Hedge Funds Oil Egypt

Hedge Funds Oil Egypt

Bearish Hedge Funds Suffer as Price of Oil Climbs

Hedge funds managers that were bearish on oil are now kicking themselves as the price of oil climbs. Last week, hedge funds cut back bullish oil bets by the most in two months. Then, the anti-government protests in Egypt made the price of oil spike by the most since 2009.
The funds and other large speculators reduced net-long positions, or wagers on rising oil prices, by 18 percent in the seven days ended Jan. 25, according to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s weekly Commitments of Traders report. That turned into a losing bet as prices surged at the end of the week.

Oil jumped 4.3 percent Jan. 28, erasing the week’s losses, as protesters called for the end of the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak, sparking speculation of more turmoil in the region. The volume of oil futures soared to a record in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Shares in the $1.8 billion U.S. Oil Fund, the largest exchange-traded fund in the fuel, hit an eight-month high.

“The people who were selling earlier in the week obviously lost,” said Michael Lynch, president of Strategic Energy & Economic Research in Winchester, Massachusetts. “There are a lot of black swan moments that send the market jumping one way or the other very suddenly, wiping out any gains.” Source

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