We Tan, Marketing Manager of Shanghai Reascent Industrial, said rubber commodities are trying to break into a technical bullish trend.

Today's rubber prices are falling despite a weaker yen performance following the Bank of Japan's (BOJ) decision to leave its monetary stimulus unchanged. The Japanese yen weakened 0.04 percent to 111.95 (per US dollar) at 7:45 am local Jakarta time on Friday morning, after appreciating 0.05 percent on the previous trading day.

On the other hand, cooperation between Thai rubber authorities and five exporters that will reportedly start buying rubber from the local market next week will help to stabilize prices.

Crude Oil Price

World crude oil prices ended lower on Thursday (Friday morning Indonesian time zone) as investors await the meeting of the world's top oil producers in Russia next week. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) light sweet crude for August delivery fell by USD $0.33 a barrel, to end at USD $46.79 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Brent crude oil, for September contract, fell to USD $49.30 a barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange. However, Brent did strengthen momentarily above USD $50 a barrel for the first time since 7 June 2017. This may have encouraged some profit taking.

On Wednesday (19/07), the US Energy Administration Agency reported crude inventories fell 4.73 million barrels last week, while total crude oil and national product inventories fell 10.2 million barrels to 1.32 billion barrels, the lowest level since December. Meanwhile, US crude production is reportedly at its highest level since July 2015.

Senior Analyst at the Price Futures Group, Phil Flynn, said there exists pessimism that the global market will achieve balanced conditions between supply and demand. It will be interesting to see whether OPEC can convince the market that it is reaching equilibrium with sliding reserves.

Meanwhile, Europe's benchmark Brent North Sea crude for September delivery fell USD $0.40 to close at USD $49.30 per barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange.

Coal Price

The price of coal rebounded in late trading on Thursday (20/07), in line with the expected tightening of coal supplies in China. On Thursday's trade, coal prices for October 2018 contracts, the most-active contract on the Rotterdam commodities exchange, rose 0.63 percent to USD $71.45 per metric ton.

According to Jiang Zhimin, Deputy Chief of the China National Coal Association, there is the possibility of tightening coal supplies in some areas of China in the second half of this year due to resource restrictions and transport. He added that the supply and demand of China's national coal will basically remain balanced in the second half. He also called for Chinese coal firms to remain disciplined in terms of capacity cuts.