Soybean oil spread with great profit potential

Pavel Hála | Trading ideas | 21. 2. 2013

Today I have one more volatile (and therefore risky) spread. But despite volatility this trade still has a very good RRR (risk reward ratio). The trade I’m talking about is soybean oil interdelivery spread ZLZ13-ZLN13:


Based on the picture above the technical setup is not great but still favorable. Price seems to have found a base between -1.5 and -1.0. More important here is the seasonal setup as you can see in this study on


ZLZ04-ZLN04 is an abnormal year. Take it as a warning that nothing is sure even in spread trading. But for our cause it’s better to hide this year by clicking on it in the legend. We get this picture:


I think seasonal trend is clearly visible now. The spread usually expire near 1.0. Given current price it gives us a nice profit potential of $1200 per contract. Which is nice.

Maybe I haven’t mentioned it in this blog yet but Commitment of Traders is a great tool in commodity futures and spread trading. Especially interdelivery spreads are great for deploying this tool. Our app has comprehensive Commitment of Traders analytics tools. So lets take a look:


This is not a time to write about COT (I will do it later) but even if you don’t know what the COT is you should clearly notice the correlation between the price and corresponding Commercial and Non-commercial position curves. Simply said current COT position distribution is not as good as it was in September last year but still quite favorable for this trade.

Last thing is liquidity which is great for both legs of the spread:


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