WTI Crude Oil Speculators raised their bullish bets for 2nd week


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WTI Crude Oil Futures Sentiment: Updated Data Through: November 17 2020


WTI Crude Oil Large Trader Net Positions:


WTI Crude Oil Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large energy speculators sharply raised 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 480,811 contracts in the data reported through November 17th. This was a weekly gain of 17,273 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of 463,538 net contracts.

The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) ascending by 4,502 contracts (to a weekly total of 638,245 contracts) while the gross bearish position (shorts) dropped by -12,771 contracts for the week (to a total of 157,434 contracts).

Crude oil speculators sharply raised their bullish positions for a second straight week and by a total of +38,351 contracts in these past two weeks. The crude bullish bets have gained for five out of the past seven weeks as well. This recent bullishness has pushed the speculator sentiment to its second highest level of the past eleven weeks at over +480,000 contracts. The current standing, however, remains under the +500,000 net contract level for a twelfth straight week following a twenty-week streak where bullish bets had stayed above that threshold through August 25th.

The large speculators Strength Index level, the current score for traders compared to levels of the past three years, shows that specs are currently at a Bearish level with a score of 44.1 percent.

Speculators are seen as trend followers and usually trade in tandem with the price direction (blue line in above chart). At the extreme levels, specs are very important to watch as they have a tendency to bet the wrong way (that the trend will continue to even more extreme levels).


TRADER TYPE DATA:SPECULATORS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs:30.6
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts:7.6
– Net Position:480,811
– Gross Longs:638,245
– Gross Shorts:157,434
– Long to Short Ratio:4.1 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct):44.1
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range):Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index:2.0

Current Trader Positions as Percent of Open Interest:


Commercial Trader Positions:

The commercial traders position this week came in at a total net position of -504,036 contracts. This was a weekly change of -18,543 contracts from the total net of -485,493 contracts reported the previous week.

The commercials Strength Index level, a score that measures the contract levels of the past three years within a range of 0 to 100, shows that Commercials are currently at a Bullish level with a score of 53.3 percent.

At the extreme levels, commercials are very important to watch as they have a tendency to be correct at the major turning points in price trends.


TRADER TYPE DATA:COMMERCIALS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs:31.7
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts:55.9
– Net Position:-504,036
– Gross Longs:660,992
– Gross Shorts:1,165,028
– Long to Short Ratio:0.6 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct):53.3
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range):Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index:-3.2


Small Trader Positions:

The small traders position this week totaled a net position of 23,225 contracts. This was a weekly change of 1,270 contracts from the total net of 21,955 contracts reported the previous week.

The small traders Strength Index level shows that smalls are currently at a Bullish level with a score of 56.1 percent.


Small traders are less important to watch (in most cases) as their numbers tend to be just a small part of the total trading open interest.


TRADER TYPE DATA:SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs:4.1
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts:2.9
– Net Position:23,225
– Gross Longs:84,480
– Gross Shorts:61,255
– Long to Short Ratio:1.4 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct):56.1
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range):Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index:10.6


*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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