Flood of oil ETF investors reshaping market, analysts say

Investors stampeded into exchange-traded funds tied to crude oil futures in early 2015. Analysts say the huge inflows halted the plunge in oil prices, at least temporarily, and enabled significant producer hedging. But not everyone agrees

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Some analysts have started asking: are ETFs propping up the price of oil?

The crash in oil prices in late 2014 and early 2015 challenged long-standing assumptions about the workings of the oil market and prompted a number of tough questions. How will Saudi Arabia respond to low prices? Are US shale producers now setting the marginal price of a barrel of oil? And, above all, has the market reached the bottom yet?

In recent months, as prices have levelled off, some analysts have started asking another intriguing question: are exchange-traded funds (ETFs) propping up the

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