Last night and delayed due to a Federal holiday last week, the U.S. CFTC released its weekly Commitments of Traders report covering futures positions and changes made by hedge funds across commodities and forex up until last Tuesday, November 10. The report highlights the markets first response to the corona vaccine news from Pfizer/BioNTech on November 9.
In commodities the vaccine news triggered a 10% rally in crude oil which supported a 17% increase in the net-long WTI and Brent crude oil position to 420k lots, still well below the six month average at 497k lots.
The 115 dollar top to bottom move in gold, meanwhile saw speculators cut bullish bets by 9% to 111k lots, the lowest since June 2019, when gold traded around $1300/oz, some 45% below the current market. From a bullish investor perspective the report was somewhat encouraging as the reduction was purely driven by long liquidation with no appetite for fresh short-selling seen in the data.