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Crude Oil WTI Mar '16 (CLH16)

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Crude Oil WTI Futures Market News and Commentary

Energy Complex Closes Higher on Optimism about US/China Trade Deal

Jan WTI crude oil (CLF20) on Thursday closed up +0.42 (+0.71%), Feb Brent crude oil (CBG20) closed up +0.48 (+0.80%), and Jan RBOB gasoline (RBF20) closed up +0.0022 (+0.14%).

The energy complex moved higher Thursday on trade optimism after President Trump said that a trade deal with China is very close.

U.S. stock indexes rallied to new record highs Thursday, which shows confidence in the economic outlook and is positive for energy demand, after President Trump tweeted Thursday morning that the U.S. is "very close to a big deal" with China. Optimism improved further after Dow Jones reported that U.S. trade negotiators have offered to cut existing tariff rates by up to 50% on $360 billion of Chinese imports and have also offered to cancel new China tariffs set to take effect Dec 15. Reports then emerged in the afternoon that a trade deal is done and is only awaiting President Trump's approval.

The energy complex also found support Thursday after the ECB raised i... Read more

Contract Specifications

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Crude Oil West Texas Intermediate
Contract Size
1,000 U.S. barrels (42,000 gallons)
Tick Size
1 cent per barrel ($10.00 per contract)
Trading Hours
5:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. (Sun-Fri) (RTH 8:00a.m. - 1:30p.m.) (Settles 1:30p.m.) CST
Point Value
First Notice Date
Expiration Date
02/22/16 (expired)

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Crude Oil WTI Mar '16
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Mar Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Dec 3, 2019

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Commercials - Long / Short
769,453 (+18,786)
1,207,163 (-18,280)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
531,120 (-22,617)
103,085 (+20,284)
Producers - Long / Short
472,745 (+4,097)
483,558 (-2,867)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
130,867 (+6,943)
557,764 (-23,159)
Managed Money - Long / Short
214,170 (-30,798)
62,981 (+27,200)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
316,950 (+8,181)
40,104 (-6,916)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
26.05 +20.84%
on 02/11/16
34.82 -9.59%
on 01/28/16
-0.71 (-2.21%)
since 01/22/16
26.05 +20.84%
on 02/11/16
45.93 -31.46%
on 11/24/15
-12.75 (-28.83%)
since 11/20/15
26.05 +20.84%
on 02/11/16
65.61 -52.02%
on 05/06/15
-28.71 (-47.70%)
since 02/20/15

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Barchart Technical Opinion

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 16% Sell with a Average short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

Long term indicators fully support a continuation of the trend.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 33.57
1st Resistance Point 32.53
Last Price 31.48s
1st Support Level 29.96
2nd Support Level 28.43

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52-Week High 65.61
Fibonacci 61.8% 50.50
Fibonacci 50% 45.83
Fibonacci 38.2% 41.16
Last Price 31.48s
52-Week Low 26.05

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