Article / 22 December 2014 at 7:45 GMT

COT: Bullish bets on WTI crude oil raised to 4-month high

Head of Commodity Strategy / Saxo Bank
By Ole Hansen

Hedge funds continued to buy WTI crude oil futures during the week ending December 16 despite a 12 percent drop in price. Overall it was a mixed week for the 24 commodities tracked in this report with the total net-long falling by just 8,000 lots to 931,000 with gains in energy (WTI crude) and grains (wheat) being offset by losses in metals (silver), livestock (hogs) and not least softs (sugar).

Speculative position in Commodities
Just like we have seen during the previous few weeks of heavy losses in crude oil, hedge funds have continued to buy into the weakness as they look for a bottom in the market. So far they have failed to find it with the net-long having risen by 55,700 lots since November 25 and during this time the price has collapsed by one-quarter.

As the graph below shows, the rising net-long has been driven by a combination of shorts being reduced and longs being added.

Speculative position in WTI Crude
A sharp rise in Russian food inflation as a result of sanctions and a tumbling ruble has led to worries about an export ban on Russian wheat. This fear drove the price of CBOT wheat up by 6.4 percent and it triggered some additional short covering. As a result we saw the net-long position rise to a seven month high on speculation that export demand for US wheat may rise.


— Edited by Clare MacCarthy

Ole Hansen is head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank

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