Current Delivery

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Current Delivery

Among several different futures contracts, the one with the shortest maturity. For example, given three futures contracts, one expiring in March, one in June, and one in September, the current deliver is the one expiring in March. It is also called the nearby deliver. See also: Most distant futures contract.
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The A69 east to Newcastle and west to Carlisle is close and the nearbys A68 has links North and South.
The futures curve plotting crude benchmark delivery months on the horizontal and crude price per barrel on the vertical is becoming more contango, with farther back delivery months increasing in price against the nearbys.
There is also the impact in terms of the distress and annoyance to those who have to live nearbys," the judge added.
But the nearbys gaining more than the back contracts is a signal of markets reacting more to an increase in current pricing opportunities, rather than their shifting to a firm belief in economic recovery being underway.
The back months all show price increases over the nearbys, also indicating the market is anticipating slow but steady demand increases.
A look at the farther back futures contracts provides the explanation: All the back months are strongly higher than the nearbys.
Rising cash or spot prices are influenced by future expectations; but today, with falling prices, we see a strong contango pattern, with back delivery month prices far higher than the nearbys.
WTI contracts for delivery farther out in time are also higher than the nearbys, with 2016 delivery at $92.
However, all the more distant delivery contract months were priced above the nearbys, indicating some confidence that future demand will again push prices upward.
The back crude contracts continued to lose against the nearbys, inverting the forward curve once again and indicating that markets think any difficulties will not be with us in two to five years.
The back months also gained this week, but not as much as the nearbys.
Natural gas futures contract prices are in a backwardation pattern, with the back contracts lower priced than the nearbys.