Copper Speculators lowered their net positions for 2nd week

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Copper Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large speculators cut back on 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 Monday due to the Veteran’s Day holiday.

The non-commercial futures contracts of Copper futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 42,575 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday November 7th. This was a weekly decrease of -5,018 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 47,593 net contracts.

Speculative positions have now fallen for two straight weeks (and by a total of -10,677 contracts in that time) to the lowest net level in four weeks.

Copper Commercial Positions:


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The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -49,639 contracts on the week. This was a weekly rise of 2,804 contracts from the total net of -52,443 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 $35.27 which was a shortfall of $-0.24 from the previous close of $35.51, 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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