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Concerns over the pace of crude oil stockpiling is causing fluctuations in the price of US crude oil.
Let's say our US crude oil August 12 CFD price is 78.80/78.86 (sell price/buy price). US crude oil bet per is 0.01.
You think that demand for US crude oil is rising, and expecting prices to rally, decide to buy (go long) 2 CFDs at 78.86 (buy price).
You were right: Over the coming days, the price of US crude oil rises on surging demand. When prices reach 80.10, you decide to cash in your profits. We are now quoting a US crude oil CFD price of 80.10/80.16. To close your trade, you now sell 2 CFDs at 80.10.
Result: You bought at 78.86 and sold at 80.10, representing a 124-point movement in your favour, which at your trade size of 2 CFDs nets you a profit of $248 (80.10 – 78.86 x 2 CFDs).
Alternative scenario: If however, you were wrong and US crude oil prices had fallen to 77.62, you would net a $248 loss (78.86 - 77.62 x 2 CFDs).
You think that US crude oil stock piles are outpacing demand, and expecting prices to fall, decide to sell (go short) 2 CFDs at 78.80 (sell price).
You were right: Over the coming days, the price of US crude oil falls on weakening demand. When prices reach 77.54, you decide to cash in your profits. We are now quoting a US crude oil CFD price of 77.48/77.54. To close your trade, you now buy back 2 CFDs at 77.54.
Result: You sold at 78.80 and bought back at 77.54, which represents a 126-point movement in your favour, which at your trade size of 2 CFDs, nets you a profit* of $252 (78.80 – 77.54 x 2 CFDs) (note US crude oil bet per is 0.01).
Alternative scenario: If, however, you were wrong and US crude oil prices had risen to 80.06, you would net a $252 loss (80.06 - 78.80 x 2 CFDs).
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