By Vibhuti Agarwal

Asian rubber future prices ended Friday's session lower under stress from a stronger yen versus the U.S. dollar.

Losses in Shanghai rubber futures as the yuan strengthened against the dollar also hit rubber prices.

The most-active rubber contract on the Shanghai futures exchange for May delivery fell 310 yuan to settle at 18,015 yuan ($2,603) a metric ton.

The Tokyo Commodity Exchange rubber contract for June delivery ended Y5.6 lower at Y267.5 ($2.31) a kilogram.

Market activity is expected to slow this month ahead of the closing of Chinese markets for an extended period for the Lunar New Year holiday starting in late January, traders said.

Asian Rubber Futures

Jan 06Change from previous close

Tocom Jun RSS3 Y267.5/Kg Down Y5.6

Shanghai May SCR5 CNY18,015/ton Down CNY310

Sicom Feb RSS3 223.0 US cents/Kg Up 0.2 US cents/Kg

Sicom Apr TSR20 197.5 US cents/Kg Down 4.5 US cents/Kg

USS Jan THB74.51-THB75.35/Kg THB73.59-THB74.34/Kg

By Vibhuti Agarwal at vibhuti.agarwal@wsj.com

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

January 06, 2017 06:05 ET (11:05 GMT)

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