Monday, 14 November 2011

Trader Data Good for Nikkei, Bad for Gas, Toss-up for Bond

Some signals taking effect on this week's open: the Nikkei goes to bullish, natural gas goes to bearish and the 30-year Treasury bond goes to cash. See my newly updated latest signals table for more details on trader positioning in these and other markets as reported in the weekly Commitments of Traders reports.

The S&P 500 data is notably striking lately, with the "smart money" commercial hedgers getting highly bearish in their net positioning as a percentage of the total open interest, while the not-so-smart small traders remain super-bullish (whose signal I fade in my setup). My setup goes bearish the week of Nov. 28. What could it mean? These traders seem to be betting the cock-up in Europe gets even worse.

But meanwhile, the data for copper looks interesting too. The setup for the "smartest metal" remains bearish another week, then goes to cash. The data has just now also turned bullish, which historically has tended to mean price rises starting six to eight weeks down the line, depending on the trader group.

Hope you stay out of trouble this week! See you back here Friday.

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