December 1st 2018 – By CountingPips.com – Receive our weekly COT Reports by Email
Silver Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:
Large precious metals speculators raised 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 -10,966 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday November 27th. This was a weekly change of -238 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of -10,728 net contracts.
This week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position sliding by -3,833 contracts to a weekly total of 67,813 contracts compared to the gross bearish position which saw a decrease by -3,595 contracts for the week to a total of 78,779 contracts .
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The bearish speculative net position has increased for two out of the past three weeks. The current standing has remained in a bearish position for sixteen straight weeks and is above the -10,000 contract level for a third week in a row.
Silver Commercial Positions:
The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -8,841 contracts on the week. This was a weekly decline of -1,947 contracts from the total net of -6,894 contracts reported the previous week.
Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the Silver Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $1422.10 which was a fall of $-4.80 from the previous close of $1426.90, 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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