VIX Speculators pushed their bearish bets to highest in 5 months

October 5, 2019

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VIX Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large volatility speculators continued to boost their bearish net positions in the VIX 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 VIX futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of -154,855 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday October 1st. This was a weekly change of -6,336 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of -148,519 net contracts.

The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) growing by just 112 contracts (to a weekly total of 84,813 contracts) while the gross bearish position (shorts) grew by 6,448 contracts for the week (to a total of 239,668 contracts).


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VIX speculators increased their bearish bets for a fifth consecutive week and by a total of -97,702 contracts over that time span. The net position is now at the highest level in twenty-two weeks dating back to May 7th, which was just one week after the all-time bearish high level was recorded with a total of -180,359 contracts. This week marks the third straight week with speculative net positions above the -100,000 contract level.

VIX Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of 166,057 contracts on the week. This was a weekly gain of 7,925 contracts from the total net of 158,132 contracts reported the previous week.

VIX Futures:

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the VIX Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $18.57 which was an increase of $0.70 from the previous close of $17.87, 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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