Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bloomberg: Talk of $100 Oil Returns as Options Jump Most in 3 Months

Oil’s return to $100 has become the biggest bet in the crude options market.

The price of options to buy December 2011 futures at $100 a barrel jumped 14 percent on Nov. 24, the largest one day gain in three months, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. So called open interest for the contract has risen 51 percent this year to 45,424 lots, the highest for any crude option on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The increase in trading of $100 options shows some investors anticipate oil will rise at least 19 percent to levels last reached in 2008. While crude is up 5.5 percent this year as the economy recovers, Morgan Stanley said Nov. 1 that prices will reach $100 next year as spare production capacity shrinks. At the same time, BNP Paribas SA said Nov. 18 further price gains “will be difficult” as the Federal Reserve seeks to revive the U.S. economy through an extended stimulus program and Europe struggles to contain its sovereign debt crisis.

“The tug of war in oil prices continues as the short term debt market concerns obscure improving oil market fundamentals,” Lawrence Eagles, global head of commodities research at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York, said in a Nov. 26 report.

Futures for January delivery on the Nymex snapped two weeks of declines last week, rising 2.8 percent to $83.76 a barrel as of Nov. 26. Options contracts that give investors the right to buy December 2011 futures at $100 a barrel rose to $5.55 on Nov. 24, from $4.87 the day before, the largest increase since Aug. 27, Bloomberg data show. They have averaged $6.40 this year and ended last week at $5.46.......Read the entire article.


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