October 26th – By CountingPips.com – Receive our weekly COT Reports by Email
Silver Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:
Large precious metals speculators boosted 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 46,743 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday October 22nd. This was a weekly change of 2,754 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of 43,989 net contracts.
The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) ascending by 4,659 contracts (to a weekly total of 89,747 contracts) while the gross bearish position (shorts) rose by just 1,905 contracts for the week (to a total of 43,004 contracts).
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Silver speculators raised their bullish bets for the second time in the past three weeks following a streak of four straight down weeks (September 10th through October 1st). The silver position continues to be in a fairly strong standing with the net contract level above +45,000 contracts. Overall, the silver net position has now been above the +40,000 contract level for ten straight weeks.
Silver Commercial Positions:
The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -72,023 contracts on the week. This was a weekly fall of -1,536 contracts from the total net of -70,487 contracts reported the previous week.
Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the Silver Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $1750.0 which was an uptick of $11.6 from the previous close of $1738.4, 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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