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Hedge Funds Greet 2016 by Curbing Bullish Oil Bets to 5-Year Low

  • Speculators cut net-long positions 24% in week to Jan. 5: CFTC
  • U.S. benchmark crude drops to the lowest since February 2004
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Big Oil Prepped for Price Woes by Aiming Low: Clint

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Money managers began the new year by reducing wagers on rising oil prices to the lowest level in more than five years.

Oil tumbled in the first days of 2016 as a global glut outweighed an increase in tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The decline accelerated as turmoil in China’s markets bolstered concern that an economic slowdown in the world’s biggest commodity-consuming nation is worsening.