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WTI/RBOB Shrug At Bigger Than Expected Crude Draw

WTI/RBOB faded back from yesterday's Libya pipeline headline-driven exuberance ahead of tonight's API inventory data. A bigger than expected crude draw held WTI prices steady but RBOB faded very modestly after API showed a notable gasoline (and distillates) build.   API Crude -6mm (-3.75mm exp) Cushing -1.3mm (-590k exp) Gasoline +3.1mm Distillates +2.8mm Heading into […]


3-Month Bills Turmoil Ahead Of March Debt Ceiling Showdown: Bid To Cover Plunges To 8 Year Lows

Despite the GOP’s tax reform victory, over the past few weeks, Congress once again punted on a formal decision how to keep government funded and what to do with America’s debt ceiling and as a result US legislators simply kicked the can on the agreement of raising the nation’s borrowing limit for another few months. […]


Bitcoin Trust Plunges As Arbitrage Spreads Collapse

Just a week after CME started Bitcoin futures trading (and 2 weeks after CBOE), a number of massive arbitrage premiums have finally started to collapse as shorts dip their toes in a risk-limited way… The first 'arbitrage' is the Bitcoin Futures-Spot spread which was well over $2000 in the first few days of Bitcoin Futures […]


WTI/RBOB Extend Gains After Bigger Than Expected Crude Draw

WTI/RBOB inched higher on the day ahead of tonight's API data and then knee-jerked higher as the data showed a much-bigger-than-expected 5.2mm crude draw.   API Crude -5.2mm (-440k exp) Cushing +70k Gasoline +2.001mm (+2.45mm exp) Distillates -2.85mm (+250k exp) A very mixed bag as the series of crude draws continues and gasoline builds… This […]


Goldman Sets 100% Margin Requirement On “Some” Bitcoin Futures trades

Goldman Sachs has become the latest brokerage to raise its margin requirements for clients who wish to trade the new bitcoin futures launched by the CBOE late Sunday, following in the footsteps of Interactive Brokers, which initially prohibited clients from taking a short position in the futures contracts and later demanded more than a double […]


China Regulators Complete Final ‘Drill’ In Preparation For Petro-Yuan Futures Trading

Amid all the chatter of Venezuela and Russia potentially creating oil-backed cryptocurrencies, the "huge news" of China's launch of the Petro-Yuan has fallen off the front page… until now. This week saw the Shanghai Futures Exchange complete its fifth yuan-back oil futures contract trading drill successfully… As Bloomberg reports, 149 members of Shanghai International Energy […]


CBOE Website Crashes As XBT Trading Begins, Bitcoin Price Surges

The CBOE’s website crashed within minutes of the CBOE open on Sunday – which also marked the launch of the first bitcoin futures to trade on a major exchange – while the price of a bitcoin spiked 10% in five minutes as the new contract with the ticker XBT fluctuated wildly. The embarrassing crash happened […]


CBOE Website Crashes As XBT Trading Begins, First Trading Halt As Bitcoin Price Surges

Update: At precisely 8:31pm ET, the CBOE instituted the first ever XBT trading halt, which lasted for two minutes according to a notice on Cboe’s website. XBT contracts have since resumed trading. As a reminder, the Cboe can halt trading for 2 minutes after 10% swings, and 5 minutes at 20%, an attempt to prevent […]


Bitcoin Futures Top $18,000, Soar 20% From Open – Halted for Second Time

Update: At 10:05pm ET,  the CFE halted trading in Cboe Bitcoin Futures (XBT), in accordance with CFE Rule 1302(i)(ii) which defines the threshold for the halt as a 20% surge. XBT will re-open for trading approximately five (5)minutes from the time of the halt. Bitcoin Futures have topped $18,000 for the first time… It was […]


All You Need To Know About Today’s Bitcoin Futures Contract

CBOE Global Markets Inc and CME Group Inc will launch futures contracts on bitcoin on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 respectively. Here are some of the differences between the products to be offered by the exchange operators. CONTRACT UNIT The Cboe Bitcoin Futures Contract will use the ticker XBT and will equal one bitcoin. The […]


Crypto Chaos – Bitcoin Price Swings Signal Futures Fiasco Ahead Of Launch

Take your pick as to what price you think Bitcoin is trading at this morning… After an utterly shocking day yesterday with Bitcoin prices soaring towards $20,000 intraday on some exchanges, the true chaos of the cryptocurrency is unveiled ahead of Monday's futures launch. GDAX shows bitcoin trading up to $19,697 yesterday before plunging to […]


Banks Issue Last Minute Warning About Risks Of Bitcoin Futures, Ask Regulator For Review

As we countdown to the launch of bitcoin futures trading on the CBOE (10 December) and CME (18 December), the big banks – via the Futures Industry Association – have suddenly got cold feet about the risks. We don't blame them, somebody's going to get hurt, the only question is who. The banks are worried […]


WTI/RBOB Sink On Massive Product Inventory Builds

A relatively stable day in energy markets as many other markets turmoiled, but as tonight's data hit, both WTI/RBOB kneejerked lower after API showed massive product inventory builds (despite a big crude draw).   API Crude -5.48mm (-2.5mm exp) Cushing -1.95mm (-2.4mm exp) Gasoline +9.196mm – biggest build since Jan 2016 Distillates +4.259mm – biggest […]


RBOB Fades On Surprise Product Build, New Record High Production

Last night's API-reported surprise crude build sparked selling that not even Russia/Saudi jawboning could rescue, but DOE data showed the exact opposite with a big crude draw and even bigger gasoline draw. Added to a new record high in US crude production and RBOB is fading and WTI is not rallying.   API Crude +1.82mm […]


WTI/RBOB Spike On OPEC Headlines After Bearish Inventory/Production Data

Update: WTI/RBOB was fading after DOE data but then Kuwait dropped the following meaningless headline: OPEC JMMC RECOMMENDS EXTENSION, DIDN'T FINALIZE DURATION. And the algos took over… *  *  * Last night's API-reported surprise crude build sparked selling that not even Russia/Saudi jawboning could rescue, but DOE data showed the exact opposite with a big […]