October 12th – By CountingPips.com – Receive our weekly COT Reports by Email
Silver Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:
Large precious metals speculators slightly advanced 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 50,754 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday October 8th. This was a weekly rise of 939 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of 49,815 net contracts.
The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) advancing by 125 contracts (to a weekly total of 90,092 contracts) while the gross bearish position (shorts) decreased by -814 contracts for the week (to a total of 39,338 contracts).
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Silver speculators edged their bets higher this week following four straight weeks of declines that had subtracted a total of -12,310 contracts from the overall position. The gain this week pushed the net position total above the +50,000 contract level after a dip below this threshold last week. The speculative silver position has now been in bullish territory for eighteen straight weeks, dating back to early June.
Silver Commercial Positions:
The commercial traders position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -76,906 contracts on the week. This was a weekly loss of -3,125 contracts from the total net of -73,781 contracts reported the previous week.
Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the Silver Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $1770.00 which was an uptick of $39.80 from the previous close of $1730.20, 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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