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On the spot-futures relationship in crude-refined petroleum prices: New evidence from an ARDL bounds testing approach

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This paper studies the relationship between spot and futures prices of crude and refined petroleum for the period spanning from January 2007 to April 2015. It investigates long-run and short-run elasticities and causality using the ARDL bounds testing approach and vector error correction model. Main finding confirm the existence of long-run equilibrium relationships among spot-futures prices. The short and long-run elasticities exist between spot and futures prices and between crude and refined oil prices except for gasoline, with merely great dependence in the short-run. The speed of adjustment to the long-run equilibrium is overall moderate, but is faster for refined oil (compared to crude oil) on spot markets (compared to futures markets). Short run causality tests prove that futures prices lead spot prices for refined oil and that short run and long run causalities reveal that oil markets are inefficient in the short-run, but they become efficient in the long-run.

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  • Arfaoui, Mongi, 2018. "On the spot-futures relationship in crude-refined petroleum prices: New evidence from an ARDL bounds testing approach," Journal of Commodity Markets, Elsevier, vol. 11(C), pages 48-58.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jocoma:v:11:y:2018:i:c:p:48-58
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jcomm.2018.04.001
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    Petroleum products; Futures prices; ARDL; Structural break; Weak-strong causality;
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    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • Q02 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Commodity Market

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