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Investment Flows Into Commodities – February 2017

Source: OPEC 2/22/2017, Location: Europe

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Open interest volume (OIV) increased in January for selected US commodity markets such as agriculture, crude oil, copper, precious metals, agriculture and livestock, while it decreased for natural gas. Meanwhile, in monthly terms, speculative net length positions increased for agriculture, crude oil, copper and livestock, but declined for natural gas and precious metals.

Agriculture’s OIV increased by 1.6% to 4,984,012 contracts in January. Meanwhile, money managers increased net long positions by 30.1% to 379,341 lots, largely because of increasing net length in corn, wheat and the soy complex.

Henry Hub’s natural gas OIV decreased by 2.0% m-o-m to 1,193,838 contracts in January. Money managers decreased their net length positions slightly by 1.1% to 147,497 on the impact of warmerthan-average weather. Copper’s OIV increased by 9.2% m-o-m to 254,977 contracts in January. Money managers increased their net long position by 2.6% to 80,303 contracts on the continuing expansion in global manufacturing.

Precious metals’ OIV increased by 10.3% m-o-m to 616,554 contracts in January. Money managers increased net long positions by 3.9% to 108,282 lots.

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