10-Year Note Speculators slightly edged their bearish bets higher

September 22, 2018

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10-Year Note Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large bond speculators slightly increased their bearish net positions in the 10-Year Note 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 10-Year Note futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of -684,712 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday September 18th. This was a weekly addition of -2,028 contracts to the bearish position from the previous week which had a total of -682,684 net contracts.

The speculative bearish position has seen very little movement over the past two weeks (+73 contracts and -2028 contracts, respectively) after the previous two weeks saw huge changes in weekly contracts (+170,694 contracts and -152,937 contracts, respectively).

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The current standing remains over the -680,000 net contract level for a third straight week and is still not far off of the record high bearish level of -700,514 net contracts on August 21st.

10-Year Note Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of 730,767 contracts on the week. This was a weekly decline of -5,828 contracts from the total net of 736,595 contracts reported the previous week.

10-Year Note Futures:

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the 10-Year Note Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $118.79 which was a decline of $-0.53 from the previous close of $119.32, 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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