Release Number 5190-06

Release: 5190-06

For Release: June 21, 2006

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Seeks Comment Regarding Commitments of Traders Reports

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, June 15, 2006, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved for publication in the Federal Register a request for comment regarding the Commitments of Traders (COT) reports. The COT reports are weekly reports, published by the CFTC, showing aggregate trader positions in certain futures and option markets. The COT reports provide a breakdown of each Tuesday's open interest for all futures and option markets in which 20 or more traders hold positions equal to or above minimum reporting levels established by the CFTC.

Over time, both the trading activity that is the subject of the COT reports, and the reports themselves, have continued to evolve. As part of its ongoing efforts both to maintain an information system that reflects changing market conditions, and to provide the public with useful information regarding futures and option markets, the Commission is undertaking a comprehensive review of the COT reporting program. The Federal Register release is intended to: (1) provide useful background information regarding the COT reports; (2) lay out various issues and questions regarding the COT reports; and (3) solicit public comment regarding the reports, including suggestions as to possible changes in the COT reporting system.

The comment deadline will be August 21, 2006. The Federal Register release includes details on how to submit comments. For questions regarding the release, please contact Donald Heitman, Senior Special Counsel, CFTC Division of Market Oversight, at (202) 418-5041, e-mail, [email protected].

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