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Metals Commitments of Traders

from Dan Norcini:

To start this short set of comments, let’s begin with Copper, which was hit hard this past week as news came out of China that the authorities were seriously investigating the double and triple counting of copper used to secure bank loans. I have mentioned in previous posts that the internal positioning of the LARGEST set of speculators in this market was something that I have not seen occur too often; more specifically one in which the hedge funds are positioned rather heavily on one side of the market with the “Other Reportables” taking the opposite side of their trade. I commented that one of these sides was going to be proven very right and the other side very wrong.

Looks like the hedge funds came away holding the short stick!

Take a look at the chart and then look at the COT chart. Notice what has happened to the price this week as that news hit the market to start off the week. The red metal dropped over 15 cents off its ending level last week before rebounding on Friday as some shorts rang the cash register.

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