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10-Year Note Speculators increased their bearish bets for 3rd time in 4 weeks

November 23rd – By CountingPips.comReceive our weekly COT Reports by Email

10-Year Note Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large bond speculators pushed their bearish net positions higher in the 10-Year Note 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 10-Year Note futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of -183,524 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday November 19th. This was a weekly change of -34,730 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of -148,794 net contracts.

The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) going up by 25,397 contracts (to a weekly total of 677,709 contracts) while the gross bearish position (shorts) jumped by a greater amount of 60,127 contracts for the week (to a total of 861,233 contracts).

Ten-year note speculators increased their bearish bets for the third time in the past four weeks. This follows a streak of seven weeks from September 10th to October 22nd where bearish bets fell by a total of 293,514 contracts in that period. The current standing of -185,524 contracts is the fourth straight week with bearish bets above the -100,000 net contract level.

10-Year Note Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of 182,638 contracts on the week. This was a weekly loss of -5,412 contracts from the total net of 188,050 contracts reported the previous week.

10-Year Note Futures:

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the 10-Year Note Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $129.46 which was a rise of $0.96 from the previous close of $128.50, 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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Gold Speculators upped their bullish bets for 4th time in 5 weeks

November 23rd – By CountingPips.comReceive our weekly COT Reports by Email

Gold Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large precious metals speculators continued to increase their bullish net positions in the Gold 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 Gold futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 285,859 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday November 19th. This was a weekly rise of 18,793 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of 267,066 net contracts.

The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) increasing by 14,107 contracts (to a weekly total of 337,296 contracts) while the gross bearish position (shorts) declined by -4,686 contracts for the week (to a total of 51,437 contracts).

Gold speculators added to their bullish bets by over +18,000 net contracts this week and now by a total of +32,832 contracts in the past five weeks. Gold positions have been above the +250,000 net contract level for eighteen straight weeks, dating back to late July. Further gains in positioning could see bullish bets back over the +300,000 net contract level for the first time since September 24th when the net position totaled +312,444 contracts.

Gold Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -319,095 contracts on the week. This was a weekly fall of -17,627 contracts from the total net of -301,468 contracts reported the previous week.

Gold Futures:

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the Gold Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $1474.30 which was an uptick of $20.60 from the previous close of $1453.70, 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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VIX Speculators push bearish bets to another record high

November 23rd – By CountingPips.comReceive our weekly COT Reports by Email

VIX Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large volatility speculators continued to push their bearish net positions higher 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 -218,362 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday November 19th. This was a weekly change of -12,205 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of -206,157 net contracts.

The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) advancing by 2,526 contracts (to a weekly total of 94,359 contracts) while the gross bearish position (shorts) increased by a greater amount of 14,731 contracts for the week (to a total of 312,721 contracts).

VIX speculators raised their bearish bets for a sixth consecutive week and for the eleventh time out of the past twelve weeks. This pushes the current VIX bearish position to another all-time record high at -218,362 contracts and marks the fourth straight week of new record highs.

VIX Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of 227,456 contracts on the week. This was a weekly uptick of 12,569 contracts from the total net of 214,887 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 $15.22 which was a decrease of $-0.60 from the previous close of $15.82, 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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Silver Speculators advanced their bullish bets for 1st time in 3 weeks

November 23rd – By CountingPips.comReceive our weekly COT Reports by Email

Silver Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large precious metals speculators raised their bullish net positions in the Silver 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 Silver futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 44,716 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday November 19th. This was a weekly gain of 7,352 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of 37,364 net contracts.

The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) increasing by 571 contracts (to a weekly total of 89,898 contracts) while the gross bearish position (shorts) dropped by -6,781 contracts for the week (to a total of 45,182 contracts).

Silver speculators raised their bullish bets after positions had fallen by a total of -16,314 contracts in the previous two weeks. This week’s gain brings the overall net position back above the +40,000 net contract level and marks the twenty-fourth week that silver positioning has been in bullish territory.

Silver Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -66,549 contracts on the week. This was a weekly drop of -4,657 contracts from the total net of -61,892 contracts reported the previous week.

Silver Futures:

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the Silver Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $1711.80 which was a boost of $42.60 from the previous close of $1669.20, 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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Copper Speculators boosted their bearish bets for 2nd week

November 23rd – By CountingPips.comReceive our weekly COT Reports by Email

Copper Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large precious metals speculators increased their bearish net positions in the Copper 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 Copper futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of -35,106 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday November 19th. This was a weekly change of -8,819 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of -26,287 net contracts.

The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) declining by -9,556 contracts (to a weekly total of 63,747 contracts) while the gross bearish position (shorts) fell by -737 contracts for the week (to a total of 98,853 contracts).

Copper speculators added to their bearish bets for a second straight week and by a total of -11,795 contracts over that 2-week period. This follows a four-week stretch that had seen the bearish bets fall from a total of -47,255 contracts on October 15th to a twenty-four week low of -23,311 contracts on November 5th. The current bearish position is now back above the -35,000 net contract level for the first time in four weeks.

Copper Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of 32,554 contracts on the week. This was a weekly gain of 11,267 contracts from the total net of 21,287 contracts reported the previous week.

Copper Futures:

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the Copper Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $265.65 which was a rise of $1.10 from the previous close of $264.55, 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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US Dollar Index Speculators trim bullish bets for a 6th week. AUD, CAD bets fall

November 16th – By CountingPips.comReceive our weekly COT Reports by Email

US Dollar Index Speculator Positions

Large currency speculators continued to reduce their bullish 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.

The non-commercial futures contracts of US Dollar Index futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 27,784 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday November 12th. This was a weekly decline of -595 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 28,379 net contracts.

The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) sliding by -1,066 contracts (to a weekly total of 33,917 contracts) compared to the gross bearish position (shorts) which saw a smaller reduction by -471 contracts on the week (to a total of 6,133 contracts).

Speculators cut their bullish bets for a sixth straight week and have now reduced their positioning by a total of -15,244 contracts over that time-frame. The current standing for speculative bullish bets is now at the lowest level in seventeen weeks, dating back to July 16th. Despite the recent shortfalls in dollar bets, the spec positions have remained above the +20,000 net contract level now for sixty-nine consecutive weeks, underscoring the continued USD strength.


Individual Currencies Data this week:

In the other major currency contracts data, we saw two substantial changes (+ or – 10,000 contracts) in the speculators category this week.

Australian dollar bets dropped sharply (-14,015 contracts) in the latest data and essentially erased last week’s strong gains (+13,493 contracts). The latest decline (or rise in bearish bets) pushed the bearish bet level above -40,000 contracts (after a drop last week to -26,794 contracts). The AUD speculator positions have now been in bearish territory for a total of 85 weeks.

Canadian dollar bullish bets fell sharply (-11,629 contracts) in the latest data after gaining very strongly (by a total of +41,041 contracts) in the previous three weeks. Despite the shortfall, CAD bets have now been above the +40,000 net contract level for three straight weeks. Overall, CAD bets have been in bullish territory for twenty consecutive weeks, dating back to late June.

Overall, the major currencies that saw improving speculator positions this week were the euro (3,077 weekly change in contracts), British pound sterling (902 contracts), New Zealand dollar (2,730 contracts) and the Mexican peso (1,635 contracts).

The currencies whose speculative bets declined this week were the US dollar index (-595 weekly change in contracts), Japanese yen (-8,392 contracts), Swiss franc (-967 contracts), Canadian dollar (-11,629 contracts) and the Australian dollar (-14,015 contracts).


Chart: Current Strength of Each Currency compared to their 3-Year Range

See the table and individual currency charts below.


Table of Large Speculator Levels & Weekly Changes:

Currency Net Speculator Position Specs Weekly Change
USD Index 27,784 -595
EuroFx -57,669 3,077
GBP -28,133 902
JPY -34,997 -8,392
CHF -15,120 -967
CAD 42,373 -11,629
AUD -40,809 -14,015
NZD -36,235 2,730
MXN 142,037 1,635

 

This latest COT data is through Tuesday and shows a quick view of how large speculators or non-commercials (for-profit traders) were positioned in the futures markets. All currency positions are in direct relation to the US dollar where, for example, a bet for the euro is a bet that the euro will rise versus the dollar while a bet against the euro will be a bet that the dollar will gain versus the euro.

 


Weekly Charts: Large Trader Weekly Positions vs Price

EuroFX:

The Euro large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -57,669 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly gain of 3,077 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -60,746 net contracts.


British Pound Sterling:

The large British pound sterling speculator level came in at a net position of -28,133 contracts in the data reported this week. This was a weekly lift of 902 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -29,035 net contracts.


Japanese Yen:

Large Japanese yen speculators totaled a net position of -34,997 contracts in this week’s data. This was a weekly decline of -8,392 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -26,605 net contracts.


Swiss Franc:

The Swiss franc speculator standing this week recorded a net position of -15,120 contracts in the data through Tuesday. This was a weekly fall of -967 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -14,153 net contracts.


Canadian Dollar:

Canadian dollar speculators recorded a net position of 42,373 contracts this week. This was a decrease of -11,629 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 54,002 net contracts.


Australian Dollar:

The large speculator positions in Australian dollar futures recorded a net position of -40,809 contracts this week in the data ending Tuesday. This was a weekly decrease of -14,015 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -26,794 net contracts.


New Zealand Dollar:

The New Zealand dollar speculative standing recorded a net position of -36,235 contracts this week in the latest COT data. This was a weekly gain of 2,730 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -38,965 net contracts.


Mexican Peso:

Mexican peso speculators came in at a net position of 142,037 contracts this week. This was a weekly advance of 1,635 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 140,402 net contracts.


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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).

 

 

Speculators boosted their WTI Crude Oil bullish bets higher for 5th week

November 16th – By CountingPips.comReceive our weekly COT Reports by Email

WTI Crude Oil Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large energy speculators continued to increase 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 424,597 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday November 12th. This was a weekly change of 18,457 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of 406,140 net contracts.

The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) sliding by -25,944 contracts (to a weekly total of 539,082 contracts) while the gross bearish position (shorts) dropped by a larger amount of -44,401 contracts for the week (to a total of 114,485 contracts).

WTI crude oil speculators have now raised their bullish bets for a fifth consecutive week and by a total of +69,512 contracts over that time-frame. The current bullish standing is now at the highest level since September 17th and has risen above the 2019 average of +399,218 contracts.

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 -424,751 contracts on the week. This was a weekly loss of -18,805 contracts from the total net of -405,946 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 $56.80 which was a decline of $-0.43 from the previous close of $57.23, 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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Large Speculators cut back on their 10-Year Treasury Note bearish bets

November 16th – By CountingPips.comReceive our weekly COT Reports by Email

10-Year Note Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large bond speculators decreased their bearish net positions in the 10-Year Note futures markets for the first time in three weeks, 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 10-Year Note futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of -148,794 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday November 12th. This was a weekly change of 82,662 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of -231,456 net contracts.

The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) lowering by -958 contracts (to a weekly total of 652,312 contracts) while the gross bearish position (shorts) fell by -83,620 contracts for the week (to a total of 801,106 contracts).

The 10-year speculators reduced their bearish positions after two weeks of strong gains in bearish bets that had pushed the overall standing to the most bearish in eight weeks. Following this latest decline, the bearish net position (currently -148,794 contracts) is back under the -200,000 contract level for the fourth time in the past five weeks and well under the 2019 average position level of -262,602 contracts.

10-Year Note Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of 188,050 contracts on the week. This was a weekly fall of -52,071 contracts from the total net of 240,121 contracts reported the previous week.

10-Year Note Futures:

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the 10-Year Note Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $128.50 which was a drop of $-0.42 from the previous close of $128.92, 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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Gold Speculators cut back on their bullish bets for first time in 4 weeks

November 16th – By CountingPips.comReceive our weekly COT Reports by Email

Gold Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large precious metals speculators lowered their bullish net positions in the Gold futures markets this week for the first time in four weeks, 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 Gold futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 267,066 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday November 12th. This was a weekly decline of -12,762 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of 279,828 net contracts.

The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) falling by -21,402 contracts (to a weekly total of 323,189 contracts) while the gross bearish position (shorts) dropped by a lesser amount of -8,640 contracts for the week (to a total of 56,123 contracts).

Gold speculators had been raising their bullish bets for three straight weeks to a six-week high before this week’s retreat in bullish positions. Overall, the gold bullish position remains strong and has been above the +250,000 net contract level for sixteen consecutive weeks and well above the 2019 average position level of +182,843 net contracts. Gold bets have not been in an overall bearish level since November 13th of 2018, a span of fifty-three weeks.

Gold Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -301,468 contracts on the week. This was a weekly gain of 15,670 contracts from the total net of -317,138 contracts reported the previous week.

Gold Futures:

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the Gold Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $1453.70 which was a loss of $-30.0 from the previous close of $1483.70, 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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VIX Speculators continue to set new record bearish positions

November 16th – By CountingPips.comReceive our weekly COT Reports by Email

VIX Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large volatility speculators once again raised 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 -206,157 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday November 12th. This was a weekly change of -2,559 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of -203,598 net contracts.

The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) rising by 7,058 contracts (to a weekly total of 91,833 contracts) while the gross bearish position (shorts) gained by a larger amount of 9,617 contracts for the week (to a total of 297,990 contracts).

VIX speculators continued to add to their bearish bets for a fifth straight week and for tenth time out of the past eleven weeks. This week’s total (-206,157 contracts) marks a new record bearish position which is the third consecutive week that specs have recorded a new all-time high. Speculators have now been bearish on the VIX for forty-four straight weeks with the last overall bullish position (+21,062 contracts) coming on January 8th of this year.

VIX Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of 214,887 contracts on the week. This was a weekly advance of 1,348 contracts from the total net of 213,539 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 $15.82 which was a gain of $0.80 from the previous close of $15.02, 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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