Crude's wild ride

Hedge funds and commodity futures traders built up long positions on WTI futures in the week to April 21, the day after prices for the front-month contract dropped to -$38.10 a barrel. Data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission shows participants labelled “money managers”, a category that covers commodity trading advisers, commodity pool operators and hedge funds, were long 324,667 contracts on April 21, the most since January 7 and almost 10% up on the week prior.

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