Silver Speculators Cut Back Again On Their Bullish Bets This Past Week

August 12, 2018

Silver COT Futures Large Trader Positions

Silver Futures Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large metals speculators reduced 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 4,341 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday August 7th. This was a weekly fall of -1,523 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 5,864 net contracts.

The speculative position has now fallen for seven out of the past eight weeks after a slight increase in bullish position last week. The overall bullish standing remains under the +10,000 net position level now for a fourth straight week.

Silver Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders’ position, hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -22,118 contracts on the week. This was a weekly uptick of 2,031 contracts from the total net of -24,149 contracts reported the previous week.

Silver COT Futures Large Trader Vs SLV ETF

iShares Silver (NYSE:SLV):

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the SLV ishares ETF, which tracks the price of silver, closed at approximately $14.43 which was a loss of $-0.18 from the previous close of $14.61, according to unofficial market data.

Man has had the ability to separate silver from lead for as far back as 4000 B.C.