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Copper Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:
Large speculators continued to lift their net positions in the Copper futures markets this week to the highest level in about six months, 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 48,865 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday September 5th. This was a weekly lift of 5,213 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 43,652 net contracts.
Speculative positions have now risen for eight straight weeks and by a total of +36,859 net contracts over that time-frame to level at the best standing since February 7th when net positions totaled +51,559 contracts.
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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 -51,639 contracts on the week. This was a weekly loss of -6,813 contracts from the total net of -44,826 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 $35.69 which was an increase of $0.31 from the previous close of $35.38, 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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