COT Report: Speculators boost Gold, Silver & NZD bets. Cut back on 10YR bearish bets

December 22, 2018

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Here are this week’s links to the latest Commitment of Traders data changes that were released on Friday.

  • Large Currency Speculators trim USD Index bullish bets, raise GBP bearish bets
  • WTI Crude Oil Speculators cooled the decline of their bullish bets this week
  • 10-Year Note Speculators trimmed their bearish bets
  • Gold Speculators continued to advance their bullish bets for 3rd week
  • Bitcoin Speculators boosted their cryptocurrency bearish bets to 10-week high
  • S&P500 Mini Speculators pushed bullish bets higher earlier in the week
  • VIX Speculators upped their bullish bets for 2nd week
  • Silver Speculators raised their bullish bets for 3rd week to 5-month high
  • Copper Speculators reduced bets back into a bearish position this week

Large Currency Speculators trim USD Index bullish bets, raise GBP bearish bets

Large currency speculators decreased their net positions in the US Dollar Index futures markets this week, according to the latest Commitment of Traders (COT) data released by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Friday. See full article.


WTI Crude Oil Speculators cooled the decline of their bullish bets this week

The large speculator contracts of WTI crude futures totaled a net position of 309,608 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of 102 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


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10-Year Note Speculators trimmed their bearish bets

Large speculator contracts of the 10-Year Bond futures totaled a net position of -380,779 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of 13,023 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


Gold Speculators continued to advance their bullish bets for 3rd week

Large precious metals speculator contracts of the Gold futures totaled a net position of 75,960 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of 15,461 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


Bitcoin Speculators boosted their cryptocurrency bearish bets to 10-week high

Cryptocurrency speculator contracts of the Bitcoin futures totaled a net position of -1,342 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of -429 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


S&P500 Mini Speculators pushed bullish bets higher earlier in the week

Large stock market speculator contracts of the S&P500 mini futures totaled a net position of 210,266 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of 36,087 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


VIX Speculators upped their bullish bets for 2nd week

Large stock market volatility speculator contracts of the VIX futures totaled a net position of 44,245 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of 4,148 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


Silver Speculators raised their bullish bets for 3rd week to 5-month high

Large precious metals speculator contracts of the silver futures totaled a net position of 19,831 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of 8,575 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


Copper Speculators reduced bets back into a bearish position this week

Metals speculator contracts of the copper futures totaled a net position of -2,678 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of -9,925 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


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*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) 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).