LONDON, United Kingdom – Oil prices fell into negative territory in New York trading on Monday, April 20, for the first time ever, with the coronavirus pandemic slashing demand and creating a supply glut.
Here we look back at a tumultuous 6-week period for black gold.
At the start of a two-day meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and their "OPEC+" partners including Russia, the price of crude falls below $50 dollars a barrel for the first time since 2017.
For comparison, it reached a record $145 a barrel in 2008.
The price of oil drops by 10% after the OPEC talks break up without agreement, Russia refusing to reduce their oil output in order to boost the market.
The price of oil on the United States and London markets continues to fall to levels unseen since 2002, with the US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) price dipping below $20 dollars a barrel.
The crude price rebounds by a historic 25% after US President Donald Trump hints that Riyadh and Moscow plan to end their price war with a sharp reduction in output.
Prices rise another 10% on optimism that an end to the price war is imminent.
The price for WTI for May delivery ends trading at -$37.63 a barrel ahead of the close on Tuesday, April 21, for futures contracts – when traders who buy and sell the commodity for profit would have had to take physical possession of it.
"It's a contract for something that nobody wants to buy," said Matt Smith of ClipperData. – Rappler.com