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Crude Oil WTI Apr '15 (CLJ15)

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Crude Oil WTI Futures Market News and Commentary

Energy Complex Settles at 1-1/2 Month Lows on Concern About Fallout from China's Coronavirus

Mar WTI crude oil (CLH20) on Wednesday closed down -1.64 (-2.81%), Mar Brent crude oil (CBH20) closed down -1.38 (-2.14%), and Mar RBOB gasoline (RBH20) closed down -0.0575 (-3.48%).

The energy complex sold off Wednesday to 1-1/2 month lows on continued concern that the spread of the deadly Chinese coronavirus will undercut energy demand. Goldman Sachs on Wednesday warned that the spread of the virus may cut global oil demand by -260,000 bpd this year. There is concern the virus may spread further as hundreds of millions of Chinese prepare to travel across the country and globally for the New Year holidays that begin this Friday.

Another bearish factor for crude was the decline in the crack spread on Wednesday to a new 4-1/2 month low, which discourages refiners from purchasing crude oil to refine into gasoline.

Crude prices still have negative carry-over from Tuesday when IEA Executive Director Birol said, "the world is awash with oil, mainly coming from the U.... Read more

Contract Specifications

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Contract
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
Exchange
NYMEX
Point Value
$1,000
Margin/Maintenance
$4,125/3,750
First Notice Date
03/24/15
Expiration Date
03/20/15 (expired)

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Crude Oil WTI Apr '15
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Apr Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jan 14, 2020

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Commercials - Long / Short
687,440 (-42,666)
1,251,772 (-76,259)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
610,444 (-28,565)
80,132 (+8,395)
Producers - Long / Short
394,095 (-33,707)
395,926 (-58,934)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
138,293 (-57)
700,794 (-8,423)
Managed Money - Long / Short
285,931 (-54,304)
48,882 (+19,174)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
324,513 (+25,739)
31,250 (-10,779)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
42.03 +8.78%
on 03/18/15
52.40 -12.75%
on 03/05/15
-5.09 (-10.02%)
since 02/20/15
3-Month
42.03 +8.78%
on 03/18/15
59.21 -22.78%
on 12/22/14
-12.14 (-20.98%)
since 12/19/14
52-Week
42.03 +8.78%
on 03/18/15
99.53 -54.06%
on 07/01/14
-44.17 (-49.14%)
since 03/20/14

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Barchart Technical Opinion

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 72% Sell with a Weakest 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 48.41
1st Resistance Point 47.06
Last Price 45.72s
1st Support Level 43.84
2nd Support Level 41.97

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52-Week High 99.53
Fibonacci 61.8% 77.56
Fibonacci 50% 70.78
Fibonacci 38.2% 63.99
Last Price 45.72s
52-Week Low 42.03

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