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British Pound Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:
Large speculators increased their net positions in the British Pound futures markets this 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 British Pound futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of -10,161 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday September 19th. This was a weekly rise of 35,924 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -46,085 net contracts.
British Pound 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 5,845 contracts on the week. This was a weekly decline of -38,624 contracts from the total net of 44,469 contracts reported the previous week.
Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the GBPUSD Currency Pair closed at approximately $1.35067 which was a rise of $0.02186 from the previous close of $1.32881, according to unofficial market data.
*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) 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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