August 18th – By CountingPips.com – Receive our weekly COT Reports by Email
WTI Crude Oil Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:
Large energy speculators lifted their bullish net positions in the WTI Crude Oil 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 WTI Crude Oil futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 382,144 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday August 13th. This was a weekly rise of 6,503 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of 375,641 net contracts.
The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) advancing by 6,116 contracts (to a weekly total of 547,040 contracts) while the gross bearish position (shorts) fell by -387 contracts for the week (to a total of 164,896 contracts).
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The large speculators had trimmed their bullish positions in the previous three weeks before this week’s turnaround. The current position, although bullish, remains under the +400,000 net contract level for a fourth straight week.
WTI Crude Oil Commercial Positions:
The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -371,534 contracts on the week. This was a weekly boost of 2,555 contracts from the total net of -374,089 contracts reported the previous week.
WTI Crude Oil Futures:
Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the WTI Crude Oil Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $57.10 which was a rise of $3.47 from the previous close of $53.63, 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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