May 25, 2010. Source Barrons
This report, from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is updated weekly and released on Friday afternoon. The CFTC requires any person or firm trading a certain number of contracts to report that trading. The number of contracts that triggers the reporting requirement varies by commodity.
A commercial hedger is a large trader who also deals in the commodity on a cash basis.
A large speculator is a non-commercial trader who has no dealings in the underlying commodity.
The number of contracts traded by small traders is derived by subtracting the positions of larger traders and commercial hedgers from the total of all positions.
Number of Contracts and Changes from Previous Week
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Source: Barron's May 31, 2010 report as of May 25, 2010
Reference Article: The Big Squeeze January 28, 2003