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Crude Oil WTI Mini Jan '24 (QMF24)
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Crude Oil WTI Mini Futures Market News and Commentary

Crude Prices Climb on U.S. Economic Strength

April WTI crude oil (CLJ24) on Thursday closed up +0.70 (+0.90%), and Apr RBOB gasoline (RBJ24) closed up +3.67 (+1.45%).

Crude oil and gasoline prices on Thursday posted moderate gains.  Signs of strength in the U.S. economy supported energy demand and crude prices after Thursday's news showed weekly jobless claims fell to a 5-week low and the Feb S&P manufacturing PMI rose to a 17-month high.  Also, Thursday's rally in the S&P 500 to a new record high shows confidence in the economic outlook that supports energy demand and crude prices.

Crude prices extended their gains Thursday after weekly EIA crude inventories rose less than expected.  A weaker dollar on Thursday was another bullish factor for energy prices.

Thursday's U.S. economic news was supportive of energy demand and crude prices.  Weekly initial unemployment claims unexpectedly fell -12,000 to a 5-week low of 201,000, showing a stronger labor market than expectations of an increase to 216,000.  Also, th... Read more

Contract Specifications

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E-Mini Crude Oil WTI
Contract Size
500 U.S. barrels (21,000 gallons)
Tick Size
2.5 cents per barrel ($12.50 per contract)
Trading Hours
5:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. (Sun-Fri) (Settles 1:30p.m.) CST
Point Value
First Notice Date
Expiration Date
12/18/23 (expired)

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Crude Oil WTI Mini Jan '24
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
67.700 +7.05%
on 12/13/23
79.600 -8.96%
on 11/30/23
-3.570 (-4.69%)
since 11/17/23
67.700 +7.05%
on 12/13/23
90.250 -19.70%
on 09/28/23
-15.540 (-17.66%)
since 09/18/23
64.400 +12.53%
on 05/04/23
90.250 -19.70%
on 09/28/23
+0.390 (+0.54%)
since 12/16/22

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Barchart Trading Guide

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

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point 77.872
2nd Resistance Point 76.073
1st Resistance Point 74.272
Last Price 72.470s
1st Support Level 70.672
2nd Support Level 68.873
3rd Support Level 67.072

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52-Week High 90.250
Fibonacci 61.8% 80.375
Fibonacci 50% 77.325
Fibonacci 38.2% 74.275
Last Price 72.470s
52-Week Low 64.400

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