Commitments of Traders Report - COT

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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.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS '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.

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