Comex August Gold Deliveries Heat Up

Wed, Aug 5, 2015 - 11:36am

We watched intently as July Comex silver deliveries spiked to unusually high levels. Now, with August Comex gold in delivery, we're starting to see some of the same demand. No, it's not a "run" or a potential "default". It may, however, be another indicator of extremely tight global wholesale precious metal supply.

For a refresher of the unusual delivery pattern in July silver, click here:

As noted in silver, the number of contracts of gold delivered over the course of a delivery month NEVER exceeds the amount standing at contract "expiration" or on First Notice Day. Never, ever have I seen this happen. Below are the stats for the previous four delivery months so that you can see for yourself how this usually works:

Dec14: 11,507 open at contract "expiration". 3,381 total deliveries for 29.4%

Feb15: 8,455 open. 1,174 total deliveries for 13.9%

Apr15: 7,348 open. 2,801 deliveries for 38.1%

Jun15: 8,380 open. 2,959 deliveries for 35.3%

Aug15: 9,215 open.

And here's where it gets interesting...and it's only August 5. Last evening, the CME posted the delivery totals for yesterday. Here's a screenshot of the cumulative deliveries so far in August:

Note that after a whopping 2,828 deliveries yesterday (more on that below), the total amount of deliveries made so far in just four days is 3,171. If we plug that in versus the total number of contracts still open when the contract went off the board on July 30, we already have a delivery percentage of 34.4%. So, for August to "look like a normal month" of deliveries, gold deliveries would have to stop right about here.

However, they're not going to stop right about here? Why? Because, as of yesterday, there were still 6,593 August gold contracts still open. THIS BRINGS UP ALL SORTS OF INTERESTING ISSUES.

  1. If just half of the remaining 6,593 contracts get delivered, August gold will see something like 6,500 total deliveries versus a standing total of 9,215 for something like 70%. That in itself is noteworthy considering recent history and what happened in July silver.
  2. But that's not the most interesting part. Let's do some math! As noted, there were 9,215 contracts still open at "expiration" and 8,295 still open at the close on First Notice Day last Friday. Today, the CME shows 3,171 total deliveries made and 6,593 contracts still open. If we add those together we get 9,764. Holy smokes! Have we already seen 550 contracts "jump the queue" for immediate August delivery?
  3. And where is this deliverable "gold" coming from? When August deliveries began late last week, the CME Gold Stocks report showed only 351,519 ounces in the registered (available for delivery) category and now we've already seen 317,100 ounces delivered.

And this is where all of the lies, deceit, fraud and warehouse receipts start to unravel. For clarity, let's focus on yesterday alone.

The CME delivery report for yesterday is posted below. Note the primary "issuer" of the deliveries:

Yes, good old JPMorgan allegedly delivered 2,750 contracts of August gold yesterday. Keep in mind that:

  • That's 275,000 troy ounces
  • All from the House or proprietary account
  • The stated position limit for the front/delivery month is 3,000 contracts (
  • And, as you can see below, as of yesterday JPM only showed 98,971 ounces in their entire registered vault.

So are we going to see all sorts of adjustments and other book entries over the next few days? Will several metric tonnes of gold suddenly move from eligible to registered in order for The Banks to make August deliveries?

Or will we see any "gold" move at all? Instead, will the CME simply continue to maintain the charade of physical metal clearance by posting disconnected data and hoping that no one will notice?

What about the House Account of JPMorgan? Will their total deliveries exceed the 3,000 maximum as mandated by Comex position limit rules? And if it's not JPM delivering upon the remaining 6,593 contracts, which Bank will? Will HSBC turn around and deliver back out some of the same "gold" they just stopped yesterday?

CAN'T YOU SEE WHAT A GIGANTIC FREAKING SCAM THIS IS??? And the only reason the paper derivative price can claim any relevance at all is because of the alleged physical delivery that backs the exchange where the price is derived. This delivery fraud then allows the charade to keep going, while price is manipulated lower and the CME collects all of their trading and assorted other fees.

Just as in July Comex silver, we'll continue to closely monitor these developments as we move through August with gold but don't expect any "change" or "bank runs" or "defaults". Unfortunately, you must expect more fraud, lies and deceit as the current fractional reserve bullion banking scheme grinds toward its eventual demise.


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Aug 6, 2015 - 11:11am


Let's see who's going to win the battle of the wits. Are commodities going to climb or is the S&P going to join them at the bottom? My guess is this September we are going to find out. (Chart taken from ZH article today)

Aug 6, 2015 - 10:08am

August OI update

As jcm pointed out earlier in the thread, the August OI was due to catch up to the delivery notices and that's what happened last night. So, here are your updated totals:

Open at expiration: 9,215

Open after FND: 8,295

Total deliveries through last night: 3,179

Total remaining August OI: 3,875

This means we are still tracking toward as many as 7,000 total deliveries or 75%...double the usual rate/flow.

Aug 5, 2015 - 11:15pm

Only 8 deliveries today

Raises the August gold total to 3,179

lund175Dyna mo hum
Aug 5, 2015 - 9:55pm

Dyna mo

I could not agree more with your statement.

The devastation he has done and is going to do is more than all presidents combined.

But hey, think of all the phone's he passed out, can't be all that bad. Said the blind.

Aug 5, 2015 - 9:50pm


I take the prez's statement as "China, don't try anything or we will block you from swift and not cash your treasuries ."

At least that bluff/ warning will give the g man more time.

Aug 5, 2015 - 8:13pm

Obama's statement

Truly a historic event, an American politician telling the truth, never thought I would live to see it. All signs point to something big coming.

Dyna mo hum
Aug 5, 2015 - 8:09pm

Obamas statement

Obama seems to have a special hatred for the for the United States even after being given so much by her. When you step back and look at his legacy it is astounding and I feel nothing but contempt for all like him.

Aug 5, 2015 - 7:57pm

I hope they raid for $100

Nobody cares anymore. Seems all are resigned to keep stacking and wait for the end.

Need moar AG!


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Aug 5, 2015 - 4:51pm

another raid tonight?

gold price reaches the point for another raid. expect to be down $30 tonight. We have only a month away from total collapse. the manipulation become extreme. I don't see any significant bounce from now on like before.

Aug 5, 2015 - 4:07pm

Obamas statement

Just to make sure we all understand the gravity of what he said--he said the US no longer has the prestige, power or persuasiveness/ influence we one had. Our dollar is at risk with not much cushion.

Chinas selling dollars the last 6 months--maybe tied into the iranian deal and reminding the US how vulnerable we are.

Turd alluded to this but as we think more, I think we just are seeing what the late 2015 big picture changes are. The Fed/PPT etal must be working overtime to keep everything together but for how long?

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