Top in Crude Near? Oil Speculative Longs at Record High

Top in Crude Near? Oil Speculative Longs at Record High

Over the longer haul, many of us believe that oil is heading higher.  If you subscribe to the peak oil theory, or at least some derivation of it, this trend is basically regarded as fact.

But for the shorter term, oil may be due for some degree of pullback.  Speculative longs on the black goo is at an all-time high, according to our boy David Rosenberg.  From today’s Breakfast With Dave:

We remain long-term secular bulls on commodities, but as the charts below reveal, the net speculative position in gold, oil and copper are far too high right now for comfort. Oil is at a record high in terms of speculative net longs on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Net Speculative Long Position in Oil

Source: Haver Analytics, Gluskin Sheff

Surely, this is because crude is breaking out to new all-time highs, right?  Ummmm, no.

Crude Oil Price Chart 2008 2010While bets on crude going up are at an all-time high, the actual price of crude is still way off 2008 levels. (Source:

Peak oil crowd, beware – if you’re making long bets on crude right now, you’re not alone.