Commitments of Traders (COT)

Definition

A report issued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission detailing the commitments that traders have made for various futures contracts in the futures market. This weekly report is typically issued every Friday at 03:30pm Eastern Standard Time reflecting the commitments of the previous week up to the Tuesday of the week the report was released on. Futures traders can gauge volumes of a future with the COT as futures contracts are not traded on any exchanges and volume trading information is not immediately available.
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