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What are some possible reasons that a heating oil rep would be anticipating oil prices falling?

We are planning on prebuying heating oil this year to avoid high costs if the price rises over the winter. We can buy now, or wait until fall. The person I spoke to over the phone said she would ...
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Why buy consumable commodities?

These two questions explain why gold is a useful commodity and what happens when someone buys it. Where can I buy real gold and sell it later as shown in market? What intrinsic, non-monetary value ...
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Why would one choose to sell stock back to a company for less than their current market price?

Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) is currently offering to buy back $4 billion USD of their stock (reference). The minimum they will pay is $56, and the maximum is $63. Given that this equity is ...
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Can mere expectations affect oil spot price?

For example if confirmed information spread today that for some reason oil producers will increase their supply one month later, will this affect oil spot prices immediately like what happens in ...
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Would using TD Ameritrade to manage Roth IRA contributions indirectly support new fossil fuel infrastructure?

My goal: I would like to avoid investing and banking with institutions supporting new fossil fuel infrastructure[†]. Is TD Ameritrade such an institution? (I'm hoping that, as a brokerage firm, it is ...
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Negative Sell Trades — what do I need to do now?

I'm new to trading. I'm trading crude oil CFDs. I'm holding a short position of 400 barrels of crude oil at $37.50, but the price of crude oil is now $41.50. During the move from $37.50 to $41.50, my ...
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Who creates oil futures?

Who creates futures such as CL.AUG20 (August WTI Crude Oil contract) sold on NYMEX which can be bought via eToro? I understand that when a company wants to go public, they sell these stocks on an ...
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What exactly is the spot market?

I understand for commodities such as crude oil, there is NYMEX exchange where futures contract are listed and traded. Where exactly do I find the spot market? How does it work? Where is the price ...
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What is the difference between crude oil futures and CFDs?

In April 2020 WTI crude oil futures price gone negative. I trade crude oil CFDs using eToro and IqOption. On these platforms oil prices were different. On eToro the lowest price was around 7.3 while ...
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the impact of drop in oil prices financial markets performance and prospects? [closed]

Supporting that there is a correlation between oil prices and stock market. What could be the implications of low oil prices on the financial markets performance and prospects?
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the impact of drop in oil prices on oil producing companies? [closed]

Oil exporting countries will have a negative impact with the decrease in oil prices while oil importing countries will benefit from it. What about oil producing companies?
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Do governments publicly predict when global oil demand = oil supply?

My grandparents fancy buying an ETF of oil companies like FENY in the future. So they`re seeking reasonably evidenced predictions like Rystad Energy's: Do governments predict like this too? If so, ...
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Why not invest in USO long-term?

I've read on the Internet that many people traded USO when WTI futures contracts expiring on 4/21 dropped to -$37.63/barrel. But many posts on Reddit discourage buying USO, like on r/stocks and r/...
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What is the real cost for storing a barrel of crude oil at present?

The recent negative price of WTI crude oil futures contract indicates the receipt/storage of a barrel of crude oil can cost more than $37, which is unbelievable. Does anybody know the real cost at ...
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If I buy a crude oil futures contract at CME, must I sell the contract before the last trading day?

Does CME have different contracts for different traders, i.e., some traders must close their positions before the last trading day of their futures contracts while others can hold their position to ...
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Crude Oil Futures Settlement

I am a bit confused about how futures contracts are settled. I know that usually contracts are either cash-settled or physically settled. For CME WTI crude oil futures contracts, how does settlement ...
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Why did the price of crude oil drop below zero today?

Something that’s never happened in the oil market just occurred: negative prices on an oil contract. Why did the price of crude contracts drop below zero today? Can I invest in crude contracts ...
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What does it mean for the price of oil to be negative?

The New York Times website currently has this graph, showing that the price of "West Texas Intermediate, May contract" is $-13.10. Does it literally mean that someone's offering $13.10 to ...
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What are the implications for institutional traders left holding a long WTI contract at expiry, unable to take delivery?

Given the historic drop in the front month WTI price today, I was wondering what the ramifications are for those professional traders who are left holding a long position. Note this problem won't ...
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Is there a way to buy raw oil today and sell it in 1 year time?

Is there a way to buy raw oil today and sell it in 1 year time? I would like to do so from the United Kingdom. EDIT: I mean buying shares of oil or whatever other form.. I just want to own it "...
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What is the relation between the price of crude and the corresponding ETF

Currently the price of crude oil is hovering around 50$/barrel and the corresponding ETF like USO is around 20$/share. What is the relationship between the price of crude and the price of USO? For a ...
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What ETF best tracks the price of gasoline, or else crude oil?

Is there an ETF that very closely tracks the price of gasoline? In lieu of that, which ETF best tracks the price of crude oil?
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