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Commitment of Traders



Released from Commodity Futures Trading Commission on September 22, 2017
Reporting positions as of  September 19, 2017
Copyright © Consensus, Inc., September 22, 2017












The tables included in this report provide a breakdown of each Tuesday's open interest for markets in which five or more traders hold positions equal to or above the reporting levels established by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The tables show open interest separately by reportable and nonreportable positions. For reportable positions, additional data is provided on commercial and noncommercial holdings, spreading, and numbers of traders.


Explanatory Notes


Open Interest–A futures contract is said to be open when it has been entered into and not yet liquidated by an offsetting transaction or fulfilled by delivery. Contracts that are open are referred to as Open Interest. The aggregate of all long open interest is equal to the aggregate of all short open interest.


Open interest as reported to the Commission and as used in this table does not include open futures contracts against which notices of deliveries have been stopped by a trader or issued by the clearing organization of an exchange. Open interest held or controlled by a trader is referred to as that trader's futures position.


Reportable Positions–Clearing members, FCMs and foreign brokers are required to make daily reports to the Commission showing each trader's positions on their books that, in any future month of a commodity, exceed the reporting level as shown below. Open interest figures show the aggregate positions reported by all clearing members, FCMs and foreign brokers. Positions of individual traders are classified either as noncommercial or commercial. All of a trader's reported futures positions in a commodity are classified as commercial if the trader uses futures contracts traded in the particular commodity for hedging as defined in the Commission's regulations.


Nonreportable Positions–Traders' positions that are below the reporting levels are classified as nonreportable. The aggregate long and short open interest shown as nonreportable positions are derived by subtracting reported positions from the total open interest. Accordingly, for nonreportable positions, the number of traders involved and the commercial/noncommercial classification of each trader are unknown.


Spreading–Spreading includes each trader's reported long and short positions in the same market to the extent they are balanced without regard to which crop year/calendar year is involved.


Percentages of Open Interest; Numbers of Traders–In determining the total number of traders, a trader's long and/or short position is counted only once regardless if the trader appears in more than one category (noncommercial long or short only, noncommercial spreading, and commercial). In determining the number of traders in each category, a trader is counted as a long and/or short for each category in which the trader holds a position.


Basic data provided by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Computations and illustration of data by Consensus,Inc.

Commodity Reporting
Wheat–Winter 100 Ctrs. July May
Wheat–Spring 100 Ctrs. September July
Corn 150 Ctrs. December September
Oats 60 Ctrs. July May
Soybeans 100 Ctrs. September August
Rice 50 Ctrs. September July
Soybean Oil 200 Ctrs. October September
Soybean Meal 200 Ctrs. October September
Live Hogs 100 Ctrs. December October
Cotton (NY) 50 Ctrs. October July
Cocoa 100 Ctrs. December September
Coffee 50 Ctrs. December September
FCOJ 25 Ctrs. January November



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Sugar No. 11 400 Ctrs. Sugar No. 14 100 Ctrs.
Cattle–Live 100Ctrs. Cattle–Feeder 50 Ctrs.
Treasury Bonds Long-Term 1,000 Ctrs. Treasury Bills 13-week 150 Ctrs.
Treasury Notes Long-Term 1,000 Ctrs. Treasury Notes Medium-Term 800 Ctrs.
Treasury Notes Short-Term 500 Ctrs. Federal Funds 300 Ctrs.
Libor Rate 300 Ctrs. Interest Rate (30-day) 100 Ctrs.
Interest Rate Swaps 25 Ctrs. Mortgages 100 Ctrs.
Foreign Currency 400 Ctrs. Mark/Yen Cross Rate 25 Ctrs.
Eur. Cur. Unit 25 Ctrs. . .
Cert. of Deposit 25 Ctrs. Eurodollars 1,000 Ctrs.
Corporate Bond 25 Ctrs. Propane Gas 25 Ctrs.
Crude Oil Light Sweet 350 Ctrs. Crude Oil Sour 25 Ctrs.
Heating Oil 250 Ctrs. Unleaded Gasoline 150 Ctrs.
Natural Gas 175 Ctrs. Copper 100 Ctrs.
Aluminum 25 Ctrs. Silver 150 Ctrs.
Gold 200 Ctrs. Palladium 25 Ctrs.
Platinum 50 Ctrs. Lumber 25 Ctrs.



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INDICES . Amex-MMI 100 Ctrs.
CRB Index 25 Ctrs. Eurotop 25 Ctrs.
Municipal Bonds 300 Ctrs. Nikkei 100 Ctrs.
NYSE Compos. 50 Ctrs. Russell 200 100 Ctrs.
S&P 400 MIDCAP 100 Ctrs. S&P 500 300 Ctrs.
U.S. Dollar Index 50 Ctrs. VLA 50 Ctrs