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S&P500 Mini Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:
Large stock market speculators sharply lowered their bullish net positions in the S&P500 Mini 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 S&P500 Mini futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 179,000 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday February 13th. This was a weekly fall of -107,214 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 286,214 net contracts.
The speculative decline earlier this week stopped a streak of four weekly gains in a row that had brought the bullish level to the highest point since March 10th of 2009 when the net positions totaled +333,271 contracts. The data takes into account positions through Tuesday and do not reflect changes after that day.
S&P500 Mini Commercial Positions:
The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -281,323 contracts on the week. This was a weekly fall of -27,378 contracts from the total net of -253,945 contracts reported the previous week.
Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the SPY ETF, which tracks the price of S&P500 Index, closed at approximately $266.0 which was a decrease of $-3.13 from the previous close of $269.13, 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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