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10 Year Treasury Note Non-Commercial Positions:
Large speculators and traders further increased their bullish net positions in the 10-year treasury note futures markets 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 10-year treasury note futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 229,119 contracts in the data reported through May 9th. This was a weekly rise of 49,249 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 179,870 net contracts.
Speculative positions have now risen for three out of the last four weeks and are at their highest level since turning from an overall short position to an overall long position on April 25th.
10 Year Treasury Note Commercial Positions:
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Meanwhile, 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 -24,508 contracts last week. This is a weekly gain of 13,437 contracts from the total net of -37,945 contracts reported the previous week.
Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (IEF) closed at approximately $105.61 which was a decline of $-0.82 from the previous close of $106.43, according to ETF 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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