July 31, 2014

The Commitments of Traders (COT) reports now on TradingView

Couple of days ago we announced a deep integration of TradingView with Quandl which allows you to apply Commitment of Traders (COT) values on the chart.

Here is the list of the COT studies from our Public Pine Script Library:

COT (Legacy): Open Interest
COT (Legacy): Open Interest Change
COT (Legacy): Total Traders
COT (Legacy): Commercial Interest
COT (Legacy): Commercial Interest Change
COT (Legacy): Commercial Interest Percent
COT (Legacy): Commercial Traders
COT (Legacy): Noncommercial Interest
COT (Legacy): Noncommercial Interest Change
COT (Legacy): Noncommercial Interest Percent
COT (Legacy): Noncommercial Traders
COT (Legacy): Reportable Interest
COT (Legacy): Reportable Interest Percent
COT (Legacy): Reportable Interest Change
COT (Legacy): Reportable Traders
COT (Legacy): Non-Reportable Interest
COT (Legacy): Non-Reportable Interest Change
COT (Legacy): Non-Reportable Interest Percent
COT (Legacy): Largest 4 Gross
COT (Legacy): Largest 8 Gross
COT (Legacy): Largest 4 Net
COT (Legacy): Largest 8 Net

 

What is COT all about?

The Commitments of Traders (COT) reports show futures traders’ positions at the close of (usually) Tuesday’s trading session. The report is prepared by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), a U.S. government body with the task of overseeing futures markets. The report’s goal is to create transparency and fight market manipulation. Also, it is an excellent trading tool.

 

How does the report show traders’ positions?

Traders are grouped into categories and the number of contracts they hold are added up. All COT reports show how many long and how many short contracts do traders of each category hold. The COT report that is the most well known is the one that is in publication since 1986 (its predecessors go back to 1924) – the Legacy report. It breaks down the market into three major categories, the Commercials, the Large Speculators and Non-reportables (who are the small guys, Small speculators).