(Bloomberg) -- Hedge funds got less bullish on gold before prices dropped to the lowest level since 2010, leaving the metal poised for the worst annual loss in 32 years as investors dump bullion at a record pace.

Money managers reduced their net-long position by 2.8% to 32,524 futures and options in the week ended Dec. 17, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show. Short holdings climbed 1.2% to 75,199, within 6% of the record reached in July. Net-bullish holdings across 18 U.S.- traded commodities rose 8.5% to a seven-week high, led by soybeans, natural gas and cotton.

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