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COT Gold, Silver and US Dollar Index Report - February 12, 2016

 -- Published: Friday, 12 February 2016 | Print  | Disqus 

 

Gold COT Report - Futures

Large Speculators

Commercial

Total

Long

Short

Spreading

Long

Short

Long

Short

201,754

103,326

45,747

121,357

226,280

368,858

375,353

Change from Prior Reporting Period

24,786

-820

-422

4,888

32,456

29,252

31,214

Traders

160

113

79

43

58

239

219

 

 

Small Speculators

 

 

 

 

Long

Short

Open Interest

 

 

 

41,975

35,480

410,833

 

 

 

2,396

434

31,648

 

 

 

non reportable positions

Change from the previous reporting period

 

COT Gold Report - Positions as of

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

 

Gold COT Report - Futures & Options Combined

Large Speculators

Commercial

Total

Long

Short

Spreading

Long

Short

Long

Short

219,947

94,561

167,218

209,164

340,796

596,329

602,575

Change from Prior Reporting Period

35,627

-5,895

36,743

29,927

72,850

102,296

103,698

Traders

182

119

130

50

62

282

265

 

 

Small Speculators

 

 

 

 

Long

Short

Open Interest

 

 

 

47,491

41,245

643,820

 

 

 

4,391

2,989

106,687

 

 

 

non reportable positions

Change from the previous reporting period

 

COT Gold Report - Positions as of

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

 

Silver COT Report: Futures

Large Speculators

Commercial

Long

Short

Spreading

Long

Short

78,108

25,426

17,923

44,437

106,146

7,423

-6,671

314

-3,530

12,705

Traders

96

40

55

33

44

Small Speculators

Open Interest

Total

Long

Short

164,664

Long

Short

24,196

15,169

140,468

149,495

2,523

382

6,730

4,207

6,348

non reportable positions

Positions as of:

152

127

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

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Silver COT Report: Futures & Options Combined

Large Speculators

Commercial

Long

Short

Spreading

Long

Short

75,164

25,083

33,374

52,570

112,270

5,685

-6,948

5,423

-1,025

13,862

Traders

100

44

72

37

47

Small Speculators

Open Interest

Total

Long

Short

187,348

Long

Short

26,241

16,621

161,108

170,727

3,108

854

13,191

10,083

12,337

non reportable positions

Positions as of:

169

142

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

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US Dollar Index COT Report - Futures

Large Speculators

Commercial

Total

Long

Short

Spreading

Long

Short

Long

Short

50,735

15,722

1,656

16,295

55,875

68,686

73,253

-4,052

5,807

-363

6,154

-6,825

1,739

-1,381

Traders

83

31

10

11

7

99

45

 

Small Speculators

 

 

 

 

Long

Short

Open Interest

 

 

 

7,167

2,600

75,853

 

 

 

-2,006

1,114

-267

 

 

 

non reportable positions

Change from the previous reporting period

 

COT Silver Report - Positions as of

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

 

US Dollar Index COT Report - Futures & Options Combined

Large Speculators

Commercial

Total

Long

Short

Spreading

Long

Short

Long

Short

50,677

15,678

1,886

16,444

55,970

69,008

73,534

-4,089

5,737

-266

6,162

-6,806

1,808

-1,335

Traders

85

30

14

11

7

101

48

 

Small Speculators

 

 

 

 

Long

Short

Open Interest

 

 

 

7,204

2,677

76,211

 

 

 

-2,004

1,139

-196

 

 

 

non reportable positions

Change from the previous reporting period

 

COT Silver Report - Positions as of

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

 

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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