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Heating Oil Futures Trading Basics

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 : NYMEX Heating Oil (Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel) Price for May delivery closed down $0.0 168 at $ 1.0 107 per gallon.

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Heating Oil

Trading Unit
Heating Oil Futures: 42,000 U.S. gallons (1,000 barrels).

Heating Oil Options: One NYMEX Division heating oil futures contract.

Trading Hours
Futures and Options: 9:50 A.M. to 3:10 P.M., for the open outcry session.

After-hours trading is conducted via the NYMEX ACCESS® electronic trading system from 7 P.M. to 9 A.M. on Sundays and 4 P.M. to 9 A.M., Mondays through Thursdays. All times are New York time.

Trading Months
Heating Oil Futures: Trading is conducted in 18 consecutive months commencing with the next calendar month (for example, on October 2, 1998, trading occurs in all months from November 1998 through April 2000).

Options: 18 consecutive months.

Price Quotation
Heating Oil Futures and Options: In dollars and cents per gallon: for example, $0.5277 (52.77ў) per gallon.

Minimum Price Fluctuation
Heating Oil Futures and Options: $0.0001 (0.01ў) per gallon ($4.20 per contract).

Maximum Daily Price Fluctuation
Heating Oil Futures: Initial limits of $0.06 (6ў) per gallon are in place in all but the first two months and rise to $0.09 (9ў) per gallon if the previous day’s settlement price in any back month is at the $0.06 per gallon limit. In the event of a $0.20 (20ў) per gallon move in either of the first two contract months, limits on all months become $0.20 per gallon from the limit in place in the direction of the move following a one-hour trading halt.

Options: No price limits.

Last Trading Day
Heating Oil Futures: Trading terminates at the close of business on the last business day of the month preceding the delivery month.

Options: Trading ends three business days before the
underlying futures contract.

Exercise of Options
By a clearing member to the Exchange clearinghouse not later than 5:30 P.M., or 45 minutes after the underlying futures settlement price is posted, whichever is later, on any day up to and including the option’s expiration.

Options Strike Prices
Twenty strike prices in one-cent-per-gallon increments above and below the at-the-money strike price, and the next ten strike prices in five-cent increments above the highest and below the lowest existing strike prices for a total of at 61 strike prices. The at-the-money strike price is the nearest to the previous day’s close of the underlying futures contract. Strike price boundaries are adjusted according to the futures price movements.

Heating Oil is F.O.B. seller’s facility in New York Harbor, ex-shore. All duties, entitlements, taxes, fees, and other charges paid. Requirements for seller’s shore facility: capability to deliver into barges. Buyer may request delivery by truck, if available at the seller’s facility, and pays a surcharge for truck delivery. Delivery may also be completed by pipeline, tanker, book transfer, or inter- or intra-facility transfer. Delivery must be made in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local licensing and tax laws.

Delivery Period
Deliveries may only be initiated the day after the fifth business day and must be completed before the last business day of the delivery month.

Alternate Delivery Procedure (ADP)
An Alternate Delivery Procedure is available to buyers and sellers who have been matched by the Exchange subsequent to the termination of trading in the spot month contract. If buyer and seller agree to consummate delivery under terms different from those prescribed in the contract specifications, they may proceed on that basis after submitting a notice of their intention to the Exchange.

Exchange of Futures for, or in Connection with, Physicals (EFP)
The commercial buyer or seller may exchange a futures position for a physical position of equal quantity by submitting a notice to the Exchange. EFPs may be used to either initiate or liquidate a futures position.

Grade and Quality Specifications
Generally conforms to industry standards for fungible No. 2 heating oil.

The buyer may request an inspection for grade and quality or quantity for all deliveries, but shall require a quantity inspection for a barge, tanker, or inter-facility transfer. If the buyer does not request a quantity inspection, the seller may request such inspection. The cost of the quantity inspection is shared equally by the buyer and seller. If the product meets grade and quality specifications, the cost of the quality inspection is shared jointly by the buyer and seller. If the product fails inspection, the cost is borne by the seller.

Position Limits
7,000 contracts for all months combined, but not to exceed 1,000 in the last three days of trading in the spot month or 5,000 in any one month.

Margin Requirements
Margins are required for open Heating Oil futures or short options
positions. The margin requirement for an options purchaser will never exceed the premium.

Trading Symbols
Futures: HO
Options: OH

Heating oil futures

About NYMEX heating oil futures

Heating oil, also known as No. 2 fuel oil, accounts for about 25% of the yield of a barrel of crude, the second largest “cut” after gasoline. The heating oil futures contract at the New York Mercantile Exchange trades in units of 42,000 gallons (1,000 barrels) and is based on delivery in New York harbor, the principal cash market trading center.

In addition to heating oil futures, NYMEX also lists futures on crude oil, natural gas, and unleaded gasoline. All of these products are available to trade through Schwab Futures.

NYMEX heating oil futures specifications

Heating oil futures, New York Mercantile Exchange, symbol HO. Minimum Tick Size 0.0001 cent per gallon, worth $4.20 per contract.

Electronic trading is conducted from 6:00 p.m. U.S. ET until 5:00 p.m. U.S. ET via the CME Globex® trading platform, Sunday through Friday.

Primary heating oil futures contracts trade every calendar month, from January through December.

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    Heating Oil Futures Trading Basics

    Trading oil commodities has been extremely popular ever since the invention of the first automobile. Day in and day out traders choose oil as their instrument of choice for its huge liquidity. However, traditional oil trades are slowly but surely falling by the wayside as investors far and wide are opting for the lucrative futures market. With many types of oil futures for investors to choose from, speculative oil trades are more popular now than ever before.

    Crude Oil (WTI)

    Light Sweet Crude Oil (WTI) options and futures are hands down the most actively traded energy instrument in the world. Though the prices of crude oil futures seem to be gaining in popularity every single day, they have been used by investors and traders for risk management and price discovery for over 25 years.

    There are many intriguing features of this particular speculative instrument, but perhaps the most compelling reason to trade WTI futures is the deep liquidity that it provides. There are more than 900,000 crude oil futures contracts being executed daily. This makes it extremely easy for traders to enter and exit the market whenever they want. Add to that the 7.5 million lots/barrels of open interest occurring on the market daily and traders have all that they could ask for in a trading instrument.

    Brent Crude Oil

    Known as Last Day Financial futures, Brent crude oil futures operate quite differently than normal crude oil prices. The futures contracts are essentially an outright crude oil contract between the seller and the buyer. Based on international benchmark grade North Sea crude oil, Brent crude oil is also used as a differential trade to the popular light sweet crude oil futures contracts.

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    There are approximately 500,000 barrels of Brent crude oil being produced each day. Mostly refined in Northwest Europe, a significant amount of Brent crude oil makes its way to the east coast of the U.S., the Gulf of Mexico, and the Mediterranean, where companies utilize spot trades with no formal contracts outlining terms.

    Based on the ICE Brent Crude Oil Futures, these futures trades are financially settled and are traded for clearing only, using off-exchange as an exchange of futures for physicals (EFP) and an exchange of futures for swaps (EFS).

    Heating Oil Futures

    Heating oil is also known as Number 2 oil or a distillate. During the crude oil refining process, approximately 50 percent becomes gasoline and 25 percent becomes heating oil. The major refineries in the Gulf States produce nearly 85 percent of the heating oil used in the U.S., while the rest is imported from Venezuela and Canada.

    When trading heating oil futures contracts, it is critical to watch the weather in the northeast during the winter months, since this is where most of the heating oil is used. During these winter months sharp rises and active rallies can often provide lucrative opportunities for traders. However, the key to profiting on heating oil futures during this time period is looking for unseasonably cold periods where demand for heating oil increases. Also, keep in mind that heating oil usually follows the price movement of crude oil.

    Gasoil Futures

    The ICE Gasoil future contract is the largest petroleum futures contract in the world. Originally introduced in 1981, the ICE Gasoil futures contract has become the premier refined oil pricing reference around the world today. Similar to the ICE Crude Oil WTI, it offers traders deep liquidity and the versatility offered by a global leader.

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