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Rubber Drops to Two-Month Low as European Turmoil Boosts Yen

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Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Rubber fell for a seventh day and reached the lowest level since December amid concern that European turmoil may slow the global recovery and boost Japan’s currency as a haven, cutting the appeal of yen-based contracts.

The contract for delivery in August on the Tokyo Commodity Exchange lost 0.6 percent to 288.2 yen a kilogram ($3,141 a metric ton), the lowest settlement since Dec. 21. Futures have lost 4.7 percent this year.

The yen climbed 0.2 percent to 91.77 per dollar, strengthening from 94.77 reached Feb. 25, the weakest level in almost three years. Italy will sell bonds today after the nation’s inconclusive elections sparked the biggest advance in sovereign yields in 14 months, raising concerns the region’s debt-crisis may return.

“Optimism about global recovery is receding, sapping investor appetite for rubber,” Hideshi Matsunaga, an analyst at broker ACE Koeki Co. in Tokyo, said by phone today.

The contract for September delivery on the Shanghai Futures Exchange added 1.5 percent to close at 24,515 yuan ($3,937) a ton. Inventories in China, the world’s largest consumer, monitored by the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose by 2,401 tons to 102,416 tons last week, the highest level since March 2010, according to data from the bourse.

Thai rubber free-on-board declined 1.1 percent to 88.70 baht ($2.97) a kilogram today, according to the Rubber Research Institute of Thailand.

To contact the reporter on this story: Aya Takada in Tokyo at atakada2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Brett Miller at bmiller30@bloomberg.net