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    Futures Contracts: Gains or Losses from Future Positions

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    An oil refining company enters into 1,000 long one-month crude oil futures contracts on NYMEX at a futures price of $43 per barrel. At maturity of the contract, the company rolls half of its position forward into new one-month futures and closes the remaining half. At this point, the spot price of oil is $44 per barrel, and the new one-month futures price is $43.50 per barrel. At maturity of this second contract, the company closes out its remaining position. Assume the spot price at this point is $46 per barrel. Ignoring interest, what are the company's gains or losses from its futures positions?

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    The solution discusses gains and losses from a company's future positions.