COT Speculators continued to trim US Dollar bets. Crude bets surge while Gold bets fall

December 2, 2019

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Here are the latest links to our coverage of the Commitment of Traders data changes. This latest data was delayed to a Monday release (usually Fridays) due to the Thanksgiving day holiday last week. Our coverage is abbreviated this week due to the delay and next week will be back to a regular release schedule.


Speculators reduced US Dollar Index bets for 8th straight week. AUD & Euro bets rise

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 sharply boosted their bullish bets last week, higher for 7th week

The large speculator contracts of WTI crude futures totaled a net position of 470,936 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of 40,961 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


10-Year Note Speculators trimmed their bearish bets last week

Large speculator contracts of the 10-Year Bond futures totaled a net position of -145,745 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of 37,779 contracts from the previous weekly total. See full article.


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Gold Speculators cut back on their bullish bets last week

Large precious metals speculator contracts of the Gold futures totaled a net position of 271,634 contracts, according to the latest data this week. This was a change of -14,225 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).