US 10-Year Treasury Note Speculators added to bearish positions last week from 2-month low

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Large Speculators bearish positions rise to a total of -61,765 contracts

10 Year Treasuries: Large futures market traders slightly increased their overall bearish bets in the 10-year treasury note futures last 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 the 10-year treasury notes, primarily traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of -61,765 contracts in the data reported for March 25th. This was a change of -6,751 contracts from the previous week’s total of -55,014 net contracts that was recorded on March 18th.

The previous week’s reduction in bearish positions, on March 18th, had brought overall net large spec positions in the 10-year note to the lowest level since January 14th when positions were at a total of -50,790 contracts before last week’s slight turnaround.

Over the weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday March 18th to Tuesday March 25th, the yield on the 10-Year treasury note rose from 2.68 to a yield of 2.75, according to data from the United States Treasury Department.


Last 6 Weeks of Large Trader Non-Commercial Positions

Date Open Interest Long Specs Short Specs Net Large Specs Weekly Change 10 Year Yield
02/18/2014 2430028 380817 437961 -57144 85389 2.71
02/25/2014 2513746 333437 346404 -12967 44177 2.7
03/04/2014 2407282 312136 413506 -101370 -88403 2.7
03/11/2014 2412737 301102 419312 -118210 -16840 2.77
03/18/2014 2441194 360226 415240 -55014 63196 2.68
03/25/2014 2490662 333722 395487 -61765 -6751 2.75



*COT Report: The weekly commitment of traders report summarizes the total trader positions for open contracts in the futures trading 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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