10-Year Note Speculators decreased bearish net positions this week

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10-Year Note Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large treasury bond speculators reduced their bearish net positions off of a record high level in the 10-Year Note 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 10-Year Note futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of -445,678 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday May 1st. This was a weekly advance of 16,455 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -462,133 net contracts.

Speculative positions had risen to a record high bearish position last week before this week’s slight turnaround. The overall net position is now above the -400,000 net contract level for a second straight week.

10-Year Note 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 659,408 contracts on the week. This was a weekly fall of -6,805 contracts from the total net of 666,213 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 $101.35 which was virtually unchanged for the week, 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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