Speculator Extremes: Cocoa, 5-Year & 10-Year Bonds Lead Weekly Bullish & Bearish Positions

The latest update for the weekly Commitment of Traders (COT) report was released by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Friday for data ending on April 25th.

This weekly Extreme Positions report highlights the Most Bullish and Most Bearish Positions for the speculator category. Extreme positioning in these markets can foreshadow strong moves in the underlying market.

To signify an extreme position, we use the Strength Index (also known as the COT Index) of each instrument, a common method of measuring COT data. The Strength Index is simply a comparison of current trader positions against the range of positions over the previous 3 years. We use over 80 percent as extremely bullish and under 20 percent as extremely bearish. (Compare Strength Index scores across all markets in the data table or cot leaders table)


Speculators or Non-Commercials Notes:

Speculators, classified as non-commercial traders by the CFTC, are made up of large commodity funds, hedge funds and other significant for-profit participants. The Specs are generally regarded as trend-followers in their behavior towards price action – net speculator bets and prices tend to go in the same directions. These traders often look to buy when prices are rising and sell when prices are falling. To illustrate this point, many times speculator contracts can be found at their most extremes (bullish or bearish) when prices are also close to their highest or lowest levels.

These extreme levels can be dangerous for the large speculators as the trade is most crowded, there is less trading ammunition still sitting on the sidelines to push the trend further and prices have moved a significant distance. When the trend becomes exhausted, some speculators take profits while others look to also exit positions when prices fail to continue in the same direction. This process usually plays out over many months to years and can ultimately create a reverse effect where prices start to fall and speculators start a process of selling when prices are falling.

Here Are This Week’s Most Bullish Speculator Positions:

Cocoa Futures


The Cocoa Futures speculator position comes in as the most bullish extreme standing this week with the speculator level at a 100.0 percent score of its 3-year range.

The six-week trend change for the percent strength score totaled 37.7 this week. The overall net speculator position was a total of 61,714 net contracts this week with a gain of 2,359 contract in the weekly speculator bets.


Bloomberg Commodity Index


The Bloomberg Commodity Index speculator position comes next in the extreme standings this week. The Bloomberg Commodity Index speculator level is now at a 99.6 percent score of its 3-year range.

The six-week trend for the percent strength score was 4.6 this week. The speculator position registered -2,059 net contracts this week with a weekly change of 1,851 contracts in speculator bets.


Live Cattle


The Live Cattle speculator position comes in third this week in the extreme standings. The Live Cattle speculator level resides at a 92.5 percent score of its 3-year range.

The six-week trend for the speculator strength score came in at 7.4 this week. The overall speculator position was 102,034 net contracts this week with a dip of -38 contracts in the weekly speculator bets.


Sugar


The Sugar speculator position comes up number four in the extreme standings this week. The Sugar speculator level is at a 89.8 percent score of its 3-year range.

The six-week trend for the speculator strength score totaled a change of 17.1 this week. The overall speculator position was 279,528 net contracts this week with a rise of 10,356 contracts in the speculator bets.


Mexican Peso


The Mexican Peso speculator position rounds out the top five in this week’s bullish extreme standings. The Mexican Peso speculator level sits at a 89.6 percent score of its 3-year range. The six-week trend for the speculator strength score was -9.1 this week.

The net speculator position was 54,128 net contracts this week with a decline of -2,043 contracts in the weekly speculator bets.


This Week’s Most Bearish Speculator Positions:

5-Year Bond


The 5-Year Bond speculator position comes in as the most bearish extreme standing this week as the speculator level is at a 0.0 percent score of its 3-year range.

The six-week trend for the speculator strength score was -32.3 this week. The overall speculator position was -869,288 net contracts with a sharp drop of -114,786 contracts in the speculator bets.


10-Year Note


The 10-Year Note speculator position comes in next for the most bearish extreme standing on the week. The 10-Year Note speculator level is at a 0.0 percent score of its 3-year range.

The six-week trend for the speculator strength score was -25.3 this week. The speculator position was -740,261 net contracts this week with a decrease of -60,180 contracts in the weekly speculator bets.


Lean Hogs


The Lean Hogs speculator position comes in as third most bearish extreme standing of the week. The Lean Hogs speculator level resides at a 0.1 percent score of its 3-year range.

The six-week trend for the speculator strength score was -18.9 this week. The overall speculator position was -27,022 net contracts this week with a nudge higher by 135 contracts in the speculator bets.


Ultra 10-Year U.S. T-Note


The Ultra 10-Year U.S. T-Note speculator position comes in as this week’s fourth most bearish extreme standing with a speculator level is at 3.3 percent score of its 3-year range.

The six-week trend for the speculator strength score was 0.3 this week. The speculator position was -190,916 net contracts this week with a gain of 15,667 contracts in the weekly speculator bets.


Cotton


Finally, the Cotton speculator position comes in as the fifth most bearish extreme standing for this week. The Cotton speculator level is at a 4.6 percent score of its 3-year range.

The six-week trend for the speculator strength score was -2.0 this week. The speculator position was -5,413 net contracts this week with a drop of -9,883 contracts in the weekly speculator bets.


*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.


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