Suddenly, Oil Below $40 a Barrel Doesn’t Seem So Far-Fetched

6 May 2017   Prices

About $7 million of August $39 puts change hands Friday ‘Lottery ticket’ signals fear, likely oil recovery: analyst It’s come to this for the beleaguered oil market: a big bet that prices are about to sink to their lowest level in more than a year. About $7 million worth of options changed hands Friday that will pay off if West Texas Intermediate crude falls beneath $39 a barrel by mid-July, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. WTI, which hovered around $46 Friday, hasn’t traded below $39 since April 2016, though it’s been dropping like a stone in recent weeks. More than 14,000 August $39 puts changed hands, almost 20 times the number of contracts previously outstanding for the bearish option. The trade was a sign of the “crescendo of negativity” that’s washing over the oil market, said James Cordier, founder of investment firm Optionsellers.com in Tampa, Florida. Prices have […]

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