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Gold Weekly Snapshot, Dec 4, 2023

In our new Weekly Gold Snapshot:

Gold futures hit all-time high in USD, closing above $2,070 an ounce after dovish FED duet (C. Waller & J. Powell).

  • Comex Gold futures shot up 1.6% on Friday closing at $2090 per ounce, surpassing the previous high set on August 2020.
  • Fed funds futures are now pricing in five rate cuts by the end of 2024.
  • Raging Bulls seem unstoppable, raising Week to-Week Open Interest by 11,017 lots or 1.1 M ounces, to 510K contracts (6-month high), as traders continue to increase their long bets.
  • COT report covering the week to Nov 28 showed managed funds were net-long for seventh straight week increasing their position by 45% (35,758 lots or 3.8M ounces) to 114,893 contracts. (page 2)
  • Trading flow reflected a frenzy of calls buying, generating a rise in implied volatility for calls/upside strikes. Gold options activity remains supportive for the metal, with call wall (highest gamma) rolling higher to 2100. (page 3)
  • A breakout above $2,100 could lead to some FOMO…

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