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‘There’s Some Real Concern About Oil’: U.S. Oil Fund Put Volume Surges

Crude can't catch a break...

There’s some real concern about oil from people who are speculating.

That’s from Eric Balchunas, an ETF analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, and he’s referring to the following set of headlines which crossed a little while ago:

  • U.S. Oil Fund Put Volume Surges, August Trade in 134k Block
  • U.S. Oil Fund August $8.5 put options trade ~146.9k lots as of 1:45 p.m. ET, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
  • 134.1k bought for 10c in single block ~12:10 p.m.
    Open interest 218.8k Wednesday
  • Thursday’s total put volume outpacing call volume by 2.6 to 1
  • USO total put volume 234.8k, vs 103k 5-day avg



You can draw your own conclusions there, but do note that despite this morning’s confirmation of yesterday’s ostensibly bullish API data, crude can’t catch a fucking a break and has now erased its morning gains.

This comes on the heels of a (very) rough Wednesday session that saw the bottom fall out on two separate occasions (see here and here).



3 comments on “‘There’s Some Real Concern About Oil’: U.S. Oil Fund Put Volume Surges

  1. Mike (not that Mike)

    I blame TSLA. Everyone knows that everyone will have to buy a Tesla to justify the stock valuation, and that will kill crude demand.


  2. Curt A Tyner

    FU*K big oil they will be the main reason for the next major war in our world. Can’t afford a Tesla then buy a Prius.

  3. David Marilley

    If Saudi is attempting to support the futures market, then this performance is a catastrophe.

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