Copper Speculators sharply boosted bullish bets to highest since February

June 9, 2018

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Copper Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large metals speculators lifted their bullish net positions in the Copper 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 Copper futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 47,707 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday June 5th. This was a weekly lift of 10,107 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 37,600 net contracts.

Speculative positions saw the largest one-week rise in six weeks and to the highest bullish position since February 6th when the net positions totaled 52,955 contracts. Spec copper positions have now risen for three out of the past four weeks and for seven out of the last ten weeks.


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Copper Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -47,851 contracts on the week. This was a weekly loss of -6,616 contracts from the total net of -41,235 contracts reported the previous week.

Copper Futures:

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the Copper Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $319.85 which was an increase of $13.60 from the previous close of $306.25, 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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