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US Dollar net speculator positions declined to $-10.28 billion this week
The latest data for the weekly Commitment of Traders (COT) report, released by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Friday, showed that large traders and currency speculators continued to increase their bearish bets for the US dollar this week.
Non-commercial large futures traders, including hedge funds and large speculators, had an overall US dollar short position totaling $-10.28 billion as of Tuesday August 29th, according to the latest data from the CFTC and dollar amount calculations by Reuters. This was a weekly decline of $-0.88 billion from the $-9.4 billion total short position that was registered the previous week, according to the Reuters calculation (totals of the US dollar contracts against the combined contracts of the euro, British pound, Japanese yen, Australian dollar, Canadian dollar and the Swiss franc).
The decline in the aggregate dollar position marks the ninth time out of the last ten weeks that speculator bets for the dollar have fallen. The current dollar position is now at the most bearish level since January 22nd of 2013 when the short position totaled $-13.26 billion.
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Weekly Speculator Contract Changes:
The major currencies that rose against the US dollar last week were the Japanese yen (5,562 weekly change in contracts), Swiss franc (209 contracts), Canadian dollar (2,068 contracts) and the Australian dollar (6,043 contracts).
The currencies whose speculative bets fell last week versus the dollar were the euro (-1,457 weekly change in contracts), British pound sterling (-5,655 contracts), New Zealand dollar (-3,078 contracts) and the Mexican peso (-608 contracts).
Table of Weekly Commercial Traders and Speculators Levels & Changes:
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This latest COT data is through Tuesday and shows a quick view of how large speculators or non-commercials (for-profit traders) as well as the commercial traders (hedgers & traders for business purposes) were positioned in the futures markets. All currency positions are in direct relation to the US dollar where, for example, a bet for the euro is a bet that the euro will rise versus the dollar while a bet against the euro will be a bet that the dollar will gain versus the euro.
Weekly Charts: Large Trader Weekly Positions vs Price
*COT Report: The weekly commitment of traders report summarizes the total trader positions for open contracts in the futures trading markets. The CFTC categorizes trader positions according to commercial hedgers (traders who use futures contracts for hedging as part of the business), non-commercials (large traders who speculate to realize trading profits) and nonreportable traders (usually small traders/speculators). Find CFTC criteria here: (http://www.cftc.gov/MarketReports/CommitmentsofTraders/ExplanatoryNotes/index.htm).
The Commitment of Traders report is published every Friday by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and shows futures positions data that was reported as of the previous Tuesday (3 days behind).
Each currency contract is a quote for that currency directly against the U.S. dollar, a net short amount of contracts means that more speculators are betting that currency to fall against the dollar and a net long position expect that currency to rise versus the dollar.
(The charts overlay the forex closing price of each Tuesday when COT trader positions are reported for each corresponding spot currency pair.) See more information and explanation on the weekly COT report from the CFTC website.
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