Swing trading involves buying a security and holding it for a short time period that ranges from a few minutes up to four days. Crude oil swing traders rely on short-term changes in supply and demand and technical analysis to determine the market’s trend. Swing traders buy a futures contract if the market is trending up and sell if the market trends down. Crude oil futures swing traders benefit from crude oil’s volatility and will close out a trade when it makes a small profit. Swing trading is very risky, and traders can lose money quickly if the market unexpectedly moves against them.