Gold COT Report: Can the Bulls Defend $1300?

Paban Raj Pandey

The following chart and data highlight non-commercial commodity futures trading positions as of May 1, 2018.

This data was released with the May 4 COT Report (Commitment of Traders). Note that this chart also appeared on my blog.

The chart below looks at non-commercial futures trading positions for Gold. For the week, the price of spot Gold fell -0.7%.

Here’s a look at Gold futures speculative positioning. Scroll further down for commentary and analysis.

Gold FuturesCurrently net long 106.8k, down 29.9k.

gold large speculators cot report futures chart_4 may 2018

In two weeks, the cash ($1,314.70/ounce) travelled from the daily upper Bollinger band to the lower.  After getting rejected at $1,360-70 resistance on April 18, gold quickly dropped to test $1,300, which is the lower bound of a nearly two-year range.

This time around, that support approximates the 200-day as well as a rising trend line from December 2016.  A loss of this exposes the metal to a test of trend-line support around $1,285 from December 2015.  That was when gold bottomed at $1,045.40 after peaking in September 2011 at $1,923.70.  Gold bugs cannot afford to lose this.

By the looks of things, they are not ready to give away $1,300.  There is room to rally (more here), particularly if the US dollar weakens.  The 50-day lies at $1,329.77.

Flows can always improve.  In the week through Wednesday, GLD (SPDR gold ETF) lost $187 million, even as IAU (iShares gold trust) took in $88 million (courtesy of

Non-commercials are the other wildcard.  They have been cutting back net longs.  But even in the face of this, the cash has not lost $1,300.


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