The Commitments of Traders Report (COTR) is designed to reflect the nature of the predominant business activity that LME members and their clients are involved in using the following classifications: Investment Firms or Credit Institutions, Investment Funds, Other Financial Institutions and Commercial Undertaking. These new classifications replaced the previous classifications with the implementation of MiFID II. The data summarised within the COTR is a representation of the daily open position statistics submitted in the daily Commodity Position Reports submitted by Members via the LME Universal data Gateway (UDG). The open positions in the COTR are the futures positions on LME traded contracts and Delta equivalent traded option positions, but do not include warrants or TAPO figures.
The market is asked to note that the COTR report will be materially affected by the classification of certain large market users, whose activities arguably fall into multiple categories. A COTR is produced for each metal and is published on the LME website each Tuesday.
It should further be noted that the new COTR will be published in parallel with the pre-MiFID II COTR for a period of four weeks. The last date on which both reports will be published in parallel will be 27th February 2018. After that date only the new (post MiFID II) COTR will be published.
Due to a technical issue, the COTRs published for 6, 13, 20 and 27 July 2018 (and in each case published on the following Tuesday for the previous Friday date), contained inaccurate data.
The COTRs for these affected dates should be disregarded and have therefore been temporarily deleted from the LME website. See Member Notice 18/198 for full details.
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* All COTR Market Reports are generated two days after the trade date (T+2). Please note, T+2 refers to business days only. Public holidays will delay the publication of this data.
** Due to trades suspended at clearing overnight and different modelling methodologies on delta hedge equivalent positions, total Longs and Shorts may not always equal each other; the larger of the two is shown as the Total Open Interest.
*** The COTR includes delta hedge equivalent positions for Traded Options; therefore, COTR Total Open Interest will not equal the LME Market Open Interest report total.