Sept. 29, 2018 – By CountingPips.com – Receive our weekly COT Reports by Email
Silver Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:
Large precious metals speculators cut back on their bearish 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 -23,255 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday September 25th. This was a weekly rise of 2,261 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -25,516 net contracts.
The speculative bearish position has cooled off for three straight weeks after having seen five straight weeks of increasing bearish bets. The current standing is at the lowest bearish level in four weeks but remains above the -20,000 net contract threshold for a fourth week.
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Silver Commercial Positions:
The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of 5,386 contracts on the week. This was a weekly shortfall of -3,448 contracts from the total net of 8,834 contracts reported the previous week.
Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the Silver Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $1449.30 which was a gain of $30.80 from the previous close of $1418.50, 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: (http://www.cftc.gov/MarketReports/CommitmentsofTraders/ExplanatoryNotes/index.htm).
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