S&P500 Mini Speculators boosted their bullish bets again last week

November 26, 2018

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S&P500 Mini Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large stock market speculators increased their bullish net positions in the S&P500 Mini futures markets last week, according to the latest Commitment of Traders (COT) data released by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Monday due to the Thanksgiving day holiday.

The non-commercial futures contracts of S&P500 Mini futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 224,270 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday November 20th. This was a weekly boost of 22,858 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of 201,412 net contracts.

The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position ascending by 25,836 contracts to a weekly total of 511,525 contracts compared to the gross bearish position total of 287,255 contracts which saw a boost by 2,978 contracts for the week.


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The speculative position rose for the second straight week and settled back over the +200,000 net position level for a second straight week.

S&P500 Mini Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -291,501 contracts on the week. This was a weekly shortfall of -50,344 contracts from the total net of -241,157 contracts reported the previous week.

S&P500 Mini Futures:

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the S&P500 Mini Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $2640.00 which was a loss of $-87.50 from the previous close of $2727.50, 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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