TOKYO - Rubber advanced to a record amid speculation that China may increase purchases to replenish stockpiles before the low-production period begins in major growing areas in Thailand. The Thai cash price also climbed to an all-time high.
The July-delivery contract climbed as much as 1.2 percent to 520 yen a kilogram ($6,247 a ton) before settling at 518.7 yen on the Tokyo Commodity Exchange. The most-active contract has advanced 25 percent this year, extending the 50 percent rally in 2010.
Natural-rubber inventories monitored by the Shanghai Futures Exchange declined 615 tons to 58,058 tons, based on a survey of 10 warehouses in Shanghai, Shandong, Yunnan, Hainan and Tianjin, the bourse said on Friday.