VIX Speculators raised their bullish net positions for 3rd week

April 7, 2018

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VIX Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large volatility speculators boosted their bullish net positions in the VIX futures markets for a third straight week 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 VIX futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 79,102 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday April 3rd. This was a weekly lift of 4,362 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 74,740 net contracts.

Speculative bullish positions have now risen to the highest level since the February 6th volatility spike when stock markets dropped and inverse VIX ETNs blew up.


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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 -80,581 contracts on the week. This was a weekly fall of -1,704 contracts from the total net of -78,877 contracts reported the previous week.

VIX:

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the VIX, which tracks the volatility of the S&P500, closed at approximately $21.41 which was a decline of $-1.09 from the previous close of $22.50, 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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