Copper Speculators continued to reduce their bullish bets again this week

July 14, 2018

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Copper Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large metals speculators cut back on 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 14,183 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday July 10th. This was a weekly decline of -11,322 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 25,505 net contracts.

This week’s decline in speculative positions brings the spec level lower for a fourth consecutive week and positions have fallen by -56,354 contracts over that time-frame. The current bullish level is now at the lowest point in just about a year (July 11, 2017).


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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 -16,738 contracts on the week. This was a weekly gain of 13,378 contracts from the total net of -30,116 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 $283.95 which was a shortfall of $-7.75 from the previous close of $291.7, 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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