WTI Crude Oil Speculators raised their bullish bets after 2 down weeks30th September 2018
Sept. 29, 2018 – By CountingPips.com – Receive our weekly COT Reports by Email
WTI Crude Oil Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:
Large energy speculators increased 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 560,085 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday September 25th. This was a weekly rise of 29,719 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 530,366 net contracts.
The speculative bullish position rose for the first in three weeks after falling to the least bullish point since October 31st of 2017 when the net position had a total +502,949 contracts. Despite this week’s gains, the current bullish standing is still under the +600,000 net contract level for the sixth straight week.
WTI Crude Oil Commercial Positions:
The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -596,190 contracts on the week. This was a weekly shortfall of -28,252 contracts from the total net of -567,938 contracts reported the previous week.
WTI Crude Oil Futures:
Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the WTI Crude Oil Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $72.28 which was an uptick of $2.69 from the previous close of $69.59, 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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