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Dairy product prices up 1.1% in GDT auction

Prices of dairy products rose in Fonterra's latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, the third straight increase since a drop in early December, led by whole milk powder and anhydrous milk fat.

The GDT-TWI Price Index rose 1.1 percent compared to the last sale two weeks ago. The average winning price rose to US$3,442 a metric tonne.

Whole milk powder, the biggest product by volume, was up to 2.8 percent on the average of all contracts offered to $US3288 a tonne and AMF rose 2.4 percent to $US3253.

The sale comes ahead of next Monday's debut inclusion of the Fonterra Shareholders' Fund in the NZX 50 Index. The units have been climbing in anticipation of that event, up from $7.31 to $7.49 since last week's announcement, closing yesterday at a record $7.49.

Today's sales give unitholders an update on global pricing of Fonterra's products and may be reflected in the units when they resume trading today on the NZX and ASX.

The total volume sold was 40,418 tonnes from 45,252 tonnes a fortnight ago.

There were significant falls in prices for butter milk powder, down 6.5 percent to $US3405 per tonne, and milk protein concentrate, down 2 percent to $US5995 per tonne.

Rennet casein rose 0.8 percent to $US8479 a tonne and cheddar was up 0.9 percent to $US3496 a tonne. Skim milk powder fell 0.3 percent to $US3552 a tonne.

There were 144 winning bidders over 12 rounds. There were 202 participating bidders out of a total number of qualified bidders of 748.


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