Gold Speculators cut back on their bullish bets for 3rd week

August 4, 2018

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Gold Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large precious metals speculators continued to reduce their bullish bets 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 35,337 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday July 31st. This was a weekly fall of -13,260 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 48,597 net contracts.

The speculative gold position has declined for three straights weeks and by a total of -46,097 contracts over that time-frame. The current net standing is now at the lowest bullish position since January 5th 2016 when bullish bets equaled 26,560 contracts (a span of 134 weeks).

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Gold Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -47,918 contracts on the week. This was a weekly rise of 17,750 contracts from the total net of -65,668 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 $115.99 which was a decrease of $-0.05 from the previous close of $116.04, 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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