What Is It: Backwardation & Contango

Once you understand the basics of the NYMEX futures market, it’s simple to see that traders aren’t trading one single “WTI crude oil” contract. In reality, they’re trading dozens of future dated months at the same time, with most of the volume concentrated in the soonest “prompt” month. When you put all of these future […]

Vaccine Hope Shifts Forward Prices Higher

Markets are trading sideways this morning, though remain elevated overall for the week. Markets are wrestling with two conflicting stories – short-term lockdown concerns and long-term hope for a rapid vaccine deployment. The crude oil forward curve, which shows the trading price of crude for each month over the next several years, has narrowed significantly […]

Week in Review – November 20, 2020

WTI crude finished the week higher, starting up on Monday with news of another effective vaccine lifting the market throughout the week. This new vaccine by Moderna reported 95% efficacy rates and a more manageable storage temperature. An inventory build in crude mid-week put downward pressure on the market but could not overcome OPEC optimism […]

Is OPEC+ Cutting Enough to Move Markets

Yesterday, WTI crude started the day up about a dollar after the news of the historic cuts by OPEC+.  Skepticism of the deal began to sway the market and the weight of crude demand destruction finally overshadowed the supply cuts as the market closed the day slightly lower.  Prices continue lower this morning even as […]

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