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Negative Oil Prices: What does it Mean and How to Profit from Record Low Oil Prices?

The price of one American oil futures contract crashed on Monday into the negative for the first time in history.

The May WTI crude contract CL.1, -113.23% CLK20, -113.23% closed at -$37.63 a barrel, a one-day drop of $55.90, or 306%, according to Dow Jones Market Data. Those prices—at negative $$ per barrel—mean that companies must now pay a buyer to take oil off their hands and store it if they want to exit the market. 

Since the COVID-19 epidemic started, S&P500 crashed over 30% to 2192+/- from the high of $3393.52 in just matter of 4weeks. Dow Jones, Dow Transport, Nasdaq and Russell 2000 all suffered similar fates. However, market panic was nowhere else as pronounced as in Crude Oil.

Crude Oil Price War

On 8 March 2020, Saudi Arabia initiated a price war with Russia, facilitating a significant fall in the price of oil. Over a few weeks, US oil prices fell by 34%, crude oil fell by 26%, and Brent oil fell by 24%. The price war was triggered by a breakup in...

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