Dow Jones Mini Speculators increased bullish net positions this week

February 3, 2018

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Dow Jones Mini Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large stock market speculators boosted their net positions in the Dow Jones Mini futures markets this week, according to the latest Commitment of Traders (COT) data released by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Friday.

The non-commercial futures contracts of Dow Jones Mini futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 66,129 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday January 30th. This was a weekly rise of 3,818 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 62,311 net contracts.

Speculative positions have risen for three out of the past four weeks and for five out of the past seven weeks. Despite the recent bullishness of spec positions, the current level is off by almost 30,000 contracts from the recent peak of +95,721 net contracts on September 26th 2017.


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Dow Jones Mini Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -81,088 contracts on the week. This was a weekly decrease of -3,997 contracts from the total net of -77,091 contracts reported the previous week.

DIA ETF:

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the DIA ETF, which tracks the price of Dow Jones Index, closed at approximately $260.62 which was a shortfall of $-1.25 from the previous close of $261.87, according to unofficial market data.

*COT Report: The COT data, released weekly to the public each Friday, is updated through the most recent Tuesday (data is 3 days old) and shows a quick view of how large speculators or non-commercials (for-profit traders) as well as the commercial traders (hedgers & traders for business purposes) were positioned in the futures markets. The CFTC categorizes trader positions according to commercial hedgers (traders who use futures contracts for hedging as part of the business), non-commercials (large traders who speculate to realize trading profits) and nonreportable traders (usually small traders/speculators). Find CFTC criteria here: (http://www.cftc.gov/MarketReports/CommitmentsofTraders/ExplanatoryNotes/index.htm).

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