The U.S. government devalued oil prices on January 28, 1981, causing WTI`s physical spot crude oil market to fall. Under the previous U.S. Emergency Petroleum Allocation Act of 1973, WTI crude oil was traded under a multitude of spot prices, divided into different categories defined by price controls. As a result of lower prices, WTI crude oil was traded at spot prices in Cushing, Oklahoma, Midland, Texas and Houston (particularly on the East Houston magellan “MEH” terminal).   The fall in oil prices between 1985 and 1986 significantly reduced local oil production around Cushing and associated Gulf Coast oil reserves with crude oil deliveries to the Cushing region and the ITC market. The growth of the ITC spot market has been associated with the growth of the ITC futures market. WTI`s volatility in spot prices leads to the development of WTI futures, while the acceptance by manufacturers and refiners of WTI futures as hedging instruments led to the global introduction of WTI-weighted spot physical prices as a benchmark price for crude oil.  WTI is not the most widely used benchmark in the world, this honour goes to Brent, where two-thirds of the world`s oil contracts use Brent as a benchmark.
Both, however, are considered high-quality oils, making them the world`s two main oil benchmarks. As noted above, WTI`s sulphur content is 0.24%, while Brent has a sulphur content of 0.37%. The lower the sulphur content of an oil, the easier it is to refine, making it more attractive. A sulphur content of less than 0.5% is considered sweet. The WTI is ideal for gasoline while Brent is ideal for diesel. Data “like these” is provided only for informational purposes and is not intended for commercial purposes. FactSet (a) does not provide any explicit or implied guarantees with respect to the data, including, but not exclusively, any guarantee of cleavage or suitability for a specific use or use; and b) is not responsible for errors, incompleteness, interruption or delay, measures taken in trust in the data or resulting damage. Data may be deliberately delayed due to supplier requirements. WTI futures contracts are linked to physical deliveries to the ITC`s physical spot market and, therefore, wtI futures prices should be reconciled with the physical conditions of the spot market and ITC prices. Since deliveries to the payment of a maturing WTI futures contract are also cash transactions, which can be included in the prices valued at the PRA, unusual futures transactions could stimulate WTI spot prices and assessed prices. This is what happened on April 20, 2020, when WTI futures pushed both ITC and ASCI prices into negative territories.
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