Hedge Fund Liquidation Rumors As Oil Plummets

Feb 21 2013 | 4:32pm ET

Rumors of a hedge fund collapse helped send oil yesterday to its worst day of the year so far.

The price of crude oil dropped more than $2 per barrel late yesterday morning amidst word that a troubled hedge fund was liquidating big commodity positions. The sharp decline appeared to be the result of multiple sell-stop orders triggered in rapid succession.

Oil prices had been up $10 per barrel during the first six weeks of the year.

"We hadn't seen a move like that in quite some time, so the move seemed pretty legit" MMC Trading's Matthew Cacciotti told Forbes. "10,000 lots traded in a minute, then some moments later we saw another 6,000 lots, that feels like a liquidation."


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