WTI crude, or West Texas light oil, is vital in North America, traded on NYMEX. Found across the US, delivered in Cushing, OK. Trade via futures.
The full name of WTI is West Texas Intermediate, also known as Texas Light Sweet in English. Light here refers to low density; sweet refers to the low sulfur content of this type of crude oil. WTI is particularly suitable for refining gasoline and diesel. It is produced in North America and serves as the benchmark for crude oil pricing in North America. The WTI production area is distributed in multiple states in the United States (including Texas, North Dakota, etc.), mainly refining in the Midwest and Gulf Coast regions. The main trading hub of WTI is Cushing, Oklahoma, which is also the delivery location for crude oil contracts.
WTI crude oil is one of the most important crude oil varieties in the United States, and its production and quality have a significant impact on the global oil market. WTI crude oil has a superior geographical location and is easy to transport and export; therefore, it has high liquidity and wide acceptance in the international market. Trading and pricing mainly occur on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) in the United States.
WTI crude oil is a high-quality, lightweight, and low-sulfur crude oil with relatively low density and viscosity. Its origin is mainly in the western region of Texas, United States; hence, it is named West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil. The quality of WTI crude oil makes it easier to extract into gasoline, diesel, and other petrochemical products, making it highly favored by the market.
As an important component of the international crude oil market, the price of WTI crude oil is influenced by various factors. This includes factors such as global supply and demand, geopolitical risks, economic conditions, weather changes, and financial markets. The fluctuations in crude oil prices have a significant impact on the global economy and energy markets; therefore, the trading activities of WTI crude oil have attracted much attention.
All crude oil produced or sold in the United States is priced based on light and low-sulfur WTI. WTI crude oil has futures and spot contracts; some trading platforms directly represent it with WTI; and some codes are crude or USOil.
The futures contract for WTI crude oil is traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange, with a contract unit of 1000 barrels of crude oil per barrel and a contract term of one month. Investors and traders can participate in the price fluctuations of WTI crude oil through trading contracts. This type of futures trading provides risk management and speculative opportunities for the crude oil market, as well as a way for energy consumers to discover prices and purchase protection.
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