USO United States Oil Fund LP
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USO Fund Description
The United States Oil Fund holds near-month NYMEX futures contracts on WTI crude oil.
USO FactSet Analytics Insight
USO, among the largest and most liquid oil
“a great vehicle for riding short-term moves in crude prices” ETPs available, delivers its exposure to oil using near-month futures. USO's huge asset base waves away closure risk, and its massive liquidity makes trading a snap. USO gets exposure to oil using derivatives, like all oil ETPs. Derivative returns can vary greatly from spot oil prices, but spot oil is uninvestable. USO holds front-month futures contracts on WTI, rolling into the next contract every month, just like our segment benchmark. This method is particularly sensitive to short-term changes in spot prices, but can also result in heavy roll costs. That makes USO a great vehicle for riding short-term moves in crude prices, but long-term holders may want to look at other options.
USO is structured as a commodities pool, so expect a K-1 at tax time. Long-term holders will get taxed on any gains even if they didn’t sell shares. Alternatively, investors could also consider OIL, which follows the same strategy in an ETN wrapper. In all, USO does a great job of capturing the performance of the near-term oil futures market at a low all-in cost, earning it our Analyst Pick designation.
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This measurement shows how easy it is to trade a $1 million USD block of USO. USO is rated a 5 out of 5.