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Investment Flows into Commodity Markets in September 2012

Source: OPEC 10/21/2012, Location: Europe

Total open interest volume (OIV) in major commodity markets in the US rose by 1.6% m-o m to 8,159,102 contracts in September compared to a 0.2% drop in the previous month. OIV in precious metals reported the major gain of 16.9% m-o-m while WTI rose by 6% m-o-m. A bearish investor mood continued in most of the commodity markets through September, reflecting the uncertainties surrounding global economic growth.

Total net long speculative positions in commodities increased at a milder rate than in the previous month by 1.9% m-o-m to 1,151,829 contracts. Both shorts and longs increased by 9.9% m-o-m and 4.8%, respectively. The agricultural OIV declined by 1.5% m-o-m to 4,294,066 contracts in September. Concerning money managers’ net long positions in agricultural markets, these declined by 4.5% m-o-m to 791,490 contracts. A 17.5% m-o-m rise in shorts took place while longs slightly went up by 0.8% m-o-m.

The HH natural gas OIV dropped by 1.6% m-o-m to 1,106,370 contracts. Speculative investments declined by more than double m-o-m. A 17.7% m-o-m drop in shorts was combined with a mild 1.9% m-o-m rise in longs. Copper OIV declined by 1.8% m-o-m to 146,376 contracts in September. Money managers’ net long positions jumped by almost quadruple m-o-m to 13,979 contracts in September compared to a 4.6% m-o-m decline in the previous month.

Gold OIV increased by 16% m-o-m to 468,286 contracts in September compared to a 5% m-o-m drop in the previous month. Speculative investments in gold jumped by 65% m-o-m to 140,768 contracts in September due to fresh longs.

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