Oil Enthusiasts Stay Out of Rally Led by Shrinking Bearish Bets

28 Mar 2016   Prices

Oil enthusiasts haven’t been jumping on board the latest rally. As crude has soared 50 percent since Feb. 11, the number of bets on increased prices has barely budged. Instead, the upward pressure on prices appears to have come from traders cashing out of bearish wagers at an unprecedented pace. The liquidation of short positions during the last seven weeks covered by data from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission was the largest on record. “The rally has come from shorts getting scared out of their positions, and you’re not seeing a lot of money coming in on the long side,” said John Kilduff, partner at Again Capital LLC, a New York hedge fund focused on energy. “It really calls into question the fortitude and staying power of the rally.” There has been plenty of bullish news to stoke the rebound. About 15 or 16 oil-exporting countries will attend […]

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