ICE Futures U.S.

Crude Diff - WTI vs Brent Bullet Options

Crude Diff - WTI vs Brent Bullet Options11522780


A monthly cash settled option based on the difference between the ICE daily settlement price for WTI Futures contract and the ICE daily settlement price for Brent Futures contract.

Market Specifications

Trading Screen Product Name
Crude Diff Futures
Trading Screen Hub Name
WTI Bullet/Brent Bullet
Commodity Code
Contract Size
1,000 barrels
Unit of Trading
Any multiple of 1,000 barrels
US Dollars and cents
Trading Price Quotation
One cent ($0.01) per barrel
Settlement Price Quotation
One tenth of one cent ($0.001) per barrel
Minimum Price Fluctuation
One tenth of one cent ($0.001) per barrel
Last Trading Day
Trading shall end one Business Day prior to the Expiration Date of the ICE Brent Crude Futures Contract
Option Style
Options are European-style and will be automatically exercised on the expiry day if they are “in-the-money”. The future resulting from exercise immediately goes to cash settlement relieving market participants of the need to concern themselves with liquidation or exercise issues. If an option is “out-of-the-money” it will expire automatically. It is not permitted to exercise the option on any other day or in any other circumstances than the Last Trading Day. No manual exercise is permitted.
19:30 London Time (14:30 EST).

Automatic exercise settings are pre-set to exercise contracts which are one minimum price fluctuation or more 'in the money' with reference to the relevant reference price. Members cannot override automatic exercise settings or manually enter exercise instructions for this contract.

The reference price will be a price in USD and cents per barrel based on the difference of the applicable ICE WTI Crude Futures contract and the ICE Brent Crude Futures contract series. When exercised against, the Clearing House, at its discretion, selects sellers against which to exercise on a pro-rata basis.
Option Premium / Daily Margin
The WTI/Brent Crude Oil Spread Options are premium-paid-upfront options. The traded premium will therefore be debited by the Clearing House from the Buyer and credited to the Seller on the morning of the Business Day following the day of trade. Members who are long premium-paid-upfront options will receive a Net Liquidating Value (NLV) credit to the value of the premium which is then used to offset the initial margin requirement flowing from both these options and positions in other energy contracts. Members who are short premium-paid-upfront options will receive an NLV debit in addition to their initial margin requirement. NLV is calculated daily with reference to the settlement price of the option.
Strike Price Intervals
This contract will support Custom Option Strikes with strikes in increments of $0.01 within a range of -$100 to +$100. This range may be revised from time to time according to futures price movements. The “at-the-money” strike price is the closest interval nearest to the previous business day's settlement price of the underlying contract.
Contract Series
Up to 36 consecutive months
Final Payment Date
Two Clearing House Business Days following the Last Trading Day.
Business Days
Publication days for ICE
MIC Code
Clearing Venues

Trading Hours

New York7:50 PM - 6:00 PM*
19:50 - 18:00
7:40 PM
London12:50 AM - 11:00 PM*
00:50 - 23:00
12:40 AM
Singapore7:50 AM - 6:00 AM*
07:50 - 06:00
7:40 AM

*Next Day

Sunday Pre-Open 5:10 PM ET; Closed on Saturday


Clearing Admin Name
Am Crude Diffs
R&N A.C.N.