Silver Speculators Edged Bullish Bets Lower

September 15, 2019

New York (Sept 15)  Large precious metals speculators slightly trimmed 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 60,231 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday, September 10th. This was a weekly reduction of -1,894 net contracts from the previous week which had a total of 62,125 net contracts.

The week’s net position was the result of the gross bullish position (longs) falling by -4,564 contracts (to a weekly total of 100,413 contracts) while the gross bearish position (shorts) declined by a lesser amount of -2,670 contracts for the week (to a total of 40,182 contracts).

The Silver speculative bets dipped this week following three straight weeks of gains that had added over +22,000 contracts to the overall net bullish position. Speculator sentiment has risen for ten out of the past fifteen weeks that has taken the net position from a total of -8,443 contracts on June 4th to a total of +60,231 contracts as of this week. Despite the small pullback, this week marked the first time since November of 2017 that the net position has been above +60,000 contracts for two 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 -84,768 contracts on the week. This was a weekly decrease of -90 contracts from the total net of -84,678 contracts reported the previous week.

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the Silver Futures (Front Month) closed at approximately $1818.60 which was a loss of $-105.10 from the previous close of $1923.70, according to unofficial market data.

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