MCX Commences Futures Trading in Crude Mini

MCX Commences Futures Trading in Crude Mini

Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX), today, commenced futures trading in crude oil mini. The commodity markets regulator, Forward Markets Commission (FMC), has given the Exchange approval to offer trading in crude oil mini January 2015, February 2015, March 2015, April 2015, May 2015 and June 2015 contracts.

The contract specification of crude oil mini is similar to the existing crude oil contract on MCX. The lot size of Crude oil mini is 10 barrels.

With crude oil consumption as well as its price volatility rising, lack of effective risk management such as crude oil futures can hurt the earnings of entities linked directly or indirectly with the commodity. Moreover, MCX crude oil futures are traded in Indian Rupee; thus, mitigating the currency risk of the trade circuit.  Therefore, by hedging on the MCX platform, the crude oil value chain participants can avoid risks encountered while hedging on international exchanges platforms.

There is a growing demand from the industry, especially the SME segment for crude mini contracts, which would help them hedge their energy price exposures. The crude oil mini contracts will facilitate price discovery and price risk management for the SMEs, small traders, manufacturers and physical market participants especially those from industries such as petro chemical,  glass manufacturing, textile, heat treatment, plastic processing, etc., which have a fairly large consumption of crude oil by-products.

Increasing volatility in the crude oil prices has made it imperative for the SMEs to look at price risk management options. They prefer small contract of 10 barrel viś-a-viś the existing 100 barrel contract as its sheer size necessitates higher leverage (1 barrel approximately equals 159 litres).

MCX’s existing mini contracts in Gold, Silver, Aluminium, Copper, Nickel, Lead and Zinc are very popular with the hedgers, especially the SMEs.

About MCX:

Having commenced operations on November 10, 2003, Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited (MCX) is India’s first listed, national-level, electronic, commodity futures exchange with permanent recognition from the Government of India. MCX offers the benefits of fair price discovery and price risk management to the Indian commodity market ecosystem.  Various commodities across segments are traded on MCX. These include bullion, energy, metals and agri commodities. The exchange has forged strategic alliances with various Indian and International commodity exchanges and business associations. 

Source: Business Wire India


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