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Crude Oil Brent Mar '16 (CBH16)

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Crude Oil Brent Futures Market News and Commentary

Crude Oil Settles at a 1-Week High on Economic Optimism and a Decline in Active Oil Rigs

Aug WTI crude oil (CLQ20) on Thursday closed up +0.83 (+2.08%) at $40.65, Sep Brent crude oil (CBU20) closed up +1.11 (+2.60%) at $43.14, and Aug RBOB gasoline (RBQ20) closed up +0.0423 (+3.48%).

The energy complex on Thursday rallied to 1-week highs and settled higher. Crude prices on Thursday opened higher on strength in the monthly U.S. payroll report, which was positive for economic growth and energy demand. Crude oil prices extended their gains Thursday afternoon on a decline in active U.S. oil rigs.

Thursday's U.S. monthly payroll report was supportive of economic growth and energy demand after Jun non-farm payrolls rose +4.8 million, stronger than expectations of +3.23 million, and the largest increase since the data began in 1939. Also, the Jun unemployment rate fell -2.2 to 11.1%, showing a stronger labor market than expectations of 12.5%.

Comments on Thursday from Russian Energy Minister Novak were supportive for crude prices when he said the global oi... Read more

Contract Specifications

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Contract
Brent Crude Oil
Contract Size
42,000 U.S. Gallons
Tick Size
1 cent per barrel ($10.00 per contract)
Trading Hours
8:00p.m. - 6:00p.m. (EST)
Exchange
ICE/EU
Point Value
$1,000
Margin/Maintenance
$8,250/7,500
First Notice Date
02/12/16
Expiration Date
01/29/16 (expired)

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Crude Oil Brent Mar '16
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
27.10 +28.19%
on 01/20/16
39.30 -11.60%
on 01/04/16
-3.48 (-9.11%)
since 12/29/15
3-Month
27.10 +28.19%
on 01/20/16
53.09 -34.56%
on 11/03/15
-16.29 (-31.92%)
since 10/29/15
52-Week
27.10 +28.19%
on 01/20/16
73.21 -52.55%
on 05/06/15
-25.04 (-41.89%)
since 01/29/15

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 35.85
1st Resistance Point 35.30
Last Price 34.74s
1st Support Level 33.89
2nd Support Level 33.03

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52-Week High 73.21
Fibonacci 61.8% 55.60
Fibonacci 50% 50.15
Fibonacci 38.2% 44.71
Last Price 34.74s
52-Week Low 27.10

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