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Traders prepare for Mexico oil hedge

Monday, July 22, 2019

Trading in crude oil options and futures surged last week as market participants prepared for Mexico’s annual oil hedging program, in which the country buys as much as $1 billion in contracts to protect its oil revenues.

The hedge is the market’s largest and most secretive financial oil deal. This year, Mexico has faced several challenges in executing the hedge and timing has become a crucial factor, Reuters reports.