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Speculators raise U.S. crude oil net longs-CFTC

Money managers raised their net long U.S. crude futures and options positions in the week to October 5, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said on Friday.

The speculator group raise its combined futures and options position in New York and London by 8,902 contracts to 325,578 during the period.

The data below exclude trader positions in the NYMEX financial crude oil futures contract, which is normally included in our aggregate calculations. The data were not provided by the CFTC this week.

Selected categories from the CFTC weekly Commitment of Traders report:

FUTURES + OPTIONS        Managed                 Swaps              Producer
                             Net        Chg        Net        Chg        Net        Chg
NYMEX Crude              316,157     18,115   -558,535    -19,320     27,362     -9,338
ICE WTI crude              9,421     -9,213    -98,442        902     93,614     23,962
                      ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
Total                    325,578      8,902   -656,977    -18,418    120,976     14,624

RBOB                      60,961      8,651     40,026     -4,616    -98,024     -3,765
Heating oil               47,898      3,357     70,592       -224   -139,082     -6,617

                           Other             NonReport                  Open
                             Net        Chg        Net        Chg   Interest        Chg
NYMEX Crude              167,354     11,125     47,661       -583  3,068,134    159,772
ICE WTI crude             -4,972    -16,247        380        596    749,573     25,502
                      ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
Total                    162,382     -5,122     48,041         13  3,817,707    185,274

RBOB                     -10,833       -556      7,870        288    318,347     -6,627
Heating oil               -9,278     -1,903     29,870      5,388    451,645      9,184
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FUTURES ONLY             Managed                 Swaps              Producer
                             Net        Chg        Net        Chg        Net        Chg
NYMEX Crude              278,106     20,189   -462,629    -14,792     19,370     -9,587
ICE WTI crude              9,602     -8,837    -91,605        563     92,674     24,154
                      ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
Total                    287,708     11,352   -554,234    -14,229    112,044     14,567
RBOB                      60,881      8,746     38,726     -4,657    -97,566     -3,506
Heating oil               47,688      3,309     71,947        159   -138,832     -6,687

                           Other             NonReport                  Open
                             Net        Chg        Net        Chg   Interest        Chg
NYMEX Crude              120,201      4,304     44,952       -114  2,230,794     55,595
ICE WTI crude            -11,621    -16,245        950        365    556,971      2,681
                      ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
Total                    108,580    -11,941     45,902        251  2,787,765     58,276
RBOB                      -9,829       -871      7,788        288    314,226     -7,024
Heating oil              -10,140     -2,351     29,337      5,570    440,286      5,358

Source: Reuters (Reporting by NY Energy Desk: 646-223-6050)

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