27 February 2017
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WTI longs hit another record level

Investors keep piling into long positions despite a lack of movement in prices

By Edward Bell


Investor positioning in WTI hit another record for net length, its fifth week running for hitting a new high level in data going back to mid-2006. Longs (including ICE WTI holdings) outnumber shorts by a ratio of nearly 9 to 1 yet WTI prices have only moved 0.5% higher year-to-date. So far backwardation in the WTI curve has not widened as early or as far as it has in Brent but it has crept forward several months from where it was one month ago. December time-spreads remain more muted than in the Brent curve but they have consistently widened since mid February.

Speculators added net length to Brent positions for the second week running, the first two weeks on the trot since early December. Long dated backwardation in Brent is hovering around USD 2/b for the Dec 17/19 spreads. This level of backwardation for second year ahead December spreads last showed up just as the market was entering into freefall in mid 2014. However, the market is in a far tighter position at the moment than it was at that time, not least thanks to OPEC's production cuts. 

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Edward Bell Head of Market Economics

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