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Crude Oil WTI Sep '16 (CLU16)

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Crude Oil WTI Futures Market News and Commentary

Energy Complex Closes Lower on Global Demand Concerns

Apr WTI crude oil (CLJ20) on Friday closed down -0.50 (-0.94%), Apr Brent crude oil (CBH20) closed down -0.81 (-1.36%), and Apr RBOB gasoline (RBJ20) closed down -0.0233 (-1.31%).

The energy complex posted moderate losses Friday on concern the spread of the China coronavirus outside of China will decimate energy demand. Confirmed cases of the virus in South Korea have topped 200 and have neared 100 in Japan, while global cases of the virus have risen to 76,700 with 2,247 deaths.

The slump in Chinese economic activity due to the coronavirus has already undercut fuel demand. Data from Chinese researcher SCI99 shows operating rates at independent Chinese refineries in China's Shandong province, which accounts for about one quarter of China's total refining capacity, plunged by -42% through Feb 21 to the lowest level in 5 years.

Friday's U.S. manufacturing data was weaker-than-expected, which was negative for energy demand, after the Feb Markit manufacturing PMI fel... 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
$3,850/3,500
First Notice Date
08/24/16
Expiration Date
08/22/16 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Feb 18, 2020

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Commercials - Long / Short
735,730 (-41,302)
1,155,940 (-33,699)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
571,252 (-5,903)
159,488 (-20,898)
Producers - Long / Short
416,813 (-35,053)
408,548 (-29,665)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
135,064 (-5,887)
563,539 (-3,672)
Managed Money - Long / Short
223,429 (-12,887)
118,106 (-5,817)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
347,823 (+6,984)
41,382 (-15,081)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
39.19 +20.06%
on 08/03/16
48.75 -3.49%
on 08/19/16
+2.86 (+6.47%)
since 07/22/16
3-Month
39.19 +20.06%
on 08/03/16
52.73 -10.77%
on 06/09/16
-2.17 (-4.41%)
since 05/20/16
52-Week
32.85 +43.23%
on 01/20/16
54.91 -14.31%
on 08/31/15
+0.37 (+0.79%)
since 08/21/15

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Barchart Technical Opinion

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 32% Buy with a Weakest short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

The market is in highly overbought territory. Beware of a trend reversal.

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Key Turning Points

2nd Resistance Point 49.05
1st Resistance Point 48.05
Last Price 47.05s
1st Support Level 46.40
2nd Support Level 45.75

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52-Week High 54.91
Last Price 47.05s
Fibonacci 61.8% 46.48
Fibonacci 50% 43.88
Fibonacci 38.2% 41.28
52-Week Low 32.85

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