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: Producer / Merchant / Processor / User; Broker Dealer / Index Trader; Money Manager; Other Reportables; and Not Defined. The data summarised within the COTR is a representation of the daily open position statistics submitted in the Daily Position Reporting System (DPRS). 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. Additionally, the practice by members of entering into OTC contracts with their clients, combined with the netting of member business placed on-exchange, will inevitably result in the published COTR data reflecting only a subset of the total activity conducted within the LME ecosystem.
Five reports will be published by close of business each Tuesday, or the following business day if that day is a UK holiday, one for each business day of the previous week.
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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.