— John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own —

By John Kemp

LONDON, May 25 (Reuters) – The standard analysis of speculators’ positions in crude oil markets is highly misleading. By focusing only on futures and options positions in physically-settled NYMEX light sweet oil it ignores important and financially equivalent positions in other WTI-linked derivatives as well as positions on the rival ICE market in London.