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COT: Gold & Silver Unwind Continues, NZD Long Builds Despite No Gains

COT: Gold & Silver Unwind Continues, NZD Long Builds Despite No Gains

What’s inside:

  • New Zealand dollar large spec net long grows to near record levels despite currency not moving, plenty of fuel for a sell-off
  • Canadian dollar shorts continue to get squeezed, more could be on the way
  • Gold & silver traders continue to dump longs; silver position unwinding at an extreme rate as it approaches long-term support

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Every Friday the Commitment of Traders (COT) report is released, showing futures traders’ positioning as it stands for the week ending on Tuesday. In the table below are the net positions of large speculators (i.e. hedge funds, CTAs, etc.); the change in their positioning from the prior week and where the net position stands relative to its 52-week range.

Notable developments

New Zealand dollar – Net positioning among large speculators showed a positive change (buying) for a seventh week in a row, building towards one of the largest net long positions on record. The increase in long positions comes even though we’ve seen no net gains out of NZD in the past three weeks. The growing number of longs and lack of upside momentum leaves kiwi vulnerable to a downturn, as there becomes an increasingly deeper pool of potential sellers.

Canadian dollar – Large spec shorts cover for the sixth week in a row as the squeeze continues. At nearly the same pace which the net position was built it is unwinding. The Canadian dollar has had a surprisingly sharp move, the cleanest one-way move since rallying sharply during the first half of 2016. It may be overdone in the short-run, but with current market positioning nowhere near an extreme there could be significantly more gains to come for CAD.

Gold & Silver – Precious metal traders continue to liquidate. Gold traders reduced their net long position for a fourth week in a row, pushing it to the smallest holding since February 2016. Silver contracts continue to get dumped at a feverish pace, with the net long position declining nearly 80k contracts since the record long position established in April. The extreme unwinding may indicate we are near a tradable low if the 14-year trend-line can hold.

The COT report is a longer-term sentiment indicator – for a short-term view on sentiment, check out IG Client Sentiment data.

Other futures contracts and large speculator positioning:

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---Written by Paul Robinson, Market Analyst

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