West Texas Intermediate - WTI

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DEFINITION of 'West Texas Intermediate - WTI'

Light, sweet crude oil commonly referred to as "oil" in the Western world. WTI is the underlying commodity of the New York Merchantile Exchange's oil futures contracts.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'West Texas Intermediate - WTI'

WTI is considered a "sweet" crude because it is about 0.24% sulfur, a lower concentration than North Sea Brent crude. WTI is high quality oil that is easily refined.

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