Commitment of Traders Data: US Dollar, Crude Oil, Gold & Yen Speculators cut back on bets this week

April 20, 2019

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

  • US Dollar Index, Japanese Yen Speculators cut bets this week. EUR, GBP, AUD bets rise
  • WTI Crude Oil Speculators trimmed bullish bets after 8 weeks of rises
  • 10-Year Note Speculators once again raised their bearish bets for 4th week
  • Gold Speculators sharply pared their bullish bets to lowest in 19 weeks
  • S&P500 Mini Speculator bets bounced back this week after 2 down weeks
  • VIX Speculators continued to raise their bearish bets, most since Oct 2017
  • Silver Speculators sharply pulled back their bullish bets, down for 3rd week
  • Copper Speculators slightly edged their bullish net positions higher

US Dollar Index, Japanese Yen Speculators cut bets this week. EUR, GBP, AUD bets rise

Large currency speculators lowered 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 trimmed bullish bets after 8 weeks of rises

The large speculator contracts of WTI crude futures totaled a net position of 515,258 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of -1,404 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


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10-Year Note Speculators once again raised their bearish bets for 4th week

Large speculator contracts of the 10-Year Bond futures totaled a net position of -275,650 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of -14,086 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


Gold Speculators sharply pared their bullish bets to lowest in 19 weeks

Large precious metals speculator contracts of the Gold futures totaled a net position of 56,273 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of -49,091 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


S&P500 Mini Speculator bets bounced back this week after 2 down weeks

Large stock market speculator contracts of the S&P500 mini futures totaled a net position of 15,973 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of 19,112 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


VIX Speculators continued to raise their bearish bets, most since Oct 2017

Large stock market volatility speculator contracts of the VIX futures totaled a net position of -169,908 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of -5,525 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


Silver Speculators sharply pulled back on their bullish bets, down for 3rd week

Large precious metals speculator contracts of the silver futures totaled a net position of 5,885 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of -10,533 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


Copper Speculators slightly edged their bullish net positions higher

Metals speculator contracts of the copper futures totaled a net position of 5,312 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of 2,298 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).