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How to Play Tuesday's Collapse in Oil Prices

Jim Collins

After some back-and-forth with TheStreet founder Jim Cramer about his "oil is crashing, it's going to $40/barrel call" in early-November, I can't describe Tuesday's 8% plunge as anything but a crash. The Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee will conclude its two-day meeting Wednesday and issue a statement at 2 p.m. So as the oil pits are closing Wednesday Fed Chair Jerome Powell will be in the middle of his all-important post-statement press conference. Very few oil futures contracts (I believe the number is much lower than 10%) live to see physical settlement at the Cushing, Okla., hub, so don't be confused.