VIX Speculators lowered their bullish net positions for 3rd week

March 3, 2018

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VIX Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large volatility speculators decreased their bullish net positions in the VIX futures markets this week for a third straight 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 VIX futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 34,383 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday February 27th. This was a weekly decline of -25,167 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 59,550 net contracts.

Speculative positions had spiked four weeks ago along with the selloff in the stock markets with a gain of +145,175 net positions but have been decreasing ever since with an overall decline of -51,435 net contracts in the three weeks since.

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VIX Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -42,613 contracts on the week. This was a weekly rise of 15,879 contracts from the total net of -58,492 contracts reported the previous week.


Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the VIX, which tracks the volatility of the S&P500, closed at approximately 18.59 which was a decrease of -2.01 from the previous close of 20.60, 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: (

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