WTI Crude Oil Speculators sharply dropped their bullish bets this week

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WTI Crude Oil Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large oil speculators sharply cut back on their bullish net positions in the WTI Crude Oil 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 WTI Crude Oil futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 365,865 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday August 29th. This was a weekly fall of -79,583 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 445,448 net contracts.

Speculative positions have fallen for four straight weeks and have now declined to the lowest standing since July 11th when positions totaled +358,025 contracts. The last four weeks have seen a total drop of -120,900 net contracts and have brought the net position under the +400,000 contract level for the first time in six weeks.


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WTI Crude Oil 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 -381,180 contracts on the week. This was a weekly uptick of 74,686 contracts from the total net of -455,866 contracts reported the previous week.

USO:

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the USO Crude Oil ETF, which tracks the price of WTI crude oil, closed at approximately $9.46 which was a fall of $-0.31 from the previous close of $9.77, 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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