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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

21 Jul 2017

Speculators sour on U.S. dollar, yen shorts press on: CFTC, Reuters

NEW YORK Speculators' bets on the U.S. dollar swung to a net short for the first time in more than a year, according to calculations by Reuters and Commodity Futures Trading Commission data released on Friday.

19 Jul 2017

U.S. stock options attractive as earnings reports roll in

NEW YORK The U.S. equity options market is pricing in uncharacteristically low stock market gyrations in the early days of second quarter corporate earnings reports, offering attractive opportunities for investors, market analysts said on Wednesday.

14 Jul 2017

Speculators trim net long U.S. dollar bets, up yen short bets: CFTC, Reuters

NEW YORK Speculators this week slashed net long bets on the U.S. dollar to their lowest since mid-May last year, and boosted Japanese yen net short bets to their largest since mid-March, according to calculations by Reuters and Commodity Futures Trading Commission data released on Friday.

14 Jul 2017

Dollar hit as year-end U.S. rate hike bets cool after weak data

NEW YORK The dollar fell against a basket of major currencies on Friday, after weaker-than-forecast data on consumer prices and retail sales in June raised doubts about U.S. economic growth and whether the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates again in 2017.

14 Jul 2017

Investors bullish on financials ahead of bank earnings

NEW YORK Over the last seven trading days, investors have more than doubled the amount of cash invested in a key financial sector fund, in a bet that second-quarter bank earnings will be robust.

13 Jul 2017

Snap shares draw bullish options bets after slipping below IPO price

NEW YORK Options traders were placing bets this week that shares of Snap Inc were primed for a rebound after slipping below their initial public offering price of $17.

09 Jul 2017

Options traders bet on U.S. steel stocks ahead of tariffs decision

NEW YORK Traders in the options market are betting that shares of U.S. steel makers will get a boost when the U.S. Commerce Department unveils findings from its investigation into cheap steel imports, according to data and analysts on Friday.

30 Jun 2017

U.S. dollar net longs fall to lowest in about a year: CFTC, Reuters

NEW YORK Speculators cut net long positions in the U.S. dollar to the lowest level in nearly a year, according to calculations by Reuters and Commodity Futures Trading Commission data released on Friday.

30 Jun 2017

Fleeting U.S. stock market falls unlikely to derail volatility selling

NEW YORK Thursday's sharp drop in U.S. stock prices highlights the risks taken on by investors who continue to bet that market volatility will remain subdued, but these kinds of shocks to the system, experts say, are unlikely to deter them from a very profitable trade.

27 Jun 2017

AstraZeneca cancer drug trial prompts investors to take options cover

LONDON/NEW YORK Investors in drugmaker AstraZeneca have taken defensive positions in the options market ahead of eagerly awaited results of a major trial of a lung cancer treatment, which are due any day now.

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