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Copper Non-Commercial Positions:
Large speculators and traders continued to decrease their net positions in the copper futures markets last week for a sixth consecutive 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 22,439 contracts in the data reported through March 14th. This was a weekly fall of -7,280 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 29,719 net contracts.
Copper speculative positions have fallen by a total of -34,837 contracts over the past six weeks and have reached a new low since November 1st.
Copper Commercial Positions:
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The commercial traders position, categorized by the CFTC as hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -26,618 contracts last week. This is a weekly rise of 9,751 contracts from the total net of -36,369 contracts reported the previous week.
Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the JJC iPath Bloomber Copper ETN, which tracks the price of copper, closed at approximately $30.28 which was a gain of $0.39 from the previous close of $29.89, according to financial market data.
*COT Report: The COT data, released weekly to the public each Friday, is updated through the previous 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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