CME Group Micro Gold and Silver Products Update – October 2020

  • 12 Oct 2020
  • By CME Group
  • Topics: Metals

Micro Gold (MGC) and Micro Silver futures (SIL) update

  • September saw quieter markets relative to August, although still exhibiting some volatile moves.
  • COMEX Gold (active December contract) failed at the 2000 USD/oz level early in the month, before enduring a selloff down to ~1850 USD/oz, which it held twice before rallying back towards 1900 USD/oz at the end of the month.
  • Silver also posted its monthly high early, printing 29.235 USD/oz on the active December contract, before following Gold lower ‒ albeit in a more amplified fashion. The low on September 24 was 21.81 USD/oz (~25% lower than its first September monthly high).

Source: CME Group

* APAC hour represents 8 a.m.-8 p.m. SGT/HKT

Source: CME Group

MGC and SIL price movement and daily range (expressed in terms of 1 lot notional)

Source: CME Group

* Intraday price movement is expressed as the difference between the daily high price and the daily low price, multiplied by the contract notional size in troy ounce.

Source: CME Group

Options heatmap

Between September 2 and October 2, the following options showed relatively large builds(+) or decreases(-) in OI

  • Feb’21 2450 calls (+5,401 lots)
  • Apr’21 2350 calls (+3,200 lots)
  • Apr’21 2250 calls (+3,000 lots)
  • Dec’20 2000 calls (-3,195 lots)
  • Feb’21 1950 calls (-6,202 lots)
  • Nov’20 1900 puts (+4,634 lots)
  • Nov’20 1850 puts (+3,866 lots)

Source: QuikStrike Options heatmap tool


Key economic events in October

  • October 6 – US Balance of Trade – 8:30 p.m. SGT / HKT
  • October 6 – Fed Chair Powell speech – 10:40 p.m. SGT / HKT
  • October 8 – FOMC minutes – 2 a.m. SGT / HKT
  • October 13 – US inflation numbers – 8:30 p.m. SGT / HKT
  • October 14 – US PPI – 8:30 p.m. SGT / HKT
  • October 16 – US retail sales – 8:30 p.m. SGT / HKT
  • November 3 – US presidential election

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