S&P500 Speculators slightly edged their bets higher this week

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S&P500 Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large speculators edged their net positions in the S&P500 futures markets slightly higher this week to an almost neutral position, 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 S&P500 futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of -132 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday August 8th. This was a weekly lift of 259 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -391 net contracts.

Speculator positions have been in a very small overall short position for two straight weeks following six straight weeks in bullish territory.


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S&P500 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 -16,037 contracts on the week. This was a weekly rise of 1,439 contracts from the total net of -17,476 contracts reported the previous week.

SPY ETF:

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the SPY ETF, which tracks the price of S&P500 Index, closed at approximately $247.26 which was a fall of $-0.06 from the previous close of $247.32, 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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