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10 Year Treasury Note Non-Commercial Positions:
Large speculators and traders decreased their bullish net positions in the 10-year treasury note futures markets last week, according to the latest Commitment of Traders (COT) data released by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Friday.
The non-commercial futures contracts of 10-year treasury note futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 179,870 contracts in the data reported through May 2nd. This was a weekly change of -34,772 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 214,642 net contracts.
The decline in speculators bullish net positions last week follows the huge surge of bullish bets from the previous week that brought speculator positions to their first overall bullish level since November 22nd.
10 Year Treasury Note Commercial Positions:
The commercial traders position, categorized by the CFTC as hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -37,945 contracts last week. This is a weekly rise of 18,060 contracts from the total net of -56,005 contracts reported the previous week.
IEF 7-10 Year Bond ETF:
Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (IEF) closed at approximately $106.43 which was an edge higher of $0.29 from the previous close of $106.14, according to ETF market data.
*COT Report: The COT data, released weekly to the public each Friday, is updated through the previous Tuesday (data is 3 days old) and shows a quick view of how large speculators or non-commercials (for-profit traders) as well as the commercial traders (hedgers & traders for business purposes) 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). Find CFTC criteria here: (http://www.cftc.gov/MarketReports/CommitmentsofTraders/ExplanatoryNotes/index.htm).
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