

ISNR 20: 114.00 (113.50)

and

Latex (60% drc): 85.50 (85.50)

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Published on January 10, 2020
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