10-Year Note Speculators lowered bullish net positions for 2nd week

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10-Year Note Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large treasury speculators reduced their net positions in the 10-Year Note futures markets for a second straight week 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 10-Year Note futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 232,156 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday October 3rd. This was a weekly fall of -24,470 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 256,626 net contracts.

Speculative positions have fallen below the +250,000 net contracts for the first time in four weeks while the net contract level has remained above the +200,000 contract threshold for twenty-two straight weeks.

10-Year Note Commercial Positions:


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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 -48,466 contracts on the week. This was a weekly gain of 72,567 contracts from the total net of -121,033 contracts reported the previous week.

IEF ETF:

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (IEF) closed at approximately $106.39 which was a loss of $-0.67 from the previous close of $107.06, 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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