Silver saw some aggressive liquidation action overnight, with the July contract falling down to its lowest level since September of 2010! In addition to knock-on selling from gold, silver was reportedly under pressure from technically inspired selling as the market approached and failed to hold the April spike low. Another element that might be undermining silver is ongoing interest in equities, which in turn might have been behind the decline in silver derivative holdings at the end of last week. One silver derivative instrument on Friday saw its holdings fall down to its lowest level since January 15th. The Commitments of Traders Futures and Options report as of May 14th showed Non-Commercial traders were net long 8,693 contracts, a decrease of 3,829. Commercial traders were net short 11,436 contracts, a decrease of 2,063. Non-reportable traders were net long 2,743 contracts, an increase of 1,765 contracts. Non-Commercial and Non-reportable traders combined held a net long position of 11,436 contracts, a decrease of 2,064 contracts. With July silver from the COT position mark off date down another $3.12 an ounce to this morning's low, the COT long positioning readings are probably overstated. However, silver in modern trading has only seen two instances where the Non-reportable and Non-commercial net long positioning has fallen below 10,000 contracts, and that was in mid 1997 and again in 2001! Comex Silver Stocks were 164.020 million ounces down 855,953 ounces. Silver stocks have declined in 14 of the last 20 days.