Negative prices for oil? Here’s what that means

BLOOMBERG 🔒| Stores never pay shoppers to take their goods away, but in extreme circumstances some businesses do, though generally in a very limited way. What’s happened in the oil market, however, was a massive and unprecedented negative swing, as the price on some futures contracts for West Texas crude fell to minus $37.63 a barrel. A collapse in petroleum demand from pandemic-driven lockdowns, a price war among the world’s largest producers that flooded the market, storage facilities nearing their capacities and the monthly rhythms of the futures market all played a role in the jaw-dropping development.


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