S&P500 Mini Speculators sharply advanced their bullish bets again this week

November 3, 2018

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S&P500 Mini Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large stock market speculators continued to boost their bullish net positions in the S&P500 Mini 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 S&P500 Mini futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 263,008 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday October 30th. This was a weekly increase of 23,636 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 239,372 net contracts.

The speculative bullish bets rose for a second straight week and for the sixth time out of the past seven weeks. The current standing is now at the highest level since February 6th of this year when the net position totaled 286,214 contracts.


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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 -301,427 contracts on the week. This was a weekly decrease of -28,719 contracts from the total net of -272,708 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 $2685.25 which was a loss of $-61.0 from the previous close of $2746.25, 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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