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COT Gold, Silver and US Dollar Index Report - January 17, 2014

 -- Published: Friday, 17 January 2014 | Print  | Disqus 

Gold COT Report - Futures

Large Speculators

Commercial

Total

Long

Short

Spreading

Long

Short

Long

Short

145,857

101,844

32,702

199,650

244,905

378,209

379,451

Change from Prior Reporting Period

6,613

1,487

6,505

20,316

23,687

33,434

31,679

Traders

94

93

72

51

57

187

192

 

 

Small Speculators

 

 

 

 

Long

Short

Open Interest

 

 

 

37,217

35,975

415,426

 

 

 

-1,029

726

32,405

 

 

 

non reportable positions

Change from the previous reporting period

 

COT Gold Report - Positions as of

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

 

Gold COT Report - Futures & Options Combined

Large Speculators

Commercial

Total

Long

Short

Spreading

Long

Short

Long

Short

162,705

91,741

162,498

298,467

369,616

623,670

623,855

Change from Prior Reporting Period

6,435

1,949

5,919

22,863

25,759

35,217

33,627

Traders

122

104

129

58

66

247

243

 

 

Small Speculators

 

 

 

 

Long

Short

Open Interest

 

 

 

41,052

40,867

664,721

 

 

 

-610

980

34,607

 

 

 

non reportable positions

Change from the previous reporting period

 

COT Gold Report - Positions as of

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

 

Silver COT Report - Futures

Large Speculators

Commercial

Total

Long

Short

Spreading

Long

Short

Long

Short

41,287

24,798

14,479

58,869

83,678

114,635

122,955

2

848

1,723

4,994

4,274

6,719

6,845

Traders

74

40

39

41

38

130

109

 

Small Speculators

 

 

 

 

Long

Short

Open Interest

 

 

 

21,523

13,203

136,158

 

 

 

-1,855

-1,981

4,864

 

 

 

non reportable positions

Change from the previous reporting period

 

COT Silver Report - Positions as of

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

 

Silver COT Report - Futures & Options Combined

Large Speculators

Commercial

Total

Long

Short

Spreading

Long

Short

Long

Short

41,122

23,999

34,103

77,078

102,745

152,303

160,847

148

793

1,725

4,669

4,081

6,543

6,599

Traders

82

46

60

43

43

147

134

 

Small Speculators

 

 

 

 

Long

Short

Open Interest

 

 

 

22,690

14,146

174,993

 

 

 

-1,822

-1,878

4,721

 

 

 

non reportable positions

Change from the previous reporting period

 

COT Silver Report - Positions as of

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

 

US Dollar Index COT Report - Futures

Large Speculators

Commercial

Total

Long

Short

Spreading

Long

Short

Long

Short

27,607

23,768

1,716

6,243

15,420

35,566

40,904

-1,554

-7,757

-27

-918

4,137

-2,499

-3,647

Traders

80

29

7

19

7

102

40

 

Small Speculators

 

 

 

 

Long

Short

Open Interest

 

 

 

7,361

2,023

42,927

 

 

 

-1,216

-68

-3,715

 

 

 

non reportable positions

Change from the previous reporting period

 

COT Silver Report - Positions as of

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

 

US Dollar Index COT Report - Futures & Options Combined

Large Speculators

Commercial

Total

Long

Short

Spreading

Long

Short

Long

Short

27,865

24,290

2,107

6,545

15,480

36,516

41,877

-1,624

-7,793

42

-897

4,091

-2,478

-3,660

Traders

85

30

13

19

7

109

45

 

Small Speculators

 

 

 

 

Long

Short

Open Interest

 

 

 

7,419

2,058

43,935

 

 

 

-1,245

-64

-3,723

 

 

 

non reportable positions

Change from the previous reporting period

 

COT Silver Report - Positions as of

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

 

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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