Copper Speculators lifted bullish net positions for 2nd week

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Copper Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large speculators raised their net positions in the Copper 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 Copper futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 18,798 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday June 13th. This was a weekly boost of 6,072 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 12,726 net contracts.

Copper speculative positions have gained for a second week and for four out of the last five weeks. Net bullish positions are above the +10,000 contract level for a second week after falling below this threshold on May 30th.


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Copper Commercial Positions:

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 -20,597 contracts on the week. This was a weekly decrease of -7,271 contracts from the total net of -13,326 contracts reported the previous week.

JJC ETF:

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 $29.49 which was an advance of $0.62 from the previous close of $28.87, according to unofficial market data.

*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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