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NEW YORK — U.S. crude futures plunged more than 85 per cent on Monday to the lowest price on record as storage space for U.S. crude was filling up, discouraging buyers even as weak economic data from Germany and Japan cast doubt on when fuel consumption will recover.
Physical demand for crude has dried up, creating a global supply glut as billions of people stay home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
originally posted by: purplemer
Probably not so good for the petrodollar but that dinosaur is on its way out.
originally posted by: puzzled2
...the chinese have brought the worlds biggest companies for pennies on the dollars.
originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: burdman30ott6
Use smaller words please.
I know this is bad, but how and why?
originally posted by: AndyFromMichigan
A negative price means that BP or Amaco or whoever needs to pay someone to take their barrel of oil off, right?
Contago: (Positive bias)
A scenario where the spot prices are higher than the future prices. In such a scenario as the expiry approaches, the two prices are expected to converge. The trading arbitrage opportunities end up pushing the price together.
Arbitrage during Contango: If the spot prices are higher, then the traders will buy futures at the lower price and take deliveries, and then sell it off at the higher market spot price. This will lead to an increase in demand of futures contracts and an increase in supply of spots. Thus, prices converge.
Backwardation: (Negative bias)
This is the reverse scenario, this is when the spot prices are lower than the futures contracts. As the expiry approaches, as before both prices are expected to converge.
Arbitrage during Backwardation: The traders first short the futures contract, then buy the spot from the market, and sell it off at the higher price as dictated by the futures contract. This leads to an increase in supply for the futures contract and an increase in demand for the underlying. This leads to convergence of prices.