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Crude Oil WTI Apr '18 (CLJ18)

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Crude Oil WTI Futures Market News and Commentary

Crude and Gasoline Market News and Commentary

Feb WTI crude oil (CLG19) on Tuesday closed up +$1.60 (+3.17%) per barrel and Mar Brent crude (CBH19) closed up +$1.65 (+2.80%). Feb RBOB gasoline (RBG19) closed up +4.76 cents per gallon (+3.49%). The energy complex moved sharply higher Tuesday on signs that China, the world's second-biggest crude consumer, is stepping up efforts to boost domestic growth after senior Chinese government officials pledged to cut taxes "on a large scale" to help support its slowing economy. Another bullish factor for crude is the consensus for Wednesday's weekly EIA crude inventories to fall by -2.5 million bbl. In addition, Brian Hook, the U.S. State Department special representative to Iran, said the U.S. plans to grant no new waivers to buyers of Iranian oil as the U.S. intensifies its efforts to block Iran's crude exports. The energy complex maintained its gains after the API reported late Tuesday that U.S. crude inventories fell -560,000 bbl last week. On the negative side was a rally in the dollar index to a 1-week high and signs of slowdown in U.S. economic momentum that is negative for energy demand after the Jan Empire manufacturing index fell by -7.6 points to a 1-1/2 year low of 3.9.

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.) CST
Exchange
NYMEX
Point Value
$1,000
Margin/Maintenance
$4,702/4,275
First Notice Date
03/22/18
Expiration Date
03/20/18 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

Crude Oil WTI Apr '18
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Apr Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Dec 18, 2018

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Commercials - Long / Short
820,153 (+18,950)
1,154,438 (+22,283)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
502,715 (-1,869)
193,107 (-1,971)
Producers - Long / Short
495,670 (+27,814)
478,536 (+28,660)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
151,655 (-2,047)
503,074 (+440)
Managed Money - Long / Short
195,923 (-11,064)
128,627 (+16,280)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
306,792 (+9,195)
64,480 (-18,251)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
59.95 +5.75%
on 03/08/18
64.24 -1.31%
on 02/26/18
+1.61 (+2.61%)
since 02/20/18
3-Month
57.69 +9.90%
on 12/21/17
66.39 -4.50%
on 01/25/18
+5.29 (+9.10%)
since 12/20/17
52-Week
44.17 +43.54%
on 06/21/17
66.39 -4.50%
on 01/25/18
+13.07 (+25.97%)
since 03/20/17

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Barchart Technical Opinion

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 48% Buy with a Strongest short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

Longer term, the trend strength is Average. Long term indicators fully support a continuation of the trend.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 64.83
1st Resistance Point 64.11
Last Price 63.40s
1st Support Level 62.38
2nd Support Level 61.37

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52-Week High 66.39
Last Price 63.40s
Fibonacci 61.8% 57.90
Fibonacci 50% 55.28
Fibonacci 38.2% 52.66
52-Week Low 44.17

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