Soft Commodities Speculators continue to boost their Sugar bullish bets to 20-week high

April 16, 2022

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COT Commodities Open Interest Comparison

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 April 12th and shows a quick view of how large traders (for-profit speculators and commercial entities) were positioned in the futures markets.

Highlighting the COT soft commodities data is once again a surge higher in this week’s Sugar futures bets. The speculative net position in the Sugar futures gained for a third consecutive week this week and for the seventh time in the past eight weeks. Sugar bullish bets have increased by a total of +165,301 contracts over that eight-week time-frame, going from 74,563 net contracts on February 15th to a total of 239,864 net contracts through Tuesday. This sentiment boost has now brought the current speculator net position to the most bullish level of the past twenty weeks, dating back to November 30th. Sugar prices have been strong as well and traded this week at their highest standing since back in November.

The soft commodities that saw higher bets this week were Corn (8,508 contracts), Sugar (51,317 contracts), Coffee (4,118 contracts), Soybean Oil (8,828 contracts), Live Cattle (2,775 contracts), Cocoa (2,525 contracts) and Wheat (3,935 contracts).

The markets with declining speculator bets this week were Soybeans (-629 contracts), Lean Hogs (-4,729 contracts), Cotton (-1,090 contracts) and Soybean Meal (-7,520 contracts).


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COT Commodity Futures Current Strength Indexes

Speculator strength standings for each Commodity where strength index is current net position compared to past three years, above 80 is bullish extreme, below 20 is bearish extreme

OI Strength = Current Open Interest level compared to last 3 years range
Spec Strength = Current Net Speculator level compared to last 3 years range
Strength Move = Six week change of Spec Strength


Data Snapshot of Commodity Market Traders | Columns Legend
Apr-12-2022 OI OI-Index Spec-Net Spec-Index Com-Net COM-Index Smalls-Net Smalls-Index
WTI Crude 1,783,725 0 304,778 0 -350,603 100 45,825 80
Gold 577,639 40 254,287 69 -288,093 30 33,806 60
Silver 158,813 24 45,986 68 -63,690 36 17,704 46
Copper 204,825 30 23,350 59 -29,249 39 5,899 59
Palladium 6,340 0 -2,033 10 1,402 84 631 80
Platinum 63,363 27 6,415 11 -13,233 90 6,818 57
Natural Gas 1,170,828 20 -137,549 37 90,221 59 47,328 99
Brent 190,488 32 -36,318 50 33,933 50 2,385 41
Heating Oil 349,618 31 6,455 52 -32,434 37 25,979 88
Soybeans 752,157 34 198,295 79 -170,694 26 -27,601 24
Corn 1,589,848 36 495,581 93 -443,706 9 -51,875 13
Coffee 214,938 0 47,929 83 -52,716 19 4,787 24
Sugar 916,130 23 239,864 86 -301,628 11 61,764 84
Wheat 338,271 1 23,886 67 -21,258 20 -2,628 99

 


CORN Futures:

CORN Futures COT ChartThe CORN large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of 495,581 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lift of 8,508 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 487,073 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 93.3 percent. The commercials are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 8.7 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 13.2 percent.

CORN Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 36.0 45.4 9.4
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 4.8 73.3 12.7
– Net Position: 495,581 -443,706 -51,875
– Gross Longs: 572,527 721,141 149,665
– Gross Shorts: 76,946 1,164,847 201,540
– Long to Short Ratio: 7.4 to 1 0.6 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 93.3 8.7 13.2
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 4.4 -2.3 -10.8

 


SUGAR Futures:

SUGAR Futures COT ChartThe SUGAR large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of 239,864 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly rise of 51,317 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 188,547 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 85.9 percent. The commercials are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 11.0 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 84.2 percent.

SUGAR Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 31.9 44.5 12.1
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 5.8 77.4 5.4
– Net Position: 239,864 -301,628 61,764
– Gross Longs: 292,621 407,382 110,845
– Gross Shorts: 52,757 709,010 49,081
– Long to Short Ratio: 5.5 to 1 0.6 to 1 2.3 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 85.9 11.0 84.2
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme Bullish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 31.9 -37.2 50.7

 


COFFEE Futures:

COFFEE Futures COT ChartThe COFFEE large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of 47,929 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly increase of 4,118 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 43,811 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 83.1 percent. The commercials are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 18.7 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 24.4 percent.

COFFEE Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 26.4 51.6 5.0
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 4.1 76.1 2.7
– Net Position: 47,929 -52,716 4,787
– Gross Longs: 56,743 110,821 10,640
– Gross Shorts: 8,814 163,537 5,853
– Long to Short Ratio: 6.4 to 1 0.7 to 1 1.8 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 83.1 18.7 24.4
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -10.4 10.8 3.2

 


SOYBEANS Futures:

SOYBEANS Futures COT ChartThe SOYBEANS large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of 198,295 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lowering of -629 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 198,924 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 79.3 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 25.7 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 24.4 percent.

SOYBEANS Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 32.9 47.0 7.1
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 6.6 69.6 10.8
– Net Position: 198,295 -170,694 -27,601
– Gross Longs: 247,765 353,160 53,388
– Gross Shorts: 49,470 523,854 80,989
– Long to Short Ratio: 5.0 to 1 0.7 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 79.3 25.7 24.4
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -5.1 4.4 3.5

 


SOYBEAN OIL Futures:

SOYBEAN OIL Futures COT ChartThe SOYBEAN OIL large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of 98,324 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly gain of 8,828 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 89,496 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 76.9 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 20.2 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 91.1 percent.

SOYBEAN OIL Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 31.2 46.9 11.1
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 4.2 79.6 5.4
– Net Position: 98,324 -119,136 20,812
– Gross Longs: 113,809 170,924 40,463
– Gross Shorts: 15,485 290,060 19,651
– Long to Short Ratio: 7.3 to 1 0.6 to 1 2.1 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 76.9 20.2 91.1
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bullish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 7.2 -9.5 20.6

 


SOYBEAN MEAL Futures:

SOYBEAN MEAL Futures COT ChartThe SOYBEAN MEAL large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of 116,258 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decrease of -7,520 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 123,778 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 92.2 percent. The commercials are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 5.9 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 98.7 percent.

SOYBEAN MEAL Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 32.8 42.9 13.1
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 3.5 80.2 5.1
– Net Position: 116,258 -148,220 31,962
– Gross Longs: 130,357 170,806 52,146
– Gross Shorts: 14,099 319,026 20,184
– Long to Short Ratio: 9.2 to 1 0.5 to 1 2.6 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 92.2 5.9 98.7
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme Bullish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 1.7 -5.1 28.2

 


LIVE CATTLE Futures:

LIVE CATTLE Futures COT ChartThe LIVE CATTLE large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of 51,842 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly advance of 2,775 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 49,067 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 23.8 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 72.3 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 65.1 percent.

LIVE CATTLE Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 36.9 40.4 10.1
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 20.1 54.4 12.9
– Net Position: 51,842 -43,300 -8,542
– Gross Longs: 113,806 124,469 31,249
– Gross Shorts: 61,964 167,769 39,791
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.8 to 1 0.7 to 1 0.8 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 23.8 72.3 65.1
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -4.8 6.5 -1.6

 


LEAN HOGS Futures:

LEAN HOGS Futures COT ChartThe LEAN HOGS large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of 40,771 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly reduction of -4,729 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 45,500 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 51.2 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 51.3 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 68.1 percent.

LEAN HOGS Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 36.4 35.0 10.2
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 18.7 50.4 12.4
– Net Position: 40,771 -35,705 -5,066
– Gross Longs: 84,112 80,838 23,679
– Gross Shorts: 43,341 116,543 28,745
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.9 to 1 0.7 to 1 0.8 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 51.2 51.3 68.1
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -22.3 19.7 19.0

 


COTTON Futures:

COTTON Futures COT ChartThe COTTON large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of 83,220 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lowering of -1,090 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 84,310 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 75.7 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 21.5 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 97.5 percent.

COTTON Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 45.1 35.4 9.3
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 7.4 79.2 3.2
– Net Position: 83,220 -96,675 13,455
– Gross Longs: 99,542 78,213 20,481
– Gross Shorts: 16,322 174,888 7,026
– Long to Short Ratio: 6.1 to 1 0.4 to 1 2.9 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 75.7 21.5 97.5
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bullish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -5.5 3.6 15.2

 


COCOA Futures:

COCOA Futures COT ChartThe COCOA large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of 39,159 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly advance of 2,525 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 36,634 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 56.0 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 40.6 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 72.0 percent.

COCOA Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 31.0 44.8 6.9
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 14.7 64.2 3.8
– Net Position: 39,159 -46,610 7,451
– Gross Longs: 74,307 107,381 16,611
– Gross Shorts: 35,148 153,991 9,160
– Long to Short Ratio: 2.1 to 1 0.7 to 1 1.8 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 56.0 40.6 72.0
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 13.4 -10.9 -24.9

 


WHEAT Futures:

WHEAT Futures COT ChartThe WHEAT large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of 23,886 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lift of 3,935 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 19,951 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 67.4 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 20.1 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 99.1 percent.

WHEAT Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 35.3 37.1 9.6
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 28.3 43.4 10.4
– Net Position: 23,886 -21,258 -2,628
– Gross Longs: 119,566 125,657 32,500
– Gross Shorts: 95,680 146,915 35,128
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.2 to 1 0.9 to 1 0.9 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 67.4 20.1 99.1
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bullish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 14.9 -21.0 21.9

 


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