Gold Speculators sharply reduced their bullish net positions this week

April 7, 2018

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Gold Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large precious metal speculators cut back on their 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 166,589 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday April 3rd. This was a weekly reduction of -36,765 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 203,354 net contracts.

Speculative positions fell back below the +200,000 net contract level this week after a strong gain in contracts last week (+54,623 contracts) pushed the overall bullish position above that threshold last week.

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The gold speculative position has now declined for seven out of the past ten weeks as sentiment across the major precious metals (silver, gold, copper) has been weak.

Gold Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -188,865 contracts on the week. This was a weekly increase of 37,495 contracts from the total net of -226,360 contracts reported the previous week.


Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the GLD ETF, which tracks the price of gold, closed at approximately $126.30 which was a decrease of $-1.19 from the previous close of $127.49, according to unofficial market data.

*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: (

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