Silver Speculators sharply boosted bullish net positions, up for 7th week

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Silver Non-Commercial Speculator Positions:

Large speculators continued to push their bullish net positions higher 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 64,171 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday September 5th. This was a weekly increase of 10,526 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 53,645 net contracts.

Silver speculative positions have gained for seven consecutive weeks (a total rise of +54,795 net contracts over the seven weeks) which has leveled spec positions at the highest standing since June 6th when net positions totaled +65,941 contracts.


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Silver Commercial Positions:

The commercial traders position, categorized by the CFTC as hedgers or traders engaged in buying and selling for business purposes, totaled a net position of -76,688 contracts on the week. This was a weekly decline of -11,100 contracts from the total net of -65,588 contracts reported the previous week.

SLV ETF:

Over the same weekly reporting time-frame, from Tuesday to Tuesday, the SLV ishares ETF, which tracks the price of silver, closed at approximately $16.91 which was a gain of $0.49 from the previous close of $16.42, according to unofficial market data.

*COT Report: The COT data, released weekly to the public each Friday, is updated through the most recent Tuesday (data is 3 days old) and shows a quick view of how large speculators or non-commercials (for-profit traders) as well as the commercial traders (hedgers & traders for business purposes) were positioned in the futures markets. The CFTC categorizes trader positions according to commercial hedgers (traders who use futures contracts for hedging as part of the business), non-commercials (large traders who speculate to realize trading profits) and nonreportable traders (usually small traders/speculators). Find CFTC criteria here: (http://www.cftc.gov/MarketReports/CommitmentsofTraders/ExplanatoryNotes/index.htm).

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