By Vibhuti Agarwal

Benchmark Tokyo rubber futures ended weaker Friday on profit taking, after hitting their highest in nearly four years a day earlier.

"Players took profit ahead of the weekend," said Kaname Gokon, an analyst at Okato Shoji broekerage in Tokyo.

But prices could recover as flooding in Thailand, a major producer, threatened to reduce output, he added.

The Tokyo Commodity Exchange rubber contract for June delivery ended down 5.5 yen at 293.5 yen per kilogram.

In other Asian markets, the Shanghai rubber futures ended Friday's session higher as improved vehicle sales in top-buyer China has buoyed the mood of the market.

The most active rubber contract on the Shanghai futures exchange for May delivery rose 315 yuan to settle at 20,380 yuan ($2,958) per ton.

Asian Rubber Futures

Jan 13 Change from previous close

Tocom Jun RSS3 Y293.5/Kg Down Y5.5

Shanghai May SCR5 CNY20,380/ton Up CNY315

Sicom Feb RSS3 255.0 US cents/Kg Down 4.5 US cents/Kg

Sicom May TSR20 197.5 US cents/Kg Down 2.9 US cents/Kg

USS Jan THB81.91-THB82.62/Kg THB81.37-THB81.57/Kg

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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

January 13, 2017 06:19 ET (11:19 GMT)

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