Prompt U.S. Crude Futures Jump to Steep Premium Over Later-Dated Contracts

The premium for prompt U.S. crude futures to the second-month contract more than doubled on Tuesday, hitting a high of $1.71 a barrel – its widest level in roughly four months. The structure, known as backwardation, occurs when the front-month contract is at a premium to later-dated contracts and can indicate tightness in the market. … Read more