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COT Gold, Silver and US Dollar Index Report - May 3, 2013


-- Posted Friday, 3 May 2013 | | Disqus

 

Gold COT Report - Futures

Large Speculators

Commercial

Total

Long

Short

Spreading

Long

Short

Long

Short

193,310

96,258

20,115

170,211

265,774

383,636

382,147

Change from Prior Reporting Period

-3,878

3,325

-1,772

14,080

5,255

8,430

6,808

Traders

137

96

73

60

52

229

195

 

 

Small Speculators

 

 

 

 

Long

Short

Open Interest

 

 

 

37,451

38,940

421,087

 

 

 

-2,417

-795

6,013

 

 

 

non reportable positions

Change from the previous reporting period

 

COT Gold Report - Positions as of

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

 

Gold COT Report - Futures & Options Combined

Large Speculators

Commercial

Total

Long

Short

Spreading

Long

Short

Long

Short

171,901

86,011

226,863

305,597

389,428

704,361

702,303

Change from Prior Reporting Period

-2,695

-4,894

-47,577

-19,823

-22,065

-70,096

-74,536

Traders

154

125

136

66

63

290

260

 

 

Small Speculators

 

 

 

 

Long

Short

Open Interest

 

 

 

45,316

47,374

749,677

 

 

 

-4,888

-447

-74,983

 

 

 

non reportable positions

Change from the previous reporting period

 

COT Gold Report - Positions as of

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

 

Silver COT Report: Futures

Large Speculators

Commercial

Long

Short

Spreading

Long

Short

35,720

23,530

23,400

65,685

79,915

-3,097

-286

-7,713

-2,573

-5,507

Traders

57

55

45

40

38

Small Speculators

Open Interest

Total

Long

Short

143,477

Long

Short

18,672

16,632

124,805

126,845

-2,110

-1,987

-15,493

-13,383

-13,506

non reportable positions

Positions as of:

123

119

 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Silver COT Report: Futures & Options Combined

Large Speculators

Commercial

Long

Short

Spreading

Long

Short

33,439

21,832

54,283

86,123

99,988

-1,440

-453

-19,536

-9,593

-10,823

Traders

67

53

65

43

42

Small Speculators

Open Interest

Total

Long

Short

194,361

Long

Short

20,517

18,259

173,844

176,103

-3,138

-2,895

-33,708

-30,570

-30,812

non reportable positions

Positions as of:

139

138

 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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US Dollar Index COT Report - Futures

Large Speculators

Commercial

Total

Long

Short

Spreading

Long

Short

Long

Short

50,628

15,264

1,691

9,794

52,210

62,113

69,165

-8,438

-5,533

-122

2,428

-1,605

-6,132

-7,260

Traders

81

23

7

13

8

96

36

 

Small Speculators

 

 

 

 

Long

Short

Open Interest

 

 

 

8,663

1,611

70,776

 

 

 

-1,358

-230

-7,490

 

 

 

non reportable positions

Change from the previous reporting period

 

COT Silver Report - Positions as of

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

 

US Dollar Index COT Report - Futures & Options Combined

Large Speculators

Commercial

Total

Long

Short

Spreading

Long

Short

Long

Short

50,534

15,324

2,013

9,970

52,232

62,517

69,569

-8,532

-5,628

83

2,423

-1,626

-6,027

-7,171

Traders

82

24

11

13

8

98

40

 

Small Speculators

 

 

 

 

Long

Short

Open Interest

 

 

 

8,719

1,667

71,236

 

 

 

-1,387

-243

-7,414

 

 

 

non reportable positions

Change from the previous reporting period

 

COT Silver Report - Positions as of

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

 

The COT reports which we look at each week provide a breakdown of each Tuesday's open interest for markets in which 20 or more traders hold positions equal to or above the reporting levels established by the CFTC.   The weekly reports for Futures-and-Options-Combined Commitments of Traders are released every Friday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.   The short report shows open interest separately by reportable and Non-reportable positions.   For reportable positions, additional data is provided for commercial and non-commercial holdings, spreading, changes from the previous report.

 

Futures and Options Combined

What does this title mean?   A future is a standardized contract traded through regulated exchanges where an investor buys or sells a contract at a specified price for a specific date in the future.   The price includes the interest charge due to the seller by the buyer from the date of the contract to the due date.   An option is the ‘right to buy or sell’ a contract at a fixed date in the future at a specific [strike] price.   The difference is that a futures contract is an agreement to buy or sell, whereas an option gives the holder the right to buy or sell.   An option holder can decide not to take up that right and will only lose the cost of buying the option.   His loss is therefore definable at the start of his investment, while the potential profit has not limit to it.   A futures contract is usually leveraged [a loan provided] up to 90% of the contract.   However, with the owner liable to top up his ‘margin’ to maintain this 10% his potential losses can rise far higher than his investment.  A ‘long’ [buying] contract limits its loss to the full price of the item, whereas the ‘short’ [selling] contract has no limit except the height that the price of the item can rise to.

 

The Commitment of Traders report [COT] is therefore a report on the overall position of the Commodity Exchange [COMEX or NYMEX].

 

Large & Small Speculators

The word “speculator” implies that the person is simply making a bet on the way he thinks the price of the item is going to move.   In essence, he is a gambler.   A trader might be this, but then again he might be an Arbitrageur, buying in one market and selling in another to capture the price difference between the two.   He wants to deal as fast as possible so as to minimize his risk of a price movement while he is exposed.   We would not put him in the same category as a speculator.

 

Contract

One contract is 100 ounces of gold, or 5,000 ounces silver.   The numbers referred to above are therefore the number of contracts in that position.   The net long speculative position is found by adding the large and small speculators bought contracts and deducting the large and small speculators sold contracts.   We work on there being 32,150 ounces in a tonne.

 

Buy [Long]

A long position is where an investor, trader, speculator buys 100 ounces x the number of contracts.     

 

Sell [Short]

A short position is where an investor, trader, speculator sells 100 ounces x the number contracts.

 

Spreading

For the options-and-futures-combined report, spreading measures the extent to which each non-commercial trader holds equal combined-long and combined-short positions. For example, if a non-commercial trader in Gold futures holds 2,000 long contracts and 1,500 short contracts, 500 contracts will appear in the "Long" category and 1,500 contracts will appear in the "Spreading" category.

 

Open Interest

Open interest is the total of all futures and/or option contracts entered into and not yet offset by a transaction, by delivery, by exercise, etc. The aggregate of all long open interest is equal to the aggregate of all short open interest.

 

Reportable Positions

Clearing members, futures commission merchants, and foreign brokers (collectively called "reporting firms") file daily reports with the Commission. Those reports show the futures and option positions of traders that hold positions above specific reporting levels set by CFTC regulations.

 

Commercial and Non-commercial Traders

When an individual reportable trader is identified to the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, the trader is classified either as "commercial" or "non-commercial." All of a trader's reported futures positions in a commodity are classified as commercial if the trader uses futures contracts in that particular commodity for hedging as defined in the Commission's regulations (1.3(z)).

 

Non-reportable Positions

The long and short open interest shown as "Non-reportable Positions" are derived by subtracting total long and short "Reportable Positions" from the total open interest. Accordingly, for "Non-reportable Positions," the number of traders involved and the commercial/non-commercial classification of each trader are unknown.

 

Changes in Commitments from Previous Reports

Changes represent the differences between the data for the current report date and the data published in the previous report.

 

Number of Traders

To determine the total number of reportable traders in a market, a trader is counted only once regardless whether the trader appears in more than one category (non-commercial traders may be long or short only and may be spreading; commercial traders may be long and short). To determine the number of traders in each category, however, a trader is counted in each category in which the trader holds a position. Therefore, the sum of the numbers of traders in each category will often exceed the "Total" number of traders in that market.


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