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Crude Oil WTI May '20 (CLK20)

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Crude Oil WTI Futures Market News and Commentary

Crude Prices Underpinned by Chinese Energy Demand Optimism

Jan WTI crude oil (CLF23) on Thursday closed up +0.67 (+0.83%), and Jan RBOB gasoline (RBF23) closed down -4.27 (-1.79%).  

Crude oil and gasoline prices Thursday settled mixed, with crude climbing to a 2-week high.  A slump in the dollar index to a 3-1/2 month low Thursday was bullish for energy prices.  Also, crude rose on expectations that energy demand will improve in China after the government eased Covid restrictions.  However, crude prices fell back from their best levels, and gasoline declined, on concern the U.S. economy is weakening after Thursday's news that the Nov ISM manufacturing index contracted at the steepest pace in 2-1/2 years, a bearish sign for energy demand.

Crude prices moved higher this week after China eased Covid restrictions in some parts of the country, which sparked some optimism about an economic reopening.  China on Wednesday lifted lockdowns in Guangzhou's southern manufacturing hub, removed lockdown restrictions in the main urban areas o... 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
$8,250/7,500
First Notice Date
04/23/20
Expiration Date
04/21/20 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Nov 22, 2022

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Commercials - Long / Short
508,179 (-54,326)
785,173 (-84,727)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
320,640 (-41,041)
68,165 (-15,249)
Producers - Long / Short
340,828 (-46,010)
326,381 (-51,834)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
74,277 (+4,556)
365,718 (-20,021)
Managed Money - Long / Short
196,423 (-16,109)
49,260 (+3,019)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
124,217 (-24,932)
18,905 (-18,268)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
-40.32 +124.83%
on 04/20/20
29.13 -65.64%
on 04/03/20
-12.62 (-55.77%)
since 03/20/20
3-Month
-40.32 +124.83%
on 04/20/20
58.16 -82.79%
on 01/22/20
-48.15 (-82.79%)
since 01/21/20
52-Week
-40.32 +124.83%
on 04/20/20
64.39 -84.45%
on 01/08/20
-51.39 (-83.70%)
since 04/18/19

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Crude Prices Underpinned by Chinese Energy Demand Optimism

Jan WTI crude oil (CLF23 ) on Thursday closed up +0.67 (+0.83%), and Jan RBOB gasoline (RBF23 ) closed down -4.27 (-1.79%). Crude oil and gasoline prices Thursday settled mixed, with crude climbing to...

CLF23 : 81.28 (+0.07%)
RBF23 : 2.3482 (+0.26%)
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Crude Rallies on Dollar Weakness and Chinese Energy Demand Optimism

Jan WTI crude oil (CLF23 ) this morning is up +2.22 (+2.76%), and Jan RBOB gasoline (RBF23 ) is up +0.50 (+0.21%). Jan Nymex natural gas (NGF23 ) is down -0.019 (-0.27%). Crude oil and gasoline prices...

CLF23 : 81.28 (+0.07%)
RBF23 : 2.3482 (+0.26%)
NGF23 : 6.732 (-0.09%)
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Nat-Gas Falls on Expectations of Warmer December Temps

Jan Nymex natural gas (NGF23 ) on Wednesday closed down -0.305 (-4.22%). Jan nat-gas on Wednesday tumbled to a 1-week low and closed sharply lower on forecasts for milder U.S. weather that would limit...

NGF23 : 6.732 (-0.09%)
Crude Oil Rises on China Hopes and Crude Inventory Decline

Jan WTI crude oil (CLF23 ) on Wednesday closed up +2.35 (+3.01%), and Jan RBOB gasoline (RBF23 ) closed up +9.69 (+4.24%). Crude oil and gasoline prices Wednesday rallied sharply. Hope that China will...

CLF23 : 81.28 (+0.07%)
RBF23 : 2.3482 (+0.26%)

Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point N/A
2nd Resistance Point 32.98
1st Resistance Point 21.49
Last Price 10.01s
1st Support Level 0.00
2nd Support Level 0.00
3rd Support Level N/A

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52-Week High 64.39
Fibonacci 61.8% 24.39
Fibonacci 50% 12.03
Last Price 10.01s
Fibonacci 38.2% -0.32
52-Week Low -40.32

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