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Metals Speculators Boosted Their Copper Bullish Bets To 15-Week High

Following are the latest charts and statistics for the Commitment of Traders (COT) data published by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

The latest COT data is updated through Tuesday Feb. 15 and shows a quick view of how large traders (for-profit speculators and commercial entities) were positioned in the futures markets.

Highlighting the COT metals data is the gains in the copper futures bets. The speculative net position in copper futures rose this week by the largest one-week amount of the past 17 weeks. Copper speculator positions have risen now for two straight weeks and in four out of the past five weeks as well.

Spec bullish bets had previously fallen to an 81-week low for copper on Dec. 21, but have rebounded since then with gains in six out of the next eight weeks. This positive sentiment has helped push speculator positioning this week to the highest bullish level of the past 15 weeks.

Joining copper (11,837 contracts) with rising positions this week were gold (26,907 contracts), silver (4,257 contracts) and palladium (230 contracts), while platinum (-1,627 contracts) saw lower speculator net contracts for the week.

Gold Comex Futures


Metals Speculators Boosted Their Copper Bullish Bets To 15-Week High

Gold Futures COT Chart


The gold Comex futures large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of 213,613 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly advance of 26,907 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 186,706 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bullish with a score of 55.7 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 44.7 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 35.9 percent.

Silver Comex Futures


Metals Speculators Boosted Their Copper Bullish Bets To 15-Week High


Silver Futures COT Chart


The silver Comex futures large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of 23,556 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly rise of 4,257 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 19,299 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish with a score of 45.8 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 63.2 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 17.4 percent.

Copper Futures


Metals Speculators Boosted Their Copper Bullish Bets To 15-Week High


Copper Futures COT Chart


The copper futures large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of 30,692 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lift of 11,837 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 18,855 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bullish with a score of 64.5 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 32.4 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 75.8 percent.

Platinum Futures


Metals Speculators Boosted Their Copper Bullish Bets To 15-Week High


Platinum Futures COT Chart


The platinum futures large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of 10,132 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly fall of -1,627 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 11,759 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish-Extreme with a score of 16.3 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 86.1 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 44.1 percent.

Palladium Futures


Metals Speculators Boosted Their Copper Bullish Bets To 15-Week High


Palladium Futures COT Chart


The palladium futures large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of -1,000 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly boost of 230 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -1,230 net contracts.

This week's current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish-Extreme with a score of 15.4 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 82.6 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 50.4 percent.

*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) 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) as well as their open interest (contracts open in the market at time of reporting).See CFTC criteria here.