S&P500 Speculators increased net short positions this week

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S&P500 Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large speculators increased their bearish net positions in the S&P500 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 S&P500 futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of -1,725 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday November 7th. This was a weekly reduction of -1,477 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -248 net contracts.

Speculative positions have now been in a net short position for a second consecutive week and are at the largest short position in the last eight weeks.

S&P500 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 5,631 contracts on the week. This was a weekly rise of 7,696 contracts from the total net of -2,065 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 $258.67 which was a rise of $1.52 from the previous close of $257.15, 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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