COT Report: Speculators cut Crude Oil longs, pare 10YR shorts & boost Silver bets


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The CFTC put out their latest Commitment of Traders data release on Friday for data that is updated through January 8th. The releases were delayed for over a month due to the government shutdown and are going to being released twice a week to catch up to current data.

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

  • FX: US Dollar Index Speculators edged bets higher, trimmed JPY shorts
  • WTI Crude Oil Speculators renewed selling of their bullish bets into January
  • Bitcoin Speculators added to bearish net positions for 2nd week
  • 10-Year Note Speculators continued to cut their bearish bets sharply
  • Gold Speculators reduced their bullish bets for 1st time in 6 weeks
  • S&P500 Mini Speculators cut back on their bullish bets
  • Silver Speculators were boosting their bullish bets into the new year
  • Copper Speculators continued to cut back on their bearish bets into New Year

FX: US Dollar Index Speculators edged bets higher, trimmed JPY shorts

Large currency speculators advanced their net positions in the US Dollar Index futures markets, 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 renewed selling of their bullish bets into January

The large speculator contracts of WTI crude futures totaled a net position of 277,211 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of -21,502 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


10-Year Note Speculators continued to cut their bearish bets sharply into January

Large speculator contracts of the 10-Year Bond futures totaled a net position of -188,068 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of 120,219 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


Gold Speculators reduced their bullish bets for 1st time in 6 weeks

Large precious metals speculator contracts of the Gold futures totaled a net position of 99,216 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of -24,556 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


Bitcoin Speculators added to bearish net positions for 2nd week into January

Cryptocurrency speculator contracts of the Bitcoin futures totaled a net position of -1,306 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of -76 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


S&P500 Mini Speculators cut back on their bullish bets into January

Large stock market speculator contracts of the S&P500 mini futures totaled a net position of 131,833 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of -33,678 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


Silver Speculators were boosting their bullish bets into the new year

Large precious metals speculator contracts of the silver futures totaled a net position of 54,023 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of 9,064 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


Copper Speculators continued to cut back on their bearish bets into New Year

Metals speculator contracts of the copper futures totaled a net position of -19,452 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of -9,104 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).