The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) serves as the regulatory authority overseeing futures trading within the United States. This regulatory body routinely publishes position data every Friday at 15:30 Eastern Standard Time (EST). The report primarily assesses the distribution of traders' positions at the close of each week on Tuesdays, utilizing data sourced from futures or options exchanges located in Chicago, New York, Kansas City, and Minneapolis.
The CFTC mandates that clearing members and futures brokers engaged in futures exchanges submit daily position reports to the Commission. The primary objective of disseminating these position reports is to enhance the transparency of the futures market and mitigate the impact of excessive positions on market order.
The comprehensive CFTC position report encompasses the positions of both futures and options, encompassing various categories such as foreign exchange, stock index futures, and treasury bonds. Additionally, it encompasses positions in commodity futures and options, spanning diverse sectors such as agriculture, petroleum and its derivatives, natural gas, electricity, and metals. This exhaustive reporting mechanism aims to provide a holistic view of market dynamics and ensure the integrity of the futures trading environment.