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    Churn baby churn!  300,000 contracts traded 116,000 times so far (much more into close) – all to net out 11,000 contracts since yesterday.  Yet it's not considered a crime…

     

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    Current Session Prior Day Opt's
    Open High Low Last Time Set Chg Vol Set Op Int
    May'13 92.33 93.34 92.33 93.18 14:04
    Mar 22

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    0.73 116952 92.45 300278 Call Put
    Jun'13 92.68 93.62 92.64 93.44 14:04
    Mar 22

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    0.67 27523 92.77 167962 Call Put
    Jul'13 93.05 93.80 92.89 93.63 14:04
    Mar 22

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    0.64 18109 92.99 120731 Call Put
    Aug'13 93.21 93.79 93.01 93.61 14:04
    Mar 22

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    0.59 6257 93.02 74083 Call Put

    $93.50 on the button, by the way – back to being too tempting not to short but very risky, of course (/CL).  

    By the way – here's how Obama can break the NYMEX speculators in 30 days if he wants to:

    The SPR has 800Mb of oil in it and we are, in fact, able to deliver them (that's the point) so all he has to do is accept those 300,000,000 barrels worth of orders at $92.50 ($27.75Bn) and then refuse to buy back the contracts.  By the end of the month, traders will either go nuts trying to find buyers (like FCOJ in Trading Places) or they'll be forced to take delivery of 300M extra barrels of oil during May, which would give us average weekly inventory builds of 75Mb.  

    We'd still have 500Mb in the SPR and, realistically, the oil is still in the US – so it's not like we lost it and, if you wanted to be doubly sure you could restock the SPR, we could also hedge with some 2015 Futures, as they are only $86.51 anyway.  

     

    Dec'15 86.90 86.90 86.37 86.46 14:13
    Mar 22

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    -0.05 1925 86.51 59264 Call Put

    I think it would only take one or two months of ramming $5-10Bn losses down the throats of the speculators to put a stop to this nonsense and, if oil crashes and we make an extra $15Bn from selling it – that would be nice too.  



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