COT Metals Speculators continue to decrease their Gold & Silver bullish bets

COT Metals Speculators continue to decrease their Gold & Silver bullish bets

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Here are the latest charts and statistics for the Commitment of Traders (COT) data published by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

The latest COT data is updated through Tuesday May 31st and shows a quick view of how large traders (for-profit speculators and commercial entities) were positioned in the futures markets.

Metals large speculator bets were mostly higher this week as three out of the five metals markets we cover had higher positioning this week while two markets had lower contracts. Leading the gains for metals was Copper (1,608 contracts) with Platinum (878 contracts) and Palladium (339 contracts) also showing a positive week. Meanwhile, leading the declines in speculator bets this week was Gold (-11,224 contracts) while Silver (-106 contracts) also registered lower bets on the week.

Gold positions dropped by over -11,000 contracts this week and have now been lower in nine out of the past twelve weeks. The gold position has declined by a total of -101,799 contracts over that 12-week time period. This weakness has now pushed the gold speculator net standing to the lowest level of the past seventeen weeks, dating back to February 1st.

Silver bets, meanwhile, have fallen for six consecutive weeks and by a total of -32,432 contracts over that period. Silver speculators have bailed out of their bullish positions since early March 3rd when the net position hit a 43-week high at +52,297 contracts. Currently, the net position has fallen all the way down to +13,997 contracts this week which marks the lowest level in the past 155 weeks, dating back to June 11th of 2019.


Strength scores (3-Year range of Speculator positions, from 0 to 100 where above 80 is extreme bullish and below 20 is extreme bearish) show that most of the metals markets are in extreme bearish levels (except Gold which is just above the 20 percent threshold). Strength score trends (or move index, that show 6-week changes in strength scores) shows the recent weakness of all of the metals market. Silver, Gold and Copper have fallen particularly hard in six weeks.


Data Snapshot of Commodity Market Traders | Columns Legend
May-31-2022 OI OI-Index Spec-Net Spec-Index Com-Net COM-Index Smalls-Net Smalls-Index
WTI Crude 1,787,928 9 332,976 10 -373,761 91 40,785 72
Gold 513,722 18 172,589 5 -200,056 95 27,467 32
Silver 147,301 14 13,997 15 -23,861 99 9,864 6
Copper 189,923 19 -18,025 29 15,425 70 2,600 40
Palladium 6,538 1 -3,133 4 3,221 95 -88 39
Platinum 67,964 35 2,363 7 -6,501 96 4,138 20
Natural Gas 1,115,815 7 -110,368 45 59,679 50 50,689 100
Brent 181,699 25 -40,872 43 38,941 58 1,931 35
Heating Oil 349,618 31 6,455 52 -32,434 37 25,979 88
Soybeans 753,373 34 186,078 71 -158,757 34 -27,321 25
Corn 1,564,217 32 404,200 82 -353,348 22 -50,852 14
Coffee 214,170 8 43,015 76 -45,757 28 2,742 17
Sugar 848,463 11 201,680 78 -240,752 23 39,072 56
Wheat 331,136 11 22,309 48 -18,647 33 -3,662 91

 


Gold Comex Futures:

Gold Futures COT ChartThe Gold Comex Futures large speculator standing this week totaled a net position of 172,589 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decline of -11,224 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 183,813 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish-Extreme with a score of 5.4 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 94.9 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 32.2 percent.

Gold Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 52.5 26.3 9.1
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 18.9 65.3 3.7
– Net Position: 172,589 -200,056 27,467
– Gross Longs: 269,459 135,360 46,639
– Gross Shorts: 96,870 335,416 19,172
– Long to Short Ratio: 2.8 to 1 0.4 to 1 2.4 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 5.4 94.9 32.2
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish-Extreme Bullish-Extreme Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -35.1 38.6 -27.6

 


Silver Comex Futures:

Silver Futures COT ChartThe Silver Comex Futures large speculator standing this week totaled a net position of 13,997 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decrease of -106 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 14,103 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish-Extreme with a score of 15.1 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 99.3 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 6.2 percent.

Silver Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 37.7 38.3 16.6
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 28.2 54.5 9.9
– Net Position: 13,997 -23,861 9,864
– Gross Longs: 55,545 56,447 24,482
– Gross Shorts: 41,548 80,308 14,618
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.3 to 1 0.7 to 1 1.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 15.1 99.3 6.2
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish-Extreme Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -43.1 50.9 -38.3

 


Copper Grade #1 Futures:

Copper Futures COT ChartThe Copper Grade #1 Futures large speculator standing this week totaled a net position of -18,025 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly gain of 1,608 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -19,633 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish with a score of 29.4 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 70.1 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 40.3 percent.

Copper Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 28.1 52.5 9.0
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 37.6 44.4 7.7
– Net Position: -18,025 15,425 2,600
– Gross Longs: 53,404 99,692 17,184
– Gross Shorts: 71,429 84,267 14,584
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.7 to 1 1.2 to 1 1.2 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 29.4 70.1 40.3
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -26.5 30.1 -39.7

 


Platinum Futures:

Platinum Futures COT ChartThe Platinum Futures large speculator standing this week totaled a net position of 2,363 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly rise of 878 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 1,485 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish-Extreme with a score of 6.7 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 96.1 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 19.7 percent.

Platinum Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 40.1 40.6 11.8
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 36.6 50.2 5.7
– Net Position: 2,363 -6,501 4,138
– Gross Longs: 27,226 27,591 8,034
– Gross Shorts: 24,863 34,092 3,896
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.1 to 1 0.8 to 1 2.1 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 6.7 96.1 19.7
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish-Extreme Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -7.4 10.1 -29.9

 


Palladium Futures:

Palladium Futures COT ChartThe Palladium Futures large speculator standing this week totaled a net position of -3,133 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly increase of 339 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -3,472 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish-Extreme with a score of 3.7 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 94.8 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 38.8 percent.

Palladium Futures Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 12.3 70.6 15.7
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 60.2 21.3 17.1
– Net Position: -3,133 3,221 -88
– Gross Longs: 803 4,614 1,029
– Gross Shorts: 3,936 1,393 1,117
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.2 to 1 3.3 to 1 0.9 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 3.7 94.8 38.8
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish-Extreme Bullish-Extreme Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -5.4 9.5 -41.1

 


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