Silver specs sharply boost bullish bets for 2nd week

Through Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Charts and commentary courtesy of CountingPips.com
Tables courtesy of GoldSeek

Note: Commitment of Traders reports are published Friday with data from the previous Tuesday.


Gold speculators trimmed their bullish bets slightly this week

Gold Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large precious metals speculators decreased their existing bullish net positions in the Gold futures markets this week, according to the latest Commitment of Traders (COT) data released by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Friday.

The non-commercial futures contracts of Gold futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 296,838 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday August 27th. This was a weekly decline of -3,155 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of 299,993 net contracts.

The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) advancing by 10,315 contracts (to a weekly total of 362,609 contracts) while the gross bearish position (shorts) increased by a larger amount of 13,470 contracts for the week (to a total of 65,771 contracts).

Gold positions edged very slightly lower for the second time in the past three weeks. Despite the pull back, speculator sentiment has been on fire for gold over the past few months as bullish bets have risen by a total of +210,150 contracts just since June 4th. The current bullish standing (+296,838 contracts) remains very close to the +300,000 net contract level which has not been reached since September 6th of 2016 (a span of 155 weeks).

Gold Commercial Positions:

he commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -333,806 contracts on the week. This was a weekly gain of 2,444 contracts from the total net of -336,250 contracts reported the previous week.

Gold Futures:

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the Gold Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $1551.80 which was an increase of $36.10 from the previous close of $1515.70, according to unofficial market data.


Silver speculators sharply boosted their bullish bets for 2nd week

Silver Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large precious metals speculators once again raised their bullish net positions in the Silver futures markets this week, according to the latest Commitment of Traders (COT) data released by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Friday.

The non-commercial futures contracts of Silver futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 59,852 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday August 27th. This was a weekly gain of 13,138 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of 46,714 net contracts.

The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) growing by 7,501 contracts (to a weekly total of 103,488 contracts) while the gross bearish position (shorts) lowering by -5,637 contracts for the week (to a total of 43,636 contracts).

Silver speculator bets rose strongly for a second consecutive week after having fallen in the previous two weeks. Speculative positions have now gained in nine out of the past thirteen weeks as sentiment continues to remain strong. The silver net position has advanced from a total of -8,443 contracts on June 4th to a total of +59,852 contracts this week which is a gain of +68,295 contracts over the past thirteen weeks.

Silver Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -81,681 contracts on the week. This was a weekly fall of -10,818 contracts from the total net of -70,863 contracts reported the previous week.

Silver Futures:

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the Silver Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $1829.80 which was an uptick of $115.00 from the previous close of $1714.80, according to unofficial market data.


US Dollar Index speculators nudged bullish bets up

US Dollar Index Speculator Positions

Large currency speculators lifted their bullish net positions in the US Dollar Index futures markets this week, according to the latest Commitment of Traders (COT) data released by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Friday.

The non-commercial futures contracts of US Dollar Index futures, traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of 29,897 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday August 27th. This was a weekly lift of 398 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 29,499 net contracts.

This week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) declining by -961 contracts (to a weekly total of 48,102 contracts) compared to the gross bearish position (shorts) which saw a larger decline by -1,359 contracts on the week (to a total of 18,205 contracts).

US Dollar Index speculators inched up their bullish bets this week following two down weeks. Overall, dollar index speculative positions have risen for seven out of the past ten weeks and maintain their bullish standing right around the +30,000 net contract level.


*COT Report: The COT data, released weekly to the public each Friday, is updated through the most recent Tuesday (data is 3 days old) and shows a quick view of how large speculators or non-commercials (for-profit traders) as well as the commercial traders (hedgers & traders for business purposes) were positioned in the futures markets. The CFTC categorizes trader positions according to commercial hedgers (traders who use futures contracts for hedging as part of the business), non-commercials (large traders who speculate to realize trading profits) and nonreportable traders (usually small traders/speculators). Find CFTC criteria here: (http://www.cftc.gov/MarketReports/CommitmentsofTraders/ExplanatoryNotes/index.htm).
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––__________–––––_______––
This entry was posted in COT Reports. Bookmark the permalink.