COT Report: USD bets go higher for 2nd week. WTI bets drop sharply. 10-Yr Specs cut shorts

By CountingPips.com

This week’s COT results showed that speculators raised their bets for the US dollar last week (as of Tuesday), for a second week and to the highest level in six weeks (+$17 billion).

In the other major markets, WTI Crude speculators sharply cut back on their bullish bets (-74,725 contracts) for a third week after setting a record high bullish position on February 21st.

The 10-year note speculators, for a second straight week, sharply reduced their bearish bets after reaching a record high short position of over -400,000 contracts three weeks ago.

In metals, gold speculators decreased their bullish bets for a second week while silver speculators also trimmed bullish bets for a second week. Copper bets continued to decline for the sixth straight week.

Finally, S&P500 speculators raised their bullish bets higher in S&P500 futures for a fifth straight week and to the highest level since mid-December.


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Forex Speculators boosted US Dollar bullish positions for 2nd week

US Dollar net speculator positions leveled at $17.59 billion last week

The latest data for the weekly Commitment of Traders (COT) report, released by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Friday, showed that large traders and currency speculators raised their bullish bets for the US dollar last week to the highest level in six weeks.

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WTI Crude Oil Speculators fell their positions last week

The non-commercial contracts of WTI crude futures totaled a net position of 433,800 contracts, according to data from last week. This was a drop of -74,725 contracts from the previous weekly total.

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Gold Speculators declined their positions last week

The large speculator contracts of gold futures declined to a total net position of 106,038 contracts. This was a weekly change of -27,647 contracts from the previous week.

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10 Year Treasury Note Speculators increased their positions last week

The large speculator contracts of 10-year treasury note futures totaled a net position of -194,392 contracts. This was a weekly change of 104,122 contracts from the previous week.

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S&P 500 Speculators increased their positions last week

The large speculator contracts of S&P 500 futures totaled a net position of 8,350 contracts. This was a change of 1,404 contracts from the reported data of the previous week.

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Silver Speculators decreased their positions last week

The non-commercial contracts of silver futures totaled a net position of 82,878 contracts, according to data from last week. This was a weekly change of -10,575 contracts from the previous totals.

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Copper Speculators decreased their positions last week

The large speculator contracts of copper futures totaled a net position of 22,439 contracts. This was a weekly change of -7,280 contracts from the data of the previous week.

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Article by CountingPips.com

The Commitment of Traders report data is published in raw form every Friday by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and shows the futures positions of market participants as of the previous Tuesday (data is reported 3 days behind).

To learn more about this data please visit the CFTC website at http://www.cftc.gov/MarketReports/CommitmentsofTraders/index.htm