1. Asian Rubber Futures End Lower

    Benchmark Tokyo rubber futures ended lower Tuesday in line with weaker Shanghai rubber futures.

    Rubber prices weren't helped by weakness in crude-oil prices that edged down because of profit-taking after a sharp rally overnight.

    Weakness in oil, the major feedstock for synthetic rubber, causes investors to worry about demand for natural rubber if synthetic rubber falls in price.

    Volumes were light with Singapore Commodity Exchange closed for a public holiday Tuesday. The market will reopen Wednesday.

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