Oil prices have joined bond yields in doing the unthinkable: trading at negative levels. In the case of oil, the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) May 2020 contract reached a low of -$40.32 at 2:24 pm on Monday, April 20, before rallying back to finish the day at -$15.92 per barrel. This marked the first time in history oil prices broke below zero. How could this have happened and what are the implications for crude markets in the short, medium, and long term?
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