Crude Traders Raise Bets on Price Rise, CFTC Data Show

Hedge-fund managers and other large speculators increased their net-long position in crude-oil futures in the week ended Aug. 26, according to Commodity Futures Trading Commission data.

Managed money bets that prices will rise, in futures and options combined, outnumbered short positions by 189,753 futures, the Washington-based regulator said in its weekly

Each Friday the CFTC publishes aggregate numbers for long and short positions for speculators such as hedge funds and institutional investors, as well as commercial companies that buy or sell futures to protect against price moves. Analysts and investors follow changes in speculators’ positions because such transactions can reflect an expectation of a change in prices.

— With assistance by Alaric Nightingale

(Corrects headline, first and second paragraphs to show managed money net long positions increased in story published Aug. 29.)
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