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US dollar bullish bets fall significantly


US dollar bullish bets fell to $20.12 billion from $24.42 billion against the major currencies during the previous week, according to the report of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) covering data up to January 24. Investor optimism for dollar moderated as President Trump’s first acts as he took office were seen as steps in line with his protectionist policy stance: he withdrew the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and promised to renegotiate trade deals.
The President also met with union and business leaders and urged the chief executives of the Big Three US automakers to build more cars in the country. Economic data were mostly positive during the week. The headline inflation rose to 2.1% in December from 1.7% the previous month, core inflation edging to 2.2% over year from 2.1%. With headline inflation above the target 2% rate and unemployment at low 4.7% the Federal Reserve can raise interest rates according to its dual policy mandate unless policy makers feel they need more data to confirm US economic recovery. Other data indicated manufacturing and industrial production expanded in December, housing starts rose while building permits declined, and weekly unemployment claims, at multi-decade lows, declined further. At the same time wages gained modestly amid tight job market, according to Fed Beige Book. On the negative side existing home sales fell in December. Investors cut the dollar bullish bets for the fifth time in six weeks. As is evident from the Sentiment table, sentiment improved for all major currencies. And Canadian dollar joined the Australian dollar as the second currency held net long against the US dollar.
The euro and British Pound sentiment improved after concerns subsided about the possibility of UK’s hard exit from the European Union following UK’s High Court ruling that an Act of Parliament is needed before the British government can invoke Article 50, the beginning of the process for Britain to exit the European Union. The net short euro position fell by $1.8bn to $7.02bn. Investors increased the gross longs and covered shorts by 3058 and 11094 contracts respectively. The British Pound sentiment improved as Pound net shorts narrowed by $189 million to $4.95 billion. The net short position in British Pound fell as investors reduced both the gross longs and covered shorts by 3721 and 6791 contracts respectively. The Japanese yen sentiment also improved as the net short position fell $1.2bn to $7.42bn. Investors reduced both the gross longs and shorts by 1433 and 12423 contracts respectively.
The Canadian dollar sentiment turned bullish with the $418 million net short turning into a net long of $192 million against the dollar. Investors built the gross longs and covered shorts. The bullish sentiment intensified for the Australian dollar with net longs rising by $414 million to $780 million. Investors built both the gross longs and shorts. The sentiment toward the Swiss franc improved marginally with the net shorts narrowing by $4 million to $1.70bn. Investors cut both the gross longs and shorts

CFTC Sentiment vs Exchange Rate

January 24 2017 Bias Ex RateTrend Position $ mln Weekly Change
CAD bullish positive 192 610
AUD bullish negative 780 414
EUR bearish positive -7021 1881
GBP bearish positive -4945 189
CHF bearish positive -1704 4
JPY bearish negative -7425 1202
    Total -20123  

commitment of traders net long short

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Monday, 30 Jan, 2017 / 11:24

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