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Crude Oil WTI May '18 (CLK18)

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Crude Oil WTI Futures Market News and Commentary

Crude Prices Weighed Down on Chinese Energy Demand Concerns

Jan WTI crude oil (CLF23) on Friday closed down -1.66 (-2.13%), and Jan RBOB gasoline (RBF23) closed down -12.01 (-5.02%).  

Crude oil and gasoline prices Friday posted moderate losses.  Chinese energy demand concerns weighed on crude prices after new Covid infections in China surged to a record, which may prompt the government to expand lockdowns and pandemic restrictions that curb economic activity, travel, and energy demand.

Chinese energy demand concerns continue to undercut crude prices.  China reported a record 31,987 new Covid infections on Thursday, which may lead to extended pandemic lockdowns in China that curb economic growth and energy demand.  Covid restrictions now cover 20% of China's economy, up from 15.6% last Monday, according to Nomura.

Friday's action by China to boost stimulus may revive economic growth and energy demand in China, the world's second-biggest economy, after the PBOC cut the reserve requirement ratio for most banks by 25 bp to 11.... 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
04/24/18
Expiration Date
04/20/18 (expired)

Seasonal Chart

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

Commitment of Traders Positions as of Nov 15, 2022

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Commercials - Long / Short
562,505 (+10,756)
869,900 (+16,826)
Non-Commercials - Long / Short
361,681 (-6,904)
83,414 (-10,381)
Producers - Long / Short
386,838 (+2,807)
378,215 (+9,485)
Swap Dealers - Long / Short
69,721 (+1,179)
385,739 (+571)
Managed Money - Long / Short
212,532 (-17,066)
46,241 (+2,299)
Other Reportables - Long / Short
149,149 (+10,162)
37,173 (-12,680)
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Price Performance

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Period Period Low Period High Performance
1-Month
61.81 +10.63%
on 04/06/18
69.56 -1.70%
on 04/19/18
+4.84 (+7.62%)
since 03/20/18
3-Month
57.60 +18.72%
on 02/09/18
69.56 -1.70%
on 04/19/18
+5.42 (+8.61%)
since 01/19/18
52-Week
44.34 +54.22%
on 06/21/17
69.56 -1.70%
on 04/19/18
+16.15 (+30.92%)
since 04/20/17

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Crude Prices Weighed Down on Chinese Energy Demand Concerns

Jan WTI crude oil (CLF23 ) on Friday closed down -1.66 (-2.13%), and Jan RBOB gasoline (RBF23 ) closed down -12.01 (-5.02%). Crude oil and gasoline prices Friday posted moderate losses. Chinese energy...

CLF23 : 76.28s (-2.13%)
RBF23 : 2.2729s (-5.02%)
Nat-Gas Retreats as U.S. Weather Forecasts Shift Warmer

Dec Nymex natural gas (NGZ22 ) on Friday closed down -0.284 (-3.89%). Dec nat-gas prices Friday fell sharply. A warmer U.S. weather forecast that will curb heating demand for nat-gas is weighed on prices...

NGF23 : 7.330s (-4.90%)
Crude Slightly Lower on Surging Chinese Covid Cases

Jan WTI crude oil (CLF23 ) this morning is down -0.09 (-0.12%), and Jan RBOB gasoline (RBF23 ) is down -4.25 (-1.78%). Dec Nymex natural gas (NGZ22 ) is down -0.064 (-0.88%). Crude oil and gasoline prices...

CLF23 : 76.28s (-2.13%)
RBF23 : 2.2729s (-5.02%)
DXY00 : 105.959s (-0.11%)
Distillates Daze

One of the hot markets this month has become distillates, or heating oil, with questions coming in about when the market becomes a buy.

Exxon Mobil Has A Long Way Up

Exxon Mobil has a long way up, as we see it trading in a strong five-wave bullish impulse from Elliott wave perspective.

Nat-Gas Surges on Forecasts for Colder U.S. Temps

Dec Nymex natural gas (NGZ22) on Wednesday closed up +0.529 (+7.80%). Dec nat-gas prices Wednesday surged to a 2-month high on the outlook for colder-than-normal temperatures in the U.S. that would boost...

Crude Sharply Lower on EU Plans to Curb Russian Crude Oil Sales

Jan WTI crude oil (CLF23 ) on Wednesday closed down -3.01 (-3.72%), and Jan RBOB gasoline (RBF23 ) closed down -5.08 (-2.08%). Crude oil and gasoline prices Wednesday sold off sharply as the European Union...

CLF23 : 76.28s (-2.13%)
RBF23 : 2.2729s (-5.02%)
Crude Tumbles as EU Discusses Cap Level on Russian Crude Prices

Jan WTI crude oil (CLF23 ) this morning is down -3.64 (-4.50%), and Jan RBOB gasoline (RBF23 ) is down -10.82 (-4.43%). Dec Nymex natural gas (NGZ22 ) is up +0.619 (+9.13%). Crude oil and gasoline prices...

CLF23 : 76.28s (-2.13%)
RBF23 : 2.2729s (-5.02%)
NGF23 : 7.330s (-4.90%)
Weekly Ethanol Supplies Higher, as Production and Stocks Rose

Report on U.S. ethanol production, usage, and stocks for the week ending November 18, 2022.

Heating Oil Remains the Strongest Product, and it is Not Seasonal

Heating oil is a misleading name as it is a proxy for distillate oil products, diesel, and jet fuel. While heating oil is a seasonal fuel, with the demand peaking during the winter, diesel and jet are...

ICE : 107.12 (+0.17%)
CLF23 : 76.28s (-2.13%)
CBF23 : 83.63s (-2.00%)
HOF23 : 3.1683s (-3.31%)

Key Turning Points

3rd Resistance Point N/A
2nd Resistance Point 69.29
1st Resistance Point 68.83
Last Price 68.38s
1st Support Level 67.71
2nd Support Level 67.05
3rd Support Level N/A

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52-Week High 69.56
Last Price 68.38s
Fibonacci 61.8% 59.93
Fibonacci 50% 56.95
Fibonacci 38.2% 53.97
52-Week Low 44.34

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