TOKYO—After sharp declines earlier in the month, natural rubber futures gained on all major exchanges during the trading week ended March 31.
Natural rubber futures return to upward trend
In Osaka, Japan, OSE NR futures prices rose 2.7 percent, while China's SHFE and INE exchanges posted increases of 2.0 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively, Japan's JPX reported.
Singapore's SICOM exchange, meanwhile, saw NR futures gain 2.2 percent amid active trading, JPX added in its weekly report, issued April 3.
In general, the positive pricing trend was linked to a rally of other commodity prices, including crude oil, the Tokyo-based trading exchange said.
Also contributing to the uptick was "a moderate U.S. dollar" and strong recovery in global equities based on "an optimistic perspective on the recent banking turmoil."
JPX also predicted that NR prices would likely "move within a tight trading range, without any clear direction over the short-term."
The improved market sentiment, it noted, was reflected in speculative short-covering transactions ahead of an upcoming holiday break in China.
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