Commitments of Traders Report - COT

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Commitments of Traders Report - COT'

A report published every Friday by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) that seeks to provide investors with up-to-date information on futures market operations and increase the transparency of these complex exchanges.

BREAKING DOWN 'Commitments of Traders Report - COT'

This report provides valuable information about changes in the position commitments of various types of investors. It breaks down the open-interest positions of all major contracts that have more than 20 traders. These reports are used to help determine the likelihood of a trend continuing or coming to an end. Long and short positions are calculated as well as changes from the previous week's positions.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Soft Paper Report

    A reference to a lack of confidence in a report's facts or general ...
  2. Trend

    The general direction of a market or of the price of an asset. ...
  3. Reversal

    A change in the direction of a price trend. On a price chart, ...
  4. Open Interest

    1. The total number of options and/or futures contracts that ...
  5. Futures

    A financial contract obligating the buyer to purchase an asset ...
  6. Commodity Futures Trading Commission ...

    An independent U.S. federal agency established by the Commodity ...
Related Articles
  1. Options & Futures

    Using Open Interest To Find Bull/Bear Signals

    Volume should inform your use of this indicator in confirming trends and reversals.
  2. Options & Futures

    Intro To Open Interest In The Futures Market

    Applied primarily to the futures market, this indicator confirms trends and reversals.
  3. Options & Futures

    Interpreting Volume For The Futures Market

    Learn how to read the volume reports, look at the relation to liquidity and interpret volume using open interest.
  4. Options & Futures

    Forecast The FX Market With The COT Report

    Three empirical findings on futures data can help currency traders determine buy and sell points.
  5. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    ETF Analysis: PowerShares S&P 500 Downside Hedged

    Find out about the PowerShares S&P 500 Downside Hedged ETF, and learn detailed information about characteristics, suitability and recommendations of it.
  6. Chart Advisor

    Traders Step Back to Assess Commodities Damage

    Traders are turning to these exchange-traded notes and exchange-traded funds to analyze key commodities and determine what could be coming next.
  7. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    ETF Analysis: iShares Gold Trust

    Learn about the SPDR Gold Shares ETF, how it tracks the price of gold, and what type of investors may want to hold shares in their portfolios.
  8. Investing Basics

    Explaining Forward Rate Agreements

    Forward rate agreement (FRA) refers to an interest rate or foreign exchange hedging strategy.
  9. Investing

    Using Fibonacci to Analyze Gold

    Use Fibonacci studies to analyze gold by picking out hidden harmonic levels that can provide major support or resistance.
  10. Options & Futures

    An Introduction To Value at Risk (VAR)

    Volatility is not the only way to measure risk. Learn about the "new science of risk management".
RELATED FAQS
  1. How do futures contracts roll over?

    Traders roll over futures contracts to switch from the front month contract that is close to expiration to another contract ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Why do companies enter into futures contracts?

    Different types of companies may enter into futures contracts for different purposes. The most common reason is to hedge ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What does a futures contract cost?

    The value of a futures contract is derived from the cash value of the underlying asset. While a futures contract may have ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What are the main risks associated with trading derivatives?

    The primary risks associated with trading derivatives are market, counterparty, liquidity and interconnection risks. Derivatives ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How can an investor profit from a fall in the utilities sector?

    The utilities sector exhibits a high degree of stability compared to the broader market. This makes it best-suited for buy-and-hold ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. How can electricity be traded as a commodity by an individual investor?

    Electricity can be traded in the financial marketplace like any other commodity. Electricity futures trading offers an alternative ... Read Full Answer >>

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Dead Cat Bounce

    A temporary recovery from a prolonged decline or bear market, followed by the continuation of the downtrend. A dead cat bounce ...
  2. Bear Market

    A market condition in which the prices of securities are falling, and widespread pessimism causes the negative sentiment ...
  3. Alligator Spread

    An unprofitable spread that occurs as a result of large commissions charged on the transaction, regardless of favorable market ...
  4. Tiger Cub Economies

    The four Southeast Asian economies of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. Tiger cub economy indicates that ...
  5. Gorilla

    A company that dominates an industry without having a complete monopoly. A gorilla firm has large control of the pricing ...
  6. Elephants

    Slang for large institutions that have the funds to make high volumes trades. Due to the large volumes of stock that elephants ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!