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As long as I can buy it today and sell it at a date of my choosing Typically investors don't purchase shares representing indefinite ownership of commodities, instead they are traded as futures. Oil Futures have a settlement date, i.e. they expire and you have to buy them again. Let's take a look at NYMEX WTI Light Sweet Crude Oil futures. Here we can ...


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Is it possible to trade these commodities on the stock market? No. Commodities are traded in a commodities market. Stock markets are for stocks. Please do a lot of research prior to executing trades it is akin to options investing. However you can trade companies that benefit from increasing prices in oil and gas. For example Exxon or for a more ...


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Leverage is not necessary with a futures contract. The entire cash value of the underlying commodity can be held in the account. Well, the account will note the amount of margin used from the free balance but the investor can certainly be proven to be unleveraged by the cash balance. In fact ticker USO is a fund that accounts positions in oil using futures ...


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What they're showing you is indeed accurate. Take a look at the contract specification for the CME's WTI Crude Oil Contract and you will see that it trades Sunday through Friday. So if you check on a Saturday, the last price update would be from Friday. To verify that oilprice.com isn't lagging behind as could be the case for any number of financial data ...


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I know how margin trading works, but I want to understand why it is so common in the futures markets. Because with futures, unlike stocks, you do not exchange cash upfront, therefore leverage (without any margin account) is infinite. Say you "buy" an oil futures contract at $50. You do not pay $50 for this and then sell it for the current price of oil - ...


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The price is vulnerable to the inscrutable politics of Saudi Arabia. In 2016 they defied all expectations of $100 to $85 WTI oil in order to put the shale oil industry out of business, taking the price down to $24. And still they failed to put the shale oilers out of business. Now they are driving the price down to hurt Russia? With out-of-left-field ...


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Unfortunately there's not a simple answer since "crude oil" is a very broad spectrum. From the supply side, oil is produced in multiple locations across the globe, and with varying properties (e.g. "sour" crude contains more sulfur and thus is cheaper, but requires special equipment to be usable to refineries. It can also be traded between countries, so ...


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