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COT Bonds Speculators drop 10-Year Treasury Notes bets to lowest level in 91-weeks

By InvestMacro | COT | Data Tables | COT Leaders | Downloads | COT Newsletter

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 November 16th 2021 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 this week is the increase in bearishness of the 10-Year Treasury Note speculators. The 10-Year speculative positions fell by -26,809 net contracts this week and have now declined in four out of the past five weeks. Speculator net positions have experienced a huge drop of -450,183 contracts in just that 5-week period. This bearishness has dropped the current spec level to the most bearish standing since February 18th of 2020, a span of ninety-one weeks.

Looking at the overall situation in the 10-Year futures market shows that speculators (-294,141 contracts) and small traders (-304,450 contracts) currently make up the bearish side while the commercial hedgers (598,591 contracts) are very bullish and sport a strength index score of 99 percent. This means that commercial traders are right at the top of their range of bullishness over the past three years and as these traders can eventually move markets, this situation bears watching.


Data Snapshot of Bond Market Traders | Columns Legend
Nov-16-2021 OI OI-Index Spec-Net Spec-Index Com-Net COM-Index Smalls-Net Smalls-Index
Eurodollar 12,283,299 61 -1,119,283 28 1,477,223 68 -357,940 55
FedFunds 1,207,677 17 -65,206 32 74,839 69 -9,633 45
2-Year 2,016,362 9 -5,445 91 63,501 30 -58,056 0
Long T-Bond 1,232,186 54 -16,368 88 8,293 23 8,075 59
10-Year 3,972,392 62 -294,141 27 598,591 99 -304,450 8
5-Year 3,630,431 28 -344,595 20 581,981 93 -237,386 5

 


3-Month Eurodollars Futures:

Eurodollar Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 3-Month Eurodollars large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -1,119,283 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly fall of -147,373 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -971,910 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 28.3 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 67.7 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 55.5 percent.

3-Month Eurodollars Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 12.0 66.3 4.4
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 21.1 54.2 7.3
– Net Position: -1,119,283 1,477,223 -357,940
– Gross Longs: 1,477,552 8,137,706 540,741
– Gross Shorts: 2,596,835 6,660,483 898,681
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.6 to 1 1.2 to 1 0.6 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 28.3 67.7 55.5
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -7.0 8.6 -16.1

 


30-Day Federal Funds Futures:

Federal Funds 30-Day Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 30-Day Federal Funds large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -65,206 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly boost of 2,743 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -67,949 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 31.6 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 69.0 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 44.5 percent.

30-Day Federal Funds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 4.9 81.4 1.7
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 10.3 75.2 2.5
– Net Position: -65,206 74,839 -9,633
– Gross Longs: 58,782 982,458 20,741
– Gross Shorts: 123,988 907,619 30,374
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.5 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 31.6 69.0 44.5
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 1.6 -1.8 4.3

 


2-Year Treasury Note Futures:

2-Year Treasury Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 2-Year Treasury Note large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -5,445 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly advance of 11,292 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -16,737 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 91.1 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 29.6 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 0.0 percent.

2-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 17.1 73.3 6.0
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 17.4 70.1 8.9
– Net Position: -5,445 63,501 -58,056
– Gross Longs: 345,245 1,477,100 121,652
– Gross Shorts: 350,690 1,413,599 179,708
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.0 to 1 1.0 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 91.1 29.6 0.0
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 8.2 1.9 -25.8

 


5-Year Treasury Note Futures:

5-Year Treasury Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 5-Year Treasury Note large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -344,595 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lift of 62,890 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -407,485 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 19.7 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 92.6 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 5.5 percent.

5-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 8.3 81.1 7.2
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 17.8 65.1 13.7
– Net Position: -344,595 581,981 -237,386
– Gross Longs: 300,750 2,944,901 261,002
– Gross Shorts: 645,345 2,362,920 498,388
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.5 to 1 1.2 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 19.7 92.6 5.5
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish-Extreme Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -5.4 4.5 -1.3

 


10-Year Treasury Note Futures:

10-Year Treasury Notes Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 10-Year Treasury Note large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -294,141 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decline of -26,809 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -267,332 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 26.7 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 99.0 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 7.8 percent.

10-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 12.3 76.9 7.4
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 19.7 61.8 15.1
– Net Position: -294,141 598,591 -304,450
– Gross Longs: 486,980 3,053,354 293,521
– Gross Shorts: 781,121 2,454,763 597,971
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.6 to 1 1.2 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 26.7 99.0 7.8
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -67.1 51.3 6.9

 


Ultra 10-Year Notes Futures:

Ultra 10-Year Treasury Notes Bonds Futures COT ChartThe Ultra 10-Year Notes large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of 162,410 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decrease of -39,640 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 202,050 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 70.6 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 45.2 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 11.0 percent.

Ultra 10-Year Notes Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 20.1 71.6 7.0
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 10.1 71.4 17.3
– Net Position: 162,410 3,376 -165,786
– Gross Longs: 324,961 1,154,942 113,100
– Gross Shorts: 162,551 1,151,566 278,886
– Long to Short Ratio: 2.0 to 1 1.0 to 1 0.4 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 70.6 45.2 11.0
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 21.5 -25.6 6.2

 


US Treasury Bonds Futures:

US Year Treasury Notes Long Bonds Futures COT ChartThe US Treasury Bonds large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -16,368 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly rise of 11,704 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -28,072 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 87.5 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 22.8 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 59.0 percent.

US Treasury Bonds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 11.8 69.6 16.0
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 13.1 68.9 15.4
– Net Position: -16,368 8,293 8,075
– Gross Longs: 144,973 857,612 197,253
– Gross Shorts: 161,341 849,319 189,178
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.9 to 1 1.0 to 1 1.0 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 87.5 22.8 59.0
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 29.6 -32.4 15.4

 


Ultra US Treasury Bonds Futures:

Ultra US Year Treasury Notes Long Bonds Futures COT ChartThe Ultra US Treasury Bonds large speculator standing this week came in at a net position of -298,879 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly gain of 1,903 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -300,782 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 63.3 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 55.9 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 36.1 percent.

Ultra US Treasury Bonds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 5.9 80.4 12.4
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 29.6 57.5 11.6
– Net Position: -298,879 287,988 10,891
– Gross Longs: 74,179 1,012,845 156,624
– Gross Shorts: 373,058 724,857 145,733
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.2 to 1 1.4 to 1 1.1 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 63.3 55.9 36.1
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 6.0 -17.7 15.4

 


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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.

COT Speculators boosted Ultra 10-Year Treasury Notes & 2-Year bonds bets

By InvestMacro | COT | Data Tables | COT Leaders | Downloads | COT Newsletter

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 November 9th 2021 and shows a quick view of how large traders (for-profit speculators and commercial entities) were positioned in the futures markets. This week’s reports are delayed due to last week’s Veteran’s Day holiday.

Highlighting this week’s COT data for bonds were the gains in speculative bets for the Ultra 10-Year Notes and the 2-Year bond. These two markets each rose by over +46,000 net positions this week and led the weekly net changes for all the markets we cover. These two markets are also in extreme bullish positions for the speculator strength indexes with the 2-Year bond at an 88.6 percent score while the Ultra 10-Year is at an 81.1 percent score. The strength index weighs the current position against the past three years with extreme scores above 80 (bullish) and below 20 (bearish).


Data Snapshot of Bond Market Traders | Columns Legend
Nov-09-2021 OI OI-Index Spec-Net Spec-Index Com-Net COM-Index Smalls-Net Smalls-Index
Eurodollar 12,396,094 63 -971,910 31 1,331,314 65 -359,404 56
FedFunds 1,157,278 14 -67,949 31 77,176 69 -9,227 45
2-Year 2,013,763 9 -16,737 89 68,313 31 -51,576 1
Long T-Bond 1,206,593 50 -28,072 83 10,259 23 17,813 67
10-Year 3,883,483 56 -267,332 31 572,247 96 -304,915 8
5-Year 3,600,589 26 -407,485 8 637,634 100 -230,149 8

 


3-Month Eurodollars Futures:

Eurodollar Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 3-Month Eurodollars large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of -971,910 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly boost of 21,463 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -993,373 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 31.2 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 65.1 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 55.9 percent.

3-Month Eurodollars Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 12.8 66.8 4.0
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 20.6 56.0 6.9
– Net Position: -971,910 1,331,314 -359,404
– Gross Longs: 1,581,479 8,275,703 492,587
– Gross Shorts: 2,553,389 6,944,389 851,991
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.6 to 1 1.2 to 1 0.6 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 31.2 65.1 55.9
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -1.5 3.8 -18.0

 


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 -67,949 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decline of -5,481 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -62,468 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 31.2 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 69.3 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 45.4 percent.

30-Day Federal Funds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 4.2 81.5 2.0
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 10.1 74.8 2.8
– Net Position: -67,949 77,176 -9,227
– Gross Longs: 48,886 943,134 22,753
– Gross Shorts: 116,835 865,958 31,980
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.4 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 31.2 69.3 45.4
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 2.3 -2.7 6.2

 


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 -16,737 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly gain of 46,371 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -63,108 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 88.6 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 30.6 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 0.9 percent.

2-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 17.1 73.1 6.2
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 18.0 69.7 8.7
– Net Position: -16,737 68,313 -51,576
– Gross Longs: 345,187 1,471,287 124,473
– Gross Shorts: 361,924 1,402,974 176,049
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.0 to 1 1.0 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 88.6 30.6 0.9
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 10.2 1.0 -29.0

 


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 -407,485 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decrease of -31,132 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -376,353 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 8.3 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 100.0 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 7.7 percent.

5-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 7.2 82.3 7.1
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 18.5 64.6 13.5
– Net Position: -407,485 637,634 -230,149
– Gross Longs: 258,018 2,964,073 256,898
– Gross Shorts: 665,503 2,326,439 487,047
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.4 to 1 1.3 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 8.3 100.0 7.7
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish-Extreme Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -19.8 23.5 -20.8

 


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 -267,332 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly increase of 1,337 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -268,669 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 30.9 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 95.7 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 7.7 percent.

10-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 12.7 76.6 7.8
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 19.5 61.9 15.7
– Net Position: -267,332 572,247 -304,915
– Gross Longs: 491,821 2,976,174 303,939
– Gross Shorts: 759,153 2,403,927 608,854
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.6 to 1 1.2 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 30.9 95.7 7.7
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -69.1 58.6 -3.5

 


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 202,050 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly increase of 48,567 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 153,483 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 81.1 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 39.0 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 0.0 percent.

Ultra 10-Year Notes Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 22.0 71.0 6.6
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 9.5 72.2 17.9
– Net Position: 202,050 -18,901 -183,149
– Gross Longs: 355,010 1,147,620 105,943
– Gross Shorts: 152,960 1,166,521 289,092
– Long to Short Ratio: 2.3 to 1 1.0 to 1 0.4 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 81.1 39.0 0.0
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 33.3 -27.2 -18.5

 


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 -28,072 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lift of 4,475 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -32,547 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 83.3 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 23.4 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 66.7 percent.

US Treasury Bonds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 11.0 71.6 15.5
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 13.3 70.7 14.0
– Net Position: -28,072 10,259 17,813
– Gross Longs: 132,694 863,487 186,632
– Gross Shorts: 160,766 853,228 168,819
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.8 to 1 1.0 to 1 1.1 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 83.3 23.4 66.7
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 28.3 -27.7 6.5

 


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 -300,782 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decrease of -8,171 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -292,611 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 62.5 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 57.7 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 34.8 percent.

Ultra US Treasury Bonds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 4.7 81.4 12.7
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 28.8 58.0 12.0
– Net Position: -300,782 291,663 9,119
– Gross Longs: 58,213 1,013,082 157,838
– Gross Shorts: 358,995 721,419 148,719
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.2 to 1 1.4 to 1 1.1 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 62.5 57.7 34.8
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -0.4 -1.5 2.9

 


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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.

Interest rates: why the era of cheap money is finally ending

By John Whittaker, Lancaster University 

The Bank of England was widely expected to slightly increase its official bank rate on November 4, but it decided to stick to the all-time low of 0.1%. However, the bank has made it clear that a rise will soon be needed, and the recent increases in mortgage rates indicate that lenders agree. So why the decision to hold off?

The Bank of England is well aware of the distress that higher rates cause for borrowers and, in particular, for the biggest borrower in the land: the UK government. At the current level of national debt, roughly £2 trillion, every rise in rates by one percentage point pushes up the interest paid by the government on its bonds by £20 billion per year over the long term.

Higher rates also have a dampening effect on the prices of property and financial assets such as shares. Indeed, this is one way in which monetary policy is believed to work: if people feel less wealthy, they spend less and this relieves the pressure on inflation.

On the other hand, what’s bad for borrowers is good for savers. As rates rise, bank deposits will be better rewarded and even the finances of our beleaguered pension funds should begin to look more healthy.

But regardless of who wins and who loses from higher interest rates, inflation is on the rise. The bank does not want to lose credibility by letting it rise too far before tightening monetary policy.

The inflation dilemma

After rising for the past 12 months, UK inflation is currently 3.1%, and the bank expects it could even reach an uncomfortable 5% by early next year – much higher than its 2% target. Yet the bank maintains the view that this higher inflation will turn out to be temporary, arguing that it will fall back as the post-COVID excess demand for goods subsides and supply bottlenecks are worked out. Against that, energy prices are likely to remain higher, driven partly by climate initiatives; and if employers continue to have trouble filling vacancies, higher wages will also tend to push up prices.

The bottom line is that nobody really knows where inflation is heading, so the bank is wrestling with the usual dilemma: does it raise rates now to forestall future inflation, or does it hold rates down to avoid jeopardising the economic recovery while hoping that inflation will subside by itself? It can’t have it both ways.

Annual inflation 2019-21

Graph showing annual inflation 2019-21
ONS

This same dilemma is echoed in other countries. In the United States, the position is similarly troubling, with inflation already at 5.4% against a 2% target. Yet the Federal Reserve also continues to insist that the current high inflation is temporary, thereby justifying keeping its official interest rate (the Fed funds rate) near zero.

Yet the Fed is not completely sitting on its hands; it has announced that it will start “tapering” its quantitative easing (QE) programme, in which it is creating US$120 billion (£89 billion) a month to buy US government bonds and other financial assets to help prop up the economy. From the middle of November, it will scale this back by US$15 billion each month. This is at least an acknowledgement by the Fed that its excessively stimulatory monetary policy must eventually come to an end.

Back in the UK, the Bank of England has accumulated £800 billion of government debt as a result of its own QE asset purchases, designed to stimulate demand particularly since the outbreak of COVID. At some stage, the bank will need to begin offloading this debt.

Its choices of when and how to do this present the bank with arguably an even bigger dilemma than the bank rate, because unwinding QE will drive up yields on bonds – thus directly raising interest costs for the government and all other long-term borrowers.

Yields on 10-year UK government bonds

Chart showing 10-year government bond yields
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In fact, yields have already started rising after many years of decline (see chart above). This is a sign that investors think that monetary policy needs to become tighter to curb inflation (by raising official rates and reversing QE) – which also explains why mortgage rates have already been rising.

This all confirms that the long era of ever-cheaper finance is finally over. The future will be tougher thanks to higher interest rates, or higher inflation, or both.The Conversation

John Whittaker, Senior Teaching Fellow in Economics, Lancaster University

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

COT Bonds Futures Charts: 2-Year & Long Treasury Notes see Speculator bets rise this week

By InvestMacro | COT | Data Tables | COT Leaders | Downloads | COT Newsletter

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 November 2nd 2021 and shows a quick view of how large traders (for-profit speculators and commercial entities) were positioned in the futures markets.

Highlighting this week’s COT Bonds data is the general rise in speculator positions among a few of the bond market symbols while other symbols fell sharply. This week has seen the 2-Year bond speculators boost their net positions by +49,210 contracts while the Ultra Long US Treasury bond bets increased by 38,602 contracts and the Long US Treasury bond positions gained by 34,447 contracts this week. These were the second, third and fourth highest weekly changes for speculator positions this week. On the other side of the leaders were the Fed Funds, 5-Year, 10-Year and the Eurodollar markets which registered as the symbols with the largest speculator net decreases on the week.


Data Snapshot of Bond Market Traders | Columns Legend
Nov-02-2021 OI OI-Index Spec-Net Spec-Index Com-Net COM-Index Smalls-Net Smalls-Index
Eurodollar 12,358,986 62 -993,373 31 1,355,371 64 -361,998 56
FedFunds 1,160,971 14 -62,468 32 74,234 69 -11,766 40
2-Year 2,052,533 11 -63,108 78 116,263 40 -53,155 0
Long T-Bond 1,158,749 42 -32,547 82 48,443 36 -15,896 40
10-Year 3,973,988 63 -268,669 31 606,611 100 -337,942 0
5-Year 3,568,732 24 -376,353 29 606,647 94 -230,294 8

 


3-Month Eurodollars Futures:

Eurodollar Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 3-Month Eurodollars large speculator standing this week resulted in a net position of -993,373 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly reduction of -268,380 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -724,993 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 31.2 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 64.3 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 55.9 percent.

3-Month Eurodollars Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 12.6 66.1 4.3
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 20.7 55.2 7.2
– Net Position: -993,373 1,355,371 -361,998
– Gross Longs: 1,561,061 8,174,708 530,581
– Gross Shorts: 2,554,434 6,819,337 892,579
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.6 to 1 1.2 to 1 0.6 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 31.2 64.3 55.9
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -4.1 7.8 -30.5

 


30-Day Federal Funds Futures:

Federal Funds 30-Day Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 30-Day Federal Funds large speculator standing this week resulted in a net position of -62,468 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lowering of -17,877 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -44,591 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 31.9 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 68.9 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 39.9 percent.

30-Day Federal Funds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 4.4 80.7 2.0
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 9.7 74.3 3.0
– Net Position: -62,468 74,234 -11,766
– Gross Longs: 50,587 937,379 23,576
– Gross Shorts: 113,055 863,145 35,342
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.4 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 31.9 68.9 39.9
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 2.9 -2.6 -4.4

 


2-Year Treasury Note Futures:

2-Year Treasury Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 2-Year Treasury Note large speculator standing this week resulted in a net position of -63,108 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lift of 49,210 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -112,318 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 78.4 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 39.8 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 0.0 percent.

2-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 16.0 74.1 6.2
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 19.1 68.5 8.8
– Net Position: -63,108 116,263 -53,155
– Gross Longs: 329,143 1,521,704 127,629
– Gross Shorts: 392,251 1,405,441 180,784
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.8 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 78.4 39.8 0.0
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -7.2 19.9 -40.2

 


5-Year Treasury Note Futures:

5-Year Treasury Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 5-Year Treasury Note large speculator standing this week resulted in a net position of -376,353 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lowering of -34,878 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -341,475 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 29.2 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 94.2 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 7.7 percent.

5-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 8.9 80.7 7.4
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 19.4 63.7 13.8
– Net Position: -376,353 606,647 -230,294
– Gross Longs: 317,689 2,880,804 263,908
– Gross Shorts: 694,042 2,274,157 494,202
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.5 to 1 1.3 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 29.2 94.2 7.7
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -34.4 42.2 -28.3

 


10-Year Treasury Note Futures:

10-Year Treasury Notes Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 10-Year Treasury Note large speculator standing this week resulted in a net position of -268,669 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decrease of -153,824 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -114,845 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 30.7 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 100.0 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 0.0 percent.

10-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 12.5 76.8 7.4
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 19.2 61.6 15.9
– Net Position: -268,669 606,611 -337,942
– Gross Longs: 496,137 3,052,628 294,092
– Gross Shorts: 764,806 2,446,017 632,034
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.6 to 1 1.2 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 30.7 100.0 0.0
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -50.8 55.4 -25.2

 


Ultra 10-Year Notes Futures:

Ultra 10-Year Treasury Notes Bonds Futures COT ChartThe Ultra 10-Year Notes large speculator standing this week resulted in a net position of 153,483 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly fall of -3,271 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 156,754 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 68.3 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 50.8 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 2.4 percent.

Ultra 10-Year Notes Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 20.6 71.9 6.8
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 10.9 70.5 18.0
– Net Position: 153,483 23,194 -176,677
– Gross Longs: 325,104 1,136,251 107,890
– Gross Shorts: 171,621 1,113,057 284,567
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.9 to 1 1.0 to 1 0.4 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 68.3 50.8 2.4
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 17.8 -11.8 -16.2

 


US Treasury Bonds Futures:

US Year Treasury Notes Long Bonds Futures COT ChartThe US Treasury Bonds large speculator standing this week resulted in a net position of -32,547 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly increase of 34,447 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -66,994 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 81.7 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 35.6 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 40.0 percent.

US Treasury Bonds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 10.5 73.6 14.5
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 13.3 69.4 15.9
– Net Position: -32,547 48,443 -15,896
– Gross Longs: 121,529 852,718 168,279
– Gross Shorts: 154,076 804,275 184,175
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.8 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.9 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 81.7 35.6 40.0
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 20.0 -8.9 -22.0

 


Ultra US Treasury Bonds Futures:

Ultra US Year Treasury Notes Long Bonds Futures COT ChartThe Ultra US Treasury Bonds large speculator standing this week resulted in a net position of -292,611 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly boost of 38,602 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -331,213 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 65.8 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 53.6 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 35.0 percent.

Ultra US Treasury Bonds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 3.9 82.5 12.7
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 28.0 59.2 12.0
– Net Position: -292,611 283,250 9,361
– Gross Longs: 47,132 1,001,156 154,604
– Gross Shorts: 339,743 717,906 145,243
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.1 to 1 1.4 to 1 1.1 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 65.8 53.6 35.0
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 0.9 3.1 -6.1

 


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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.

COT Bonds Futures Charts: 5-Year Treasury Bond Speculator bets fall to 46-Week Low

By InvestMacro.com COT Home | Data Tables | Data Downloads | Newsletter

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 October 26th 2021 and shows a quick view of how large traders (for-profit speculators and commercial entities) were positioned in the futures markets.

Highlighting this week’s COT Bonds data is the 5-Year Treasury Bond’s speculator positions that fell to a forty-six week low-point. The 5-year bond speculative position declined by over -86,000 contracts this week and fell for the fifth time in the past six weeks. The spec position has now fallen by a total -317,109 contracts over the past six weeks. The current net bearish standing sits at a total of -341,475 contracts for the 5-year bond speculators which registers as the most bearish level since December 8th of 2020 when net positions totaled -342,024 contracts.


Data Snapshot of Bond Market Traders | Columns Legend
Oct-26-2021 OI OI-Index Spec-Net Spec-Index Com-Net COM-Index Smalls-Net Smalls-Index
Eurodollar 12,675,714 68 -724,993 36 1,046,056 59 -321,063 61
FedFunds 1,293,093 23 -44,591 34 54,410 66 -9,819 44
2-Year 2,029,079 10 -112,318 67 154,788 47 -42,470 1
Long T-Bond 1,173,180 44 -66,994 69 87,013 48 -20,019 37
10-Year 4,000,227 64 -114,845 59 441,515 75 -326,670 2
5-Year 3,586,544 25 -341,475 34 579,881 91 -238,406 5

 


3-Month Eurodollars Futures:

Eurodollar Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 3-Month Eurodollars large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of -724,993 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly rise of 56,207 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -781,200 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 36.4 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 58.9 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 61.2 percent.

3-Month Eurodollars Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 13.5 63.7 4.3
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 19.2 55.5 6.9
– Net Position: -724,993 1,046,056 -321,063
– Gross Longs: 1,711,694 8,076,945 551,131
– Gross Shorts: 2,436,687 7,030,889 872,194
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.7 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.6 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 36.4 58.9 61.2
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -2.4 5.3 -23.8

 


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 -44,591 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly rise of 9,893 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -54,484 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 34.1 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 66.5 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 44.1 percent.

30-Day Federal Funds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 5.6 78.6 1.4
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 9.1 74.4 2.1
– Net Position: -44,591 54,410 -9,819
– Gross Longs: 72,575 1,016,206 17,945
– Gross Shorts: 117,166 961,796 27,764
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.6 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.6 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 34.1 66.5 44.1
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 4.2 -3.6 -8.1

 


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 -112,318 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly rise of 20,634 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -132,952 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 67.5 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 47.2 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 0.5 percent.

2-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 16.3 73.8 6.8
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 21.8 66.2 8.9
– Net Position: -112,318 154,788 -42,470
– Gross Longs: 330,130 1,497,320 138,359
– Gross Shorts: 442,448 1,342,532 180,829
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.7 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.8 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 67.5 47.2 0.5
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -19.4 28.2 -35.2

 


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 -341,475 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decrease of -86,264 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -255,211 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 34.4 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 90.7 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 5.2 percent.

5-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 10.0 79.3 7.1
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 19.5 63.1 13.8
– Net Position: -341,475 579,881 -238,406
– Gross Longs: 359,180 2,844,217 255,899
– Gross Shorts: 700,655 2,264,336 494,305
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.5 to 1 1.3 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 34.4 90.7 5.2
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -47.6 55.7 -32.7

 


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 -114,845 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decrease of -114,301 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -544 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 58.9 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 74.9 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 1.7 percent.

10-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 16.5 73.4 7.2
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 19.4 62.4 15.4
– Net Position: -114,845 441,515 -326,670
– Gross Longs: 660,004 2,937,167 287,429
– Gross Shorts: 774,849 2,495,652 614,099
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.9 to 1 1.2 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 58.9 74.9 1.7
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -33.9 41.9 -24.8

 


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 156,754 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly boost of 17,195 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 139,559 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 69.1 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 49.8 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 2.6 percent.

Ultra 10-Year Notes Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 20.0 72.6 7.0
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 9.8 71.4 18.4
– Net Position: 156,754 19,632 -176,386
– Gross Longs: 306,662 1,116,413 106,942
– Gross Shorts: 149,908 1,096,781 283,328
– Long to Short Ratio: 2.0 to 1 1.0 to 1 0.4 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 69.1 49.8 2.6
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 16.8 -15.1 -6.4

 


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 -66,994 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decrease of -9,423 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -57,571 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 69.3 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 47.9 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 36.7 percent.

US Treasury Bonds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 8.8 75.7 13.9
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 14.5 68.2 15.6
– Net Position: -66,994 87,013 -20,019
– Gross Longs: 103,650 887,603 163,344
– Gross Shorts: 170,644 800,590 183,363
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.6 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.9 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 69.3 47.9 36.7
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -2.3 12.9 -27.1

 


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 -331,213 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly reduction of -19,436 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -311,777 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 50.1 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 74.2 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 32.5 percent.

Ultra US Treasury Bonds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 3.6 82.7 12.6
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 30.8 56.0 12.1
– Net Position: -331,213 325,324 5,889
– Gross Longs: 44,062 1,007,205 153,271
– Gross Shorts: 375,275 681,881 147,382
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.1 to 1 1.5 to 1 1.0 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 50.1 74.2 32.5
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -12.0 23.8 -13.7

 


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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).

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What Junk Bonds Convey About Investors’ Mindset

“Governments feel rich and are spending like drunken sailors” 

By Elliott Wave International

Extremely elevated financial optimism is being expressed in multiple ways.
In some ways, the behavior of investors is unprecedented — which is saying a lot given the financial extremes of past bull markets.

Consider the junk bond market here in 2021. The September Elliott Wave Theorist showed this chart and said:

NegativeRealYield

As we continue to demonstrate, stocks, property, cryptocurrencies and digital art are not the only overvalued markets. Bonds are no less crazily priced. The chart reveals that fully 85% of all junk bonds yield less than the annualized percentage change in the Consumer Price Index. How is that for blind optimism?

Yes, stocks remain near record-high territory after a more than 12-year uptrend, bitcoin is near record-high territory and the rate of price increases in the housing market has been unprecedented (again, saying a lot given the extremes of the prior housing boom).

Even so, an Oct. 18 Fortune article says:

In the next 15 months — through the end of 2022 — Goldman Sachs is forecasting U.S. home prices will soar another 16%.

And, who would have ever imagined a few short years ago that digital images would sell for millions?

Yet, here’s the latest headline (Oct. 19):

How a 12-year-old coder says he made $600,000 by selling Weird Whales NFTs

Of course, “NFT” stands for non-fungible token — a unique digital asset. The current craze in that space is around digital artwork.

The October Elliott Wave Theorist mentions several more expressions of a positive social mood. Here are just a portion of them:

Governments feel rich and are spending like drunken sailors; central bankers are confident and unworried, and they have been characterized as heroes; the world economy is producing more tax revenue than ever, despite government efforts to kill productivity; and there are no wars anywhere on the entire planet.

The October Theorist concludes with a hint of what to expect over the next three years.

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COT Bonds Futures Charts: Treasury Notes, Fed Funds, 10-Year, 2-Year, 5-Year Treasury Notes, Eurodollars

By InvestMacro.com COT Home | Data Tables | Data Downloads | Newsletter

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 October 19th 2021 and shows a quick view of how large traders (for-profit speculators and commercial entities) were positioned in the futures markets.


Data Snapshot of Bond Market Traders | Columns Legend
Oct-19-2021 OI OI-Index Spec-Net Spec-Index Com-Net COM-Index Smalls-Net Smalls-Index
Eurodollar 12,424,747 63 -781,200 35 1,080,706 60 -299,506 64
FedFunds 1,217,775 18 -54,484 33 65,503 68 -11,019 42
2-Year 1,991,689 8 -132,952 63 172,598 51 -39,646 2
Long T-Bond 1,186,553 48 -57,571 73 83,737 47 -26,166 32
10-Year 4,095,300 71 -544 75 319,388 60 -318,844 4
5-Year 3,637,741 28 -255,211 47 510,373 82 -255,162 0

 


3-Month Eurodollars Futures:

Eurodollar Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 3-Month Eurodollars large speculator standing this week resulted in a net position of -781,200 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly advance of 82,400 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -863,600 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 35.3 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 59.5 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 64.0 percent.

3-Month Eurodollars Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 12.6 63.4 4.5
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 18.9 54.7 6.9
– Net Position: -781,200 1,080,706 -299,506
– Gross Longs: 1,565,312 7,876,268 563,787
– Gross Shorts: 2,346,512 6,795,562 863,293
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.7 to 1 1.2 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 35.3 59.5 64.0
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -3.8 5.6 -16.3

 


30-Day Federal Funds Futures:

Federal Funds 30-Day Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 30-Day Federal Funds large speculator standing this week resulted in a net position of -54,484 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly increase of 14,601 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -69,085 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 32.9 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 67.8 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 41.5 percent.

30-Day Federal Funds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 6.1 77.6 1.6
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 10.5 72.2 2.5
– Net Position: -54,484 65,503 -11,019
– Gross Longs: 73,882 945,177 19,058
– Gross Shorts: 128,366 879,674 30,077
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.6 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.6 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 32.9 67.8 41.5
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 4.1 -3.6 -8.2

 


2-Year Treasury Note Futures:

2-Year Treasury Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 2-Year Treasury Note large speculator standing this week resulted in a net position of -132,952 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decline of -92,006 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -40,946 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 62.9 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 50.6 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 2.2 percent.

2-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 17.6 73.6 6.5
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 24.3 64.9 8.5
– Net Position: -132,952 172,598 -39,646
– Gross Longs: 350,293 1,465,365 129,379
– Gross Shorts: 483,245 1,292,767 169,025
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.7 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.8 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 62.9 50.6 2.2
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -15.0 22.1 -28.3

 


5-Year Treasury Note Futures:

5-Year Treasury Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 5-Year Treasury Note large speculator standing this week resulted in a net position of -255,211 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lift of 66,208 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -321,419 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 47.4 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 81.5 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 0.0 percent.

5-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 11.4 77.7 7.0
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 18.4 63.7 14.0
– Net Position: -255,211 510,373 -255,162
– Gross Longs: 414,711 2,827,556 253,812
– Gross Shorts: 669,922 2,317,183 508,974
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.6 to 1 1.2 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 47.4 81.5 0.0
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -28.8 40.6 -36.1

 


10-Year Treasury Note Futures:

10-Year Treasury Notes Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 10-Year Treasury Note large speculator standing this week resulted in a net position of -544 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly fall of -156,586 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 156,042 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 74.8 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 60.3 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 3.6 percent.

10-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 18.2 71.4 7.2
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 18.2 63.6 15.0
– Net Position: -544 319,388 -318,844
– Gross Longs: 743,719 2,922,085 295,191
– Gross Shorts: 744,263 2,602,697 614,035
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.0 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 74.8 60.3 3.6
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -0.2 11.2 -21.7

 


Ultra 10-Year Notes Futures:

Ultra 10-Year Treasury Notes Bonds Futures COT ChartThe Ultra 10-Year Notes large speculator standing this week resulted in a net position of 139,559 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly increase of 45,454 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 94,105 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 64.6 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 53.3 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 5.6 percent.

Ultra 10-Year Notes Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 19.7 72.8 7.1
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 10.6 70.7 18.4
– Net Position: 139,559 32,149 -171,708
– Gross Longs: 301,286 1,110,821 108,529
– Gross Shorts: 161,727 1,078,672 280,237
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.9 to 1 1.0 to 1 0.4 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 64.6 53.3 5.6
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 12.7 -14.3 1.9

 


US Treasury Bonds Futures:

US Year Treasury Notes Long Bonds Futures COT ChartThe US Treasury Bonds large speculator standing this week resulted in a net position of -57,571 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly boost of 8,980 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -66,551 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 72.7 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 46.8 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 31.8 percent.

US Treasury Bonds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 9.9 74.8 13.6
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 14.8 67.7 15.8
– Net Position: -57,571 83,737 -26,166
– Gross Longs: 117,543 887,561 161,202
– Gross Shorts: 175,114 803,824 187,368
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.7 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.9 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 72.7 46.8 31.8
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 9.3 -0.9 -18.4

 


Ultra US Treasury Bonds Futures:

Ultra US Year Treasury Notes Long Bonds Futures COT ChartThe Ultra US Treasury Bonds large speculator standing this week resulted in a net position of -311,777 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly boost of 1,637 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -313,414 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 58.0 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 68.5 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 26.8 percent.

Ultra US Treasury Bonds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 5.0 81.4 12.6
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 30.6 55.6 12.7
– Net Position: -311,777 313,784 -2,007
– Gross Longs: 60,848 989,707 152,699
– Gross Shorts: 372,625 675,923 154,706
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.2 to 1 1.5 to 1 1.0 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 58.0 68.5 26.8
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -9.5 16.2 -7.1

 


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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).

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COT Bonds Charts: Speculator’s 10-Year Treasury Notes bullish bets rise for 4th time in 6 weeks

By InvestMacro | COT Home | Data Tables | Data Downloads | Newsletter

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 October 12th 2021 and shows a quick view of how large traders (for-profit speculators and commercial entities) were positioned in the futures markets.

Highlighting this week’s COT Bonds data is the 10-Year Treasury Note which has seen its weekly speculator position rise for four out of the past six weeks. The 10-Year had a negative net contract position as recently as August 31st before speculators boosted their positions by almost 200,000 net contracts from September 7th to October 12th. Interestingly, at the current moment, both the speculators and the commercial traders (163,158 net contracts) are bullish on the 10-Year, according to their net contracts. On the other side of the bet are the small traders which are net bearish with a total of -319,200 contracts as well as an extremely bearish strength index score.


Data Snapshot of Bond Market Traders | Columns Legend
Oct-12-2021 OI OI-Index Spec-Net Spec-Index Com-Net COM-Index Smalls-Net Smalls-Index
Eurodollar 12,837,299 71 -863,600 34 1,133,791 60 -270,191 68
FedFunds 1,190,212 16 -69,085 31 79,999 70 -10,914 42
2-Year 1,845,270 3 -40,946 83 60,855 29 -19,909 14
Long T-Bond 1,222,493 54 -66,551 70 86,248 48 -19,697 37
10-Year 4,102,714 72 156,042 97 163,158 42 -319,200 3
5-Year 3,604,864 26 -321,419 52 549,713 66 -228,294 2

 


3-Month Eurodollars Futures:

Eurodollar Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 3-Month Eurodollars large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of -863,600 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decrease of -102,757 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -760,843 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 33.7 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 60.5 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 67.7 percent.

3-Month Eurodollars Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 13.2 61.8 4.4
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 19.9 53.0 6.5
– Net Position: -863,600 1,133,791 -270,191
– Gross Longs: 1,691,897 7,936,364 566,490
– Gross Shorts: 2,555,497 6,802,573 836,681
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.7 to 1 1.2 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 33.7 60.5 67.7
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -2.5 4.4 -16.1

 


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 -69,085 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly gain of 9,263 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -78,348 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 31.1 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 69.6 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 41.7 percent.

30-Day Federal Funds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 5.7 77.2 1.8
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 11.5 70.5 2.7
– Net Position: -69,085 79,999 -10,914
– Gross Longs: 68,061 918,640 20,954
– Gross Shorts: 137,146 838,641 31,868
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.5 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 31.1 69.6 41.7
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 3.9 -4.1 5.0

 


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 -40,946 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly boost of 1,581 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -42,527 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 83.3 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 29.1 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 14.1 percent.

2-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 17.8 71.7 7.0
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 20.0 68.4 8.1
– Net Position: -40,946 60,855 -19,909
– Gross Longs: 328,329 1,322,378 128,740
– Gross Shorts: 369,275 1,261,523 148,649
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.9 to 1 1.0 to 1 0.9 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 83.3 29.1 14.1
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -4.5 9.3 -16.7

 


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 -321,419 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decline of -6,595 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -314,824 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 52.0 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 66.1 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 1.6 percent.

5-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 10.0 79.2 7.2
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 18.9 64.0 13.5
– Net Position: -321,419 549,713 -228,294
– Gross Longs: 360,916 2,855,878 258,857
– Gross Shorts: 682,335 2,306,165 487,151
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.5 to 1 1.2 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 52.0 66.1 1.6
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -33.7 38.9 -31.3

 


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 156,042 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly rise of 14,709 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 141,333 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 96.5 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 41.6 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 3.5 percent.

10-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 21.5 68.1 7.3
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 17.7 64.2 15.1
– Net Position: 156,042 163,158 -319,200
– Gross Longs: 883,621 2,795,156 300,686
– Gross Shorts: 727,579 2,631,998 619,886
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.2 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 96.5 41.6 3.5
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 25.6 -10.1 -23.8

 


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 94,105 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly advance of 13,226 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 80,879 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 52.6 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 68.5 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 0.0 percent.

Ultra 10-Year Notes Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 17.7 74.4 7.2
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 11.4 68.5 19.4
– Net Position: 94,105 86,315 -180,420
– Gross Longs: 262,156 1,099,485 106,966
– Gross Shorts: 168,051 1,013,170 287,386
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.6 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.4 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 52.6 68.5 0.0
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -2.1 4.7 -5.9

 


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 -66,551 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly advance of 32,098 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -98,649 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 69.5 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 47.6 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 37.0 percent.

US Treasury Bonds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 9.9 74.3 13.7
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 15.3 67.2 15.3
– Net Position: -66,551 86,248 -19,697
– Gross Longs: 120,942 908,174 167,921
– Gross Shorts: 187,493 821,926 187,618
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.6 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.9 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 69.5 47.6 37.0
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 13.5 -6.5 -13.6

 


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 -313,414 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly rise of 220 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -313,634 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 57.4 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 70.3 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 25.4 percent.

Ultra US Treasury Bonds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 4.5 82.1 12.4
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 30.3 56.0 12.8
– Net Position: -313,414 317,409 -3,995
– Gross Longs: 54,907 998,802 151,411
– Gross Shorts: 368,321 681,393 155,406
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.1 to 1 1.5 to 1 1.0 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 57.4 70.3 25.4
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -12.7 17.5 -3.4

 


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*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).

Find CFTC criteria here: (http://www.cftc.gov/MarketReports/CommitmentsofTraders/ExplanatoryNotes/index.htm).

COT Bonds Futures Charts: Treasury Notes, Fed Funds, 10-Year, 2-Year, 5-Year, Ultra Notes, Eurodollars

By InvestMacro COT Home | COT Tables | Data Downloads | Newsletter

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 October 5th 2021 and shows a quick view of how large traders (for-profit speculators and commercial entities) were positioned in the futures markets.


Data Snapshot of Bond Market Traders | Columns Legend
Oct-05-2021 OI OI-Index Spec-Net Spec-Index Com-Net COM-Index Smalls-Net Smalls-Index
Eurodollar 12,461,197 64 -760,843 36 996,972 58 -236,129 72
FedFunds 1,112,644 11 -78,348 30 89,978 71 -11,630 40
2-Year 1,773,474 0 -42,527 83 53,740 28 -11,213 19
Long T-Bond 1,232,198 56 -98,649 58 109,987 55 -11,338 44
10-Year 4,063,952 69 141,333 95 192,710 43 -334,043 0
5-Year 3,571,119 24 -314,824 55 547,985 62 -233,161 0

 


3-Month Eurodollars Futures:

Eurodollar Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 3-Month Eurodollars large speculator standing this week reached a net position of -760,843 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lift of 134,187 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -895,030 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 35.7 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 58.1 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 72.1 percent.

3-Month Eurodollars Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 14.0 60.7 4.8
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 20.1 52.7 6.7
– Net Position: -760,843 996,972 -236,129
– Gross Longs: 1,746,555 7,566,476 594,467
– Gross Shorts: 2,507,398 6,569,504 830,596
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.7 to 1 1.2 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 35.7 58.1 72.1
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -1.1 1.5 -3.7

 


30-Day Federal Funds Futures:

Federal Funds 30-Day Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 30-Day Federal Funds large speculator standing this week reached a net position of -78,348 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly rise of 8,633 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -86,981 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 29.9 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 70.8 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 40.2 percent.

30-Day Federal Funds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 5.4 77.0 2.2
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 12.4 68.9 3.2
– Net Position: -78,348 89,978 -11,630
– Gross Longs: 59,841 856,937 24,136
– Gross Shorts: 138,189 766,959 35,766
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.4 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 29.9 70.8 40.2
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -1.0 0.7 5.3

 


2-Year Treasury Note Futures:

2-Year Treasury Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 2-Year Treasury Note large speculator standing this week reached a net position of -42,527 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly boost of 20,302 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -62,829 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 82.9 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 27.8 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 19.3 percent.

2-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 17.5 72.0 7.7
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 19.9 69.0 8.3
– Net Position: -42,527 53,740 -11,213
– Gross Longs: 310,731 1,277,218 136,061
– Gross Shorts: 353,258 1,223,478 147,274
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.9 to 1 1.0 to 1 0.9 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 82.9 27.8 19.3
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -7.3 10.5 -12.8

 


5-Year Treasury Note Futures:

5-Year Treasury Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 5-Year Treasury Note large speculator standing this week reached a net position of -314,824 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lowering of -15,628 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -299,196 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 55.2 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 61.8 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 0.0 percent.

5-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 9.7 79.6 7.0
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 18.5 64.3 13.5
– Net Position: -314,824 547,985 -233,161
– Gross Longs: 345,060 2,842,467 248,462
– Gross Shorts: 659,884 2,294,482 481,623
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.5 to 1 1.2 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 55.2 61.8 0.0
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -44.8 48.0 -33.1

 


10-Year Treasury Note Futures:

10-Year Treasury Notes Bonds Futures COT ChartThe 10-Year Treasury Note large speculator standing this week reached a net position of 141,333 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lowering of -39,874 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 181,207 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 95.0 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 42.6 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 0.0 percent.

10-Year Treasury Note Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 20.9 69.1 7.1
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 17.4 64.4 15.3
– Net Position: 141,333 192,710 -334,043
– Gross Longs: 848,256 2,808,775 289,697
– Gross Shorts: 706,923 2,616,065 623,740
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.2 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 95.0 42.6 0.0
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 3.5 11.1 -29.7

 


Ultra 10-Year Notes Futures:

Ultra 10-Year Treasury Notes Bonds Futures COT ChartThe Ultra 10-Year Notes large speculator standing this week reached a net position of 80,879 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly increase of 5,032 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 75,847 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 49.1 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 70.8 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 0.0 percent.

Ultra 10-Year Notes Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 17.1 74.9 7.6
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 11.5 68.4 19.7
– Net Position: 80,879 94,700 -175,579
– Gross Longs: 248,258 1,087,022 110,087
– Gross Shorts: 167,379 992,322 285,666
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.5 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.4 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 49.1 70.8 0.0
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -0.3 6.6 -15.1

 


US Treasury Bonds Futures:

US Year Treasury Notes Long Bonds Futures COT ChartThe US Treasury Bonds large speculator standing this week reached a net position of -98,649 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lift of 8,291 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -106,940 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 58.0 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 55.2 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 43.6 percent.

US Treasury Bonds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 8.7 75.2 13.9
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 16.7 66.3 14.8
– Net Position: -98,649 109,987 -11,338
– Gross Longs: 107,189 927,032 171,374
– Gross Shorts: 205,838 817,045 182,712
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.5 to 1 1.1 to 1 0.9 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 58.0 55.2 43.6
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 0.2 10.0 -25.5

 


Ultra US Treasury Bonds Futures:

Ultra US Year Treasury Notes Long Bonds Futures COT ChartThe Ultra US Treasury Bonds large speculator standing this week reached a net position of -313,634 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decline of -13,841 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -299,793 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 57.3 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 73.6 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 20.7 percent.

Ultra US Treasury Bonds Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 4.6 82.5 12.0
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 30.2 56.0 12.9
– Net Position: -313,634 324,157 -10,523
– Gross Longs: 55,695 1,008,685 146,619
– Gross Shorts: 369,329 684,528 157,142
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.2 to 1 1.5 to 1 0.9 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– COT Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 57.3 73.6 20.7
– COT Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -24.3 41.0 -17.1

 


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Here’s What Really Sets Interest Rates (Not Central Banks)

See “powerful evidence that the Fed is not in control of interest rates”

By Elliott Wave International

Most everyone is familiar with the phrase: “Keep your eye on the ball,” which of course means — focus on what really matters.

Those who seek clues about the direction of interest rates believe the “ball” is their nation’s central bank.

For example, in the U.S., Federal Reserve announcements are the subject of countless financial headlines, like this one from Sept. 22 (Reuters):

Fed signals bond-buying taper coming ‘soon,’ rate hike next year

The assumption in most of these headlines is that the central bank determines the direction of rates.

However, if interest-rate observers kept their eye on what really matters, they’d be watching the bond market instead of the central bank. In other words, markets lead and central banks follow.

Sticking with the U.S., this chart and commentary from Robert Prechter’s 2017 book, The Socionomic Theory of Finance, provide elaboration:

[The chart] plots T-bill rates and the effective federal funds rate (a weighted average of the federal funds rate across all banking transactions) from 1978 to 1984. T-bill rates peaked four times in 1980-1982. Each of those peaks occurred a month or more before subsequent and reactive peaks in the federal funds rate. The Fed’s rate also lags at bottoms, as depicted on the chart at the lows of 1980, 1981 and 1982-3.

The book adds:

That interest rates were in a relentless upward trend during the entire decade of the 1970s and that they have been stuck at zero since 2008 — in both cases despite the Federal Reserve’s contrary desires — is powerful evidence reinforcing the point that the Fed is not in control of interest rates.

The same principle holds in other nations, like Australia or the United Kingdom.

Here’s another chart and additional commentary from The Socionomic Theory of Finance:

[The chart] plots interest rates on the U.K.’s freely-traded, 3-month government bond against the Bank of England’s (BOE’s) official daily bank-lending rate. These lines show that the BOE’s rate-setting actions have lagged the freely traded debt market at all twelve major turning points in rates since 1993. The lags vary from two to nine months, and the average lag is 4.8 months.

The major takeaway is that central banks’ interest-rate decisions are not proactive but reactive.

Another widely held misconception is that news drives financial markets, like stocks.

Here’s insight on that pervasive assumption from Frost & Prechter’s Wall Street classic, Elliott Wave Principle: Key to Market Behavior:

Sometimes the market appears to reflect outside conditions and events, but at other times it is entirely detached from what most people assume are causal conditions. The reason is that the market has a law of its own. It is not propelled by the external causality to which one becomes accustomed in the everyday experiences of life. The path of prices is not a product of news. Nor is the market the cyclically rhythmic machine that some declare it to be. Its movement reflects a repetition of forms that is independent both of presumed causal events and of periodicity.

The market’s progression unfolds in waves. Waves are patterns of directional movement.

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This article was syndicated by Elliott Wave International and was originally published under the headline Here’s What Really Sets Interest Rates (Not Central Banks). EWI is the world’s largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts led by Chartered Market Technician Robert Prechter provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.