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Trading Crude Oil Futures

June 13th, 2018 Filed under Commodity Brokers, Commodity Trading, Crude Oil, Day Trading, Energy Futures, Futures Broker, Futures Trading, futures trading education, Options Trading, Trading Guide | Comment (0)

Tips for day trading NYMEX crude oil futures

By Ilan Levy-Mayer, VP Cannon Trading Co, Inc.

When it comes to day trading futures contracts, crude oil futures are assumed one of the leading positions as far as trading volume.

 

During the month of May 2018,  crude oil futures averaged around 1 Million contracts traded per day! That actually surpasses contracts like the ten-year notes, mini SP, mini Nasdaq and others who have traditionally been leaders’ in terms of volume.

 

Part of the growth in crude oil futures is attributed to day trader participation. Day traders, by definition, will enter and exit their positions during the same trading day. This adds volume to the market traded.

 

Some of the tips I am sharing below can be applied to most futures contracts as well as other financial products that are traded like stocks, forex, bonds and others. Some of the advice I am sharing is very specific to the crude oil futures trading field.

 

  1. Know the product you are trading:

 

  1. Just like a trader who trades a stock like Facebook knows what Facebook does, when its earning reports are due and other factors, so does a crude oil futures day trader needs to know a few facts about crude oil:

 

  • Contract Size: Crude Oil Futures consist of 1,000 barrels. For the trader this means that each full $1 move in crude futures = $1,000 against you or in your favor.

 

For example:  A move from 72.10 to 73.10 = $1,000 and a move from 72.10 to 72.11 = $10 (the minimum fluctuation size or the tick size). Be aware that the CME also offers the mini crude contract,  which is half the size.

 

  • Trading Hours: Crude oil futures trade on the Globex terminal between the hours of 5:00 PM CST the DAY BEFORE to 4:00 PM CST the following day. Which means 23 hours of straight trading. It is important to know that most of the volume will trade between the hours of 8:00 AM CST and 1:30 PM CST, as these hours correspond to the “pit session” of the old trading floor.

 

Another key aspect to remember is that crude oil is a deliverable commodity and the “front month” will change every 30 days or so. For example: since May 22nd 2018 we have been trading July crude oil.

 

  • Reports: There are more than a few reports that will affect crude oil future prices indirectly. These include monthly unemployment, the FOMC rate decision, and a few others.

 

However, there are two major reports that move crude oil futures and its by-products (unleaded gasoline and heating oil) sharply: The API report, which comes out at 3:30 PM CST every Tuesday, and the DOE (Dept. of Energy) inventory numbers, which come out almost every Wednesday at 9:30AM CST.

 

Take a look at this one-minute chart from Wednesday, May 16th right around the report time below to understand the volatility involved.

As you can see above, the market made a move of $700 per ONE contract in a matter of minutes, perhaps even seconds! That type of risk and opportunity is one of the factors attracting day-traders into the crude oil market.

 

  • Geo Political Events: Middle East tensions, the Iran nuclear deal, tensions between Iraq and its neighbors…these are all examples of events that affect crude oil prices. Not to mention OPEC meetings!

 

 

  1. Trading Personality:

 

In my opinion crude oil (like many other markets) will have one of the following 3 modes: trending, two-sided volatility, or Choppy/quiet/range bound trading.

 

My experience is that crude will more often fall into the first 2 categories:  strong trend or two-sided volatility.  This leads me to my next point below, different trading set-ups.

 

  1. Trading Set-Ups:

 

My preferred methods for trading crude are either breakout concept in an attempt to catch a strong move up or down once the market broke some key support or resistance levels, AND/OR counter trend methods to take advantage of when the market is oversold or overbought. Crude does seem to bring more fear and greed out of traders. So looking at RSI levels, for example, and using moving averages ON the RSI to try and get a feel for market reversals are methods worth exploring.

 

  1. Keep a journal:

 

Like with any other trading, keep a journal. Take notes on how the market reacted to certain reports, how the markets traded during certain times of the day, and action you took and emotions you had that either helped or hurt you while trading. These notes will help you going forward.

 

In summary, crude oil futures volume has increased significantly these past few years. The crude oil futures offer traders certain dynamics that other markets may not at certain times. Volatility, fear and greed are key traits for this market. Remember that trading crude oil futures specifically and futures and options in general carries a large degree of risk and is not suitable for all investors. Make sure you consult with a series 3 broker if you never traded this market before. As always, I wish you Good Trading!

 

Important: Trading commodity futures and options involves a substantial risk of loss.

The recommendations contained in this letter are of opinion only and do not guarantee any profits.

There is not an actual account trading these recommendations.

Past performances are not necessarily indicative of future results.


What is a Commodity Broker and Types of Commodity Brokers

October 30th, 2017 Filed under Future Trading News | Comment (0)

“If you buy at the right time, you can make a mountain of money in commodities,” says financial magazine Forbes. ( and here at Cannon we would also like to remind you of the same possible large risk when you buy or sell at the wrong time….) Commodities don’t usually move at the same pace as the stock market, continues Forbes, so they can diversify your investment portfolio and lower the risk factor.

You need a commodity futures & options broker to facilitate your commodities trading. Commodities brokers buy or sell commodity contracts for a commission, and commission rates are usually paid per contract. A completed buy-and-sell transaction in the commodities market is called a round-turn.

Commodities futures brokers’ clients can be hedgers (people who use derivatives contracts to manage risk) or speculators (those who take a risk in hopes of greater profit). If you handle your own account, you are known as a self directed trader. Read the rest of this entry »


Commodities Market Volatility Continues | Support and Resistance Levels

October 21st, 2011 Filed under Commodity Brokers, Commodity Trading | Comment (0)

In this post:

1. Market Commentary
2. Support and Resistance Levels
3. Daily Mini Mini S&P 500 Futures Chart

1. Market Commentary

Volatility remains high and what I wrote the last few days, still holds:

As far as the daily chart, I am now confused again….I got tempted on the short side and got burnt very quickly today….Once again there is a CASE for both sides, bulls and the bears and the potential for a BIG MOVE EITHER WAY is greater than normal as we are sitting on important price levels in the SP500, which has been the leader for the rest of the markets as of the last few weeks. Read the rest of this entry »


Futures Trading Levels and Economic Reports for December 7th 2010

December 7th, 2010 Filed under Future Trading News, Futures Broker, Futures Exchange | Comments Off on Futures Trading Levels and Economic Reports for December 7th 2010

Today was a “slow trading day” when it came to stock indices, which leads me to a good point I would like to make. Most of our day traders, trade the e-mini stock index futures, mostly the mini SP because of its heavy daily volume and exposure.

However, I think that day-traders should be able to follow at least another market, maybe even two additional markets and look for different set up in these markets as well.

Good example from today is the Euro currency. While the mini SP was pretty dead….the Euro had nice range, good volatility and good volume which presents both risks and opportunities for day-traders.

Obviously, before you start trading a new market you should educate yourself on tick size, trading hours, “personality”, when is there more volume in that specific contract etc.

If you do so, I think you will achieve a couple of things, first is diversification. While some days trades in certain market may not work, trades in a different market may provide balance.

Also, if on certain days, certain markets are “sleepy” ( which most day-traders do NOT like), another market may have more action….

As always, do your homework, practice in simulation mode first and make sure you understand the “new contract” you may be trading along with the risks involved.

Below is a screen shot of the Euro Currency from todays webinar session :
( free trial at – https://www.cannontrading.com/tools/intraday-futures-trading-signals )

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Commodities Margins Rising to Cool Markets, November 22nd 2010

November 20th, 2010 Filed under Commodity Brokers | Comment (0)

Have a great weekend and a good, short trading week ahead of Thanksgiving holiday.

Good quick article for your reading pleasure:
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http://www.cnbc.com/id/40274878
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