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Crude Oil WTI Apr '20 (CLJ20)

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Crude Oil WTI Futures Market News and Commentary

Crude Slumps on Dollar Strength and Suspect Chinese Energy Demand

Mar WTI crude oil (CLH23) on Friday closed down -2.49 (-3.28%), and Mar RBOB gasoline (RBH23) closed down -13.13 (-5.35%).  

Crude oil and gasoline prices Friday sold off to 3-week lows and closed sharply lower.  A rally in the dollar index (DXY00) to a 3-week high Friday undercut energy prices.  Crude was also under pressure on signs of an uneven recovery in China, keeping the country's energy demand depressed.

An uneven recovery in China's economy from ending pandemic restrictions is negative for crude prices.  Although a surge in consumer spending last month during the Lunar New Year holiday spurred optimism about China's rebound, signs of weakness among manufacturers and sales of cars and homes signal the recovery isn't yet on a sure footing.

Friday's U.S. economic data signals economic strength that supports energy demand and crude prices.  Jan nonfarm payrolls surged +517,000, much stronger than expectations of +188,000 and the largest increase in 6 months.  ... 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
$7,700/7,000
First Notice Date
03/24/20
Expiration Date
03/20/20 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

Crude Oil WTI Apr '20
Average Price Chart for 5 Prior Apr Contracts

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Jan 24, 2023

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Commercials - Long / Short
614,901 (+15,429)
888,147 (+33,076)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
328,480 (+8,939)
78,681 (-1,642)
Producers - Long / Short
435,541 (+23,908)
438,991 (+26,186)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
78,899 (-4,526)
348,695 (+10,843)
Managed Money - Long / Short
197,545 (-2,619)
34,535 (-6,814)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
130,935 (+11,558)
44,146 (+5,172)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
19.46 +15.26%
on 03/20/20
53.86 -58.35%
on 02/21/20
-31.45 (-58.37%)
since 02/20/20
3-Month
19.46 +15.26%
on 03/20/20
64.99 -65.49%
on 01/08/20
-37.52 (-62.59%)
since 12/20/19
52-Week
19.46 +15.26%
on 03/20/20
64.99 -65.49%
on 01/08/20
-37.62 (-62.65%)
since 03/20/19

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Friday's Last Call: Crude Oil's Hard Fall

The WTI crude oil market fell hard Friday, but there was much more to the selloff than just January's nonfarm payrolls number.

ZCH23 : 677-4s (+0.33%)
GCJ23 : 1,877.9 (+0.07%)
CLH23 : 73.47 (+0.11%)
Crude Slumps on Dollar Strength and Suspect Chinese Energy Demand

Mar WTI crude oil (CLH23 ) on Friday closed down -2.49 (-3.28%), and Mar RBOB gasoline (RBH23 ) closed down -13.13 (-5.35%). Crude oil and gasoline prices Friday sold off to 3-week lows and closed sharply...

CLH23 : 73.47 (+0.11%)
RBH23 : 2.3198 (-0.05%)
DXY00 : 102.915s (+1.14%)
Nat-Gas Falls as Heating Demand Wanes and Inventories Climb

March Nymex natural gas (NGH23 ) on Friday closed down -0.046 (-1.87%). March nat-gas Friday tumbled to a 2-year nearest-futures low and closed moderately lower. The main bearish factor is a warmer-than-normal...

NGH23 : 2.424 (+0.58%)
Dollar Strength and Suspect Chinese Energy Demand Weighs on Crude Prices

Mar WTI crude oil (CLH23 ) this morning is down -0.91 (-1.20%), and Mar RBOB gasoline (RBH23 ) is down -8.07 (-3.29%). March Nymex natural gas (NGH23) is down -0.094 (-3.83%). Crude oil and gasoline prices...

CLH23 : 73.47 (+0.11%)
RBH23 : 2.3198 (-0.05%)
DXY00 : 102.915s (+1.14%)
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You put the oil in, you take the oil out, you put the oil in, and you shake it all around. You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around. That’s what it is all about. When it comes to the US Strategic...

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Crude Prices Slip on Dollar Strength and Robust U.S. Crude Inventories

Mar WTI crude oil (CLH23 ) on Thursday closed down -0.53 (-0.69%), and Mar RBOB gasoline (RBH23 ) closed down -0.15 (-0.06%). Crude oil and gasoline prices Thursday posted moderate losses, with crude...

CLH23 : 73.47 (+0.11%)
RBH23 : 2.3198 (-0.05%)
DXY00 : 102.915s (+1.14%)
Nat-Gas Prices Slip as Warm Winter Temps Undercut Demand

March Nymex natural gas (NGH23 ) on Thursday closed down -0.012 (-0.49%). Mar nat-gas Thursday fell to a 1-3/4 year nearest-futures low and closed moderately lower. Nat-gas prices are under pressure on...

NGH23 : 2.424 (+0.58%)
Crude Declines on Dollar Strength and Energy Demand Concerns

Mar WTI crude oil (CLH23 ) this morning is down -0.76 (-0.99%), and Mar RBOB gasoline (RBH23 ) is up +0.97 (+0.40%). March Nymex natural gas (NGH23 ) is up +0.059 (+2.39%). Crude oil and gasoline prices...

CLH23 : 73.47 (+0.11%)
RBH23 : 2.3198 (-0.05%)
NGH23 : 2.424 (+0.58%)
DXY00 : 102.915s (+1.14%)
The Message

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the disinflation process has started and while that caused a lot of commodities and stocks to soar, oil did not get the message.  Maybe it was because the Fed Chair stressed...

Barchart Trading Guide

The Barchart Trading Guide is a Sell Signal with a Weak Signal Strength.

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point N/A
2nd Resistance Point 31.69
1st Resistance Point 27.06
Last Price 22.43s
1st Support Level 18.63
2nd Support Level 14.83
3rd Support Level N/A

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52-Week High 64.99
Fibonacci 61.8% 47.60
Fibonacci 50% 42.22
Fibonacci 38.2% 36.85
Last Price 22.43s
52-Week Low 19.46

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