COT Bonds Speculators drop 10-Year Treasury bearish bets to 15-week low

February 12, 2022

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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 February 8th and shows a quick view of how large traders (for-profit speculators and commercial entities) were positioned in the futures markets.

Highlighting the COT bonds data is the decrease in the 10-Year Bond futures bearish positions. The bearish speculative position in the 10-Year has declined for three out of the past four weeks and by a total of 141,929 contracts over that four-week period. The 10-Year has been on a strong bearish trend and the large speculators position fell over into bearish territory on October 19th with bets hitting a 100-week bearish high on January 11th at -343,839 contracts. Since then, bearish bets have been on the decline and this week the speculator standing reached it’s least bearish level of the past fifteen weeks at a total of -201,910 contracts.

Joining the 10-Year (72,965 contracts) in gaining this week were the Eurodollar (73,184 contracts), Long US Bond (3,523 contracts) and the Ultra US Bond (17,741 contracts) while decreasing bets for the week were seen in 2-Year Bond (-58,904 contracts), Fed Funds (-3,950 contracts), Ultra 10-Year (-33,495 contracts) and the 5-Year (-11,855 contracts).


Data Snapshot of Bond Market Traders | Columns Legend
Feb-08-2022 OI OI-Index Spec-Net Spec-Index Com-Net COM-Index Smalls-Net Smalls-Index
Eurodollar 11,025,435 45 -2,036,292 2 2,480,245 99 -443,953 7
FedFunds 1,774,290 57 28,650 43 -16,498 58 -12,152 31
2-Year 2,302,597 20 -11,430 80 102,779 42 -91,349 4
Long T-Bond 1,186,568 46 -33,025 82 53,361 37 -20,336 36
10-Year 4,048,525 68 -201,910 41 482,585 82 -280,675 13
5-Year 4,020,579 49 -132,379 58 371,113 62 -238,734 15

 


3-Month Eurodollars Futures:

Eurodollar Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 3-Month Eurodollars large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of -2,036,292 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly gain of 73,184 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -2,109,476 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-Extreme with a score of 1.8 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 98.6 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 6.7 percent.

3-Month Eurodollars Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 4.8 75.6 4.2
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 23.3 53.1 8.2
– Net Position: -2,036,292 2,480,245 -443,953
– Gross Longs: 528,925 8,331,007 459,484
– Gross Shorts: 2,565,217 5,850,762 903,437
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.2 to 1 1.4 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 1.8 98.6 6.7
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish-Extreme Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -4.5 5.7 -15.1

 


30-Day Federal Funds Futures:

Federal Funds 30-Day Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 30-Day Federal Funds large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of 28,650 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decline of -3,950 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 32,600 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 43.2 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 57.9 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 31.5 percent.

30-Day Federal Funds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 8.7 74.7 1.4
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 7.1 75.6 2.1
– Net Position: 28,650 -16,498 -12,152
– Gross Longs: 154,974 1,324,844 24,339
– Gross Shorts: 126,324 1,341,342 36,491
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.2 to 1 1.0 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 43.2 57.9 31.5
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 15.1 -15.0 4.9

 


2-Year Treasury Note Futures:

2-Year Treasury Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 2-Year Treasury Note large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of -11,430 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decrease of -58,904 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 47,474 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 80.0 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 42.3 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 4.5 percent.

2-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 19.1 71.0 5.4
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 19.6 66.5 9.4
– Net Position: -11,430 102,779 -91,349
– Gross Longs: 439,999 1,634,283 124,882
– Gross Shorts: 451,429 1,531,504 216,231
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.0 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.6 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 80.0 42.3 4.5
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -20.0 28.1 -13.0

 


5-Year Treasury Note Futures:

5-Year Treasury Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 5-Year Treasury Note large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of -132,379 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decline of -11,855 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -120,524 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 58.5 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 62.4 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 15.5 percent.

5-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 11.3 78.7 6.8
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 14.6 69.5 12.8
– Net Position: -132,379 371,113 -238,734
– Gross Longs: 454,870 3,164,451 275,377
– Gross Shorts: 587,249 2,793,338 514,111
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.8 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 58.5 62.4 15.5
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 30.3 -22.3 1.7

 


10-Year Treasury Note Futures:

10-Year Treasury Notes Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 10-Year Treasury Note large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of -201,910 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly rise of 72,965 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -274,875 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 41.0 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 82.3 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 13.3 percent.

10-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 13.0 75.5 7.6
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 18.0 63.5 14.5
– Net Position: -201,910 482,585 -280,675
– Gross Longs: 526,749 3,055,005 306,662
– Gross Shorts: 728,659 2,572,420 587,337
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.7 to 1 1.2 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 41.0 82.3 13.3
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 1.8 3.0 -8.3

 


Ultra 10-Year Notes Futures:

Ultra 10-Year Treasury Notes Bonds Futures COT ChartThe Ultra 10-Year Notes large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of 44,011 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly reduction of -33,495 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 77,506 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 39.4 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 76.2 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 20.4 percent.

Ultra 10-Year Notes Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 17.6 72.5 8.6
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 14.5 64.4 19.8
– Net Position: 44,011 114,010 -158,021
– Gross Longs: 248,068 1,022,226 120,720
– Gross Shorts: 204,057 908,216 278,741
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.2 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.4 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 39.4 76.2 20.4
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -18.4 21.6 -4.4

 


US Treasury Bonds Futures:

US Year Treasury Notes Long Bonds Futures COT ChartThe US Treasury Bonds large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of -33,025 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly advance of 3,523 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -36,548 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-Extreme with a score of 81.6 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 37.1 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 36.4 percent.

US Treasury Bonds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 9.4 75.1 13.5
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 12.2 70.6 15.2
– Net Position: -33,025 53,361 -20,336
– Gross Longs: 111,888 891,085 160,408
– Gross Shorts: 144,913 837,724 180,744
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.8 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.9 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 81.6 37.1 36.4
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -4.7 20.4 -40.4

 


Ultra US Treasury Bonds Futures:

Ultra US Year Treasury Notes Long Bonds Futures COT ChartThe Ultra US Treasury Bonds large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of -315,852 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly rise of 17,741 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -333,593 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 56.4 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 54.2 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 50.8 percent.

Ultra US Treasury Bonds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 5.6 81.1 12.3
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 30.1 59.0 9.9
– Net Position: -315,852 284,470 31,382
– Gross Longs: 71,447 1,043,619 158,198
– Gross Shorts: 387,299 759,149 126,816
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.2 to 1 1.4 to 1 1.2 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 56.4 54.2 50.8
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -6.2 9.8 -3.5

 


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