According to Mark O’Byrne of Gold Core, options traders (sophisticated and smart money) are the most bullish on Gold since the bottom in October 2008.
A new and important bullish indicator for the gold market is that gold calls are at highs not seen since the October 2008 low as option traders go long gold in the belief that it will go higher.
It suggests that option traders believe that U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will hint at or announce additional money printing and monetary easing at the Jackson Hole, Wyoming, symposium.
Alternatively, it suggests that they are bullish on gold due to the risks posed to the dollar and the risk of inflation taking off.
The ratio of outstanding calls to buy the SPDR Gold Trust versus puts to sell jumped to 2.69 to 1 on August 24th and reached 2.76 earlier this month, the highest level since October 2008, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Ownership of calls is up 26% since the July 20th options expiry. Ten of the most owned actively owned ETF option contracts are bullish.
Option traders are regarded as savvier and tend to be more sophisticated then the more speculative futures traders.