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Oil Plunges Below Zero for First Time in Unprecedented Wipeout

  • U.S. crude trades at lowest level in data going back to 1946
  • Crude in U.S. trades more than $40 below zero at lowest level
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Oil Prices Will Remain Low in Short-Term: Goldman Sachs’ Tilton
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Of all the wild, unprecedented swings in financial markets since the coronavirus pandemic broke out, none has been more jaw-dropping than Monday’s collapse in a key segment of U.S. oil trading.

The price on the futures contract for West Texas crude that is due to expire Tuesday fell into negative territory -- minus $37.63 a barrel. The reason: with the pandemic bringing the economy to a standstill, there is so much unused oil sloshing around that American energy companies have run out of room to store it. And if there’s no place to put the oil, no one wants a crude contract that is about to come due.