COT Stock Market Charts: VIX, E-Mini Futures, Dow, Nasdaq, SP500, Russell-2000

September 3, 2021

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Here 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 August 31 2021 and shows a quick view of how macro investors (for-profit speculators and commercial entities) were positioned in the futures markets.


Data Snapshot of Stock Market Traders | Columns Legend
Sep-21-2021OIOI-IndexSpec-NetSpec-IndexCom-NetCOM-IndexSmalls-NetSmalls-Index
S&P500-Mini2,453,181249,81562-106,9524757,13738
Nikkei 22522,57716-6,693315,627721,06640
Nasdaq-Mini222,302269,42280-9,16021-26243
DowJones-Mini95,88464-16,801149,889766,91275
VIX323,31634-61,9276067,58641-5,65935
Nikkei 225 Yen51,3683111,427529,26271-20,68938

VIX Volatility Futures:

Federal Funds 30-Day Bonds Futures COT ChartThe VIX Volatility large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -85,835 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decrease of -12,686 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -73,149 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 50.5 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 50.9 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 27.2 percent.

VIX Volatility Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 21.2 55.9 6.8
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 48.7 25.9 9.3
– Net Position: -85,835 93,529 -7,694
– Gross Longs: 66,107 174,327 21,288
– Gross Shorts: 151,942 80,798 28,982
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.4 to 1 2.2 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 50.5 50.9 27.2
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -13.4 12.4 4.8

 


S&P500 Mini Futures:

2-Year Treasury Bonds Futures COT ChartThe S&P500 Mini large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -28,724 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decrease of -43,617 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 14,893 net contracts.


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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 48.5 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 49.3 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 51.9 percent.

S&P500 Mini Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 14.0 68.5 13.4
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 15.1 71.9 9.0
– Net Position: -28,724 -92,837 121,561
– Gross Longs: 389,721 1,902,213 371,634
– Gross Shorts: 418,445 1,995,050 250,073
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.9 to 1 1.0 to 1 1.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 48.5 49.3 51.9
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bearish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -11.1 -5.2 19.3

 


Dow Jones Mini Futures:

5-Year Treasury Bonds Futures COT ChartThe Dow Jones Mini large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -2,542 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decline of -1,150 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -1,392 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 31.4 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 59.7 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 77.3 percent.

Dow Jones Mini Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 40.1 42.4 16.7
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 42.5 46.8 10.1
– Net Position: -2,542 -4,726 7,268
– Gross Longs: 43,851 46,373 18,281
– Gross Shorts: 46,393 51,099 11,013
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.9 to 1 0.9 to 1 1.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 31.4 59.7 77.3
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 1.6 -4.9 15.6

 


Nasdaq Mini Futures:

10-Year Treasury Notes Bonds Futures COT ChartThe Nasdaq Mini large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -2,449 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lowering of -31 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -2,418 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 73.7 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 35.8 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 15.6 percent.

Nasdaq Mini Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 30.1 51.8 15.9
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 31.2 45.3 21.4
– Net Position: -2,449 15,118 -12,669
– Gross Longs: 69,396 119,514 36,684
– Gross Shorts: 71,845 104,396 49,353
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.0 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 73.7 35.8 15.6
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -0.1 3.0 -10.5

 


Russell 2000 Mini Futures:

Ultra 10-Year Treasury Notes Bonds Futures COT ChartThe Russell 2000 Mini large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -66,790 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly rise of 6,141 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -72,931 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 14.9 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 83.2 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 52.0 percent.

Russell 2000 Mini Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 10.5 81.7 6.6
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 25.2 68.5 5.1
– Net Position: -66,790 60,084 6,706
– Gross Longs: 47,869 371,437 30,012
– Gross Shorts: 114,659 311,353 23,306
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.4 to 1 1.2 to 1 1.3 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 14.9 83.2 52.0
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish-Extreme Bullish-Extreme Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -7.3 7.7 -3.4

 


Nikkei Stock Average (USD) Futures:

US Year Treasury Notes Long Bonds Futures COT ChartThe Nikkei Stock Average (USD) large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -4,003 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly gain of 86 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -4,089 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 40.3 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 66.4 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 28.7 percent.

Nikkei Stock Average Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 16.1 47.9 27.7
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 34.6 30.1 27.0
– Net Position: -4,003 3,855 148
– Gross Longs: 3,484 10,374 6,005
– Gross Shorts: 7,487 6,519 5,857
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.5 to 1 1.6 to 1 1.0 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 40.3 66.4 28.7
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 7.5 -12.0 17.1

 


MSCI EAFE Mini Futures:

Ultra US Year Treasury Notes Long Bonds Futures COT ChartThe MSCI EAFE Mini large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of 18,266 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly fall of -14,186 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 32,452 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 35.8 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 58.5 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 63.3 percent.

MSCI EAFE Mini Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 8.2 89.0 2.5
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 3.7 94.7 1.2
– Net Position: 18,266 -23,491 5,225
– Gross Longs: 33,722 367,699 10,202
– Gross Shorts: 15,456 391,190 4,977
– Long to Short Ratio: 2.2 to 1 0.9 to 1 2.0 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 35.8 58.5 63.3
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -21.8 20.7 5.2

 


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