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COT Report


The Commitments of Traders (COT) data provide a breakdown of each Tuesday’s open interest for US commodities markets in which 20 or more traders hold positions equal to or above the reporting levels established by the CFTC.

For more information visit the CFTC website here.

COT data is broken down into 3 categories:

  • Commercial
  • Large Speculator
  • Small Speculator

To have access to this indicator you must have the COT Data Exchange enabled on your account. Log in to your account page via the Online User Portal to modify your data subscription.

To view the COT Report data open the continuous futures contract chart first, eg WSpot, GCSpot, CLSpot, ADSpot and then select the COT Report from the Tools menu. The relevant COT data will then be downloaded and to the chart.

NOTE: a workbook with examples of COT data for wheat and gold can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.

Traditional vs Disaggregated Reports

By default the Traditional report will display, but the disaggregated data (showing Producers, Money Managers, Swap Dealers, etc) can be selected from the Properties panel:

For a complete overview of Disaggregated Commitment of Traders Reports please refer to the following article:

Disaggregated COT Report Article
  Click the Image to open the webpage

Actions & Properties


Add to Toolbar: Click this action to add the selected COT Report to your custom toolbar.

Apply Settings to All: When multiple COT Report tools have been applied to a chart, page or workbook, this action can be used to apply the settings of the one selected to other instances of the tool. This is a great time saver if an adjustment is made to the tool - such as line colour- as this allows all the other COT Report tools in the chart, page or entire workbook to be updated instantly.

Copy Data to Clipboard: Will copy the tool's values to the clipboard which can then be inserted into a spreadsheet, for example, allowing for further analysis.

Copy Tool: Allows you to copy the selected tool, which can then be pasted onto a different chart window.

Move to Back: If the tool is displaying in front of other tools or indicators clicking this action will move the lines view to the background.

Move to Front: If the tool is displaying behind other tools or indicators on the chart, clicking this action will bring the lines to the forefront.

Restore Default Settings: Click this action if you have adjusted the default settings of the tool, and wish to return to the standard properties originally installed with Optuma.

Save Settings as Default: If you have adjusted any of the tool Properties (colour, for example) you can save the adjustments as your new default setting. Each time you apply a new COT Report to a chart, the tool will display using the new settings.

Delete: Delete the COT Report from the chart.


Tool Name: Allows you to adjust the name of the tool, as it's displayed in the Structure Panel.

COT Report: This drop-down list includes all items with available COT data if you wish to change the report that has been automatically downloaded. The list will display the reference code, and short name and can be searched (go to the COT website to view the complete list of reference codes).

Report Style: Use this option to switch between Traditional and Disaggregated data.

Commercial Style: Expands to show display options for the Commercial line of the COT indicator including Colour (Maroon by default), Plot Style, Line Style, and Line Width.

Large Speculator Style: Expands to show display options for the Large Speculator line of the COT indicator including Colour (Green by default), Plot Style, Line Style, and Line Width.

Small Speculator Style: Expands to show display options for the Small Speculator line of the COT indicator including Colour (Blue by default), Plot Style, Line Style, and Line Width.

Center Line Style: Expands to show the display options for the horizontal line set at a value of zero.

Offset: Moves the tool forward or backwards in time. The offset is measured in bars, so a value of 2 will push the tool forward 2 bars and -2 will move the tool back 2 bars.

Tool Transparency: Use this slider bar to adjust the transparency of the tool. Moving the slider to the left will increase the transparency of the tool.

Visible: Un-tick this checkbox to hide the tool from the chart.

Show In Price Scale: When selected the current COT Data value will be displayed in the Price Scale.

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