October 11, 2019 / 8:07 PM / a month ago

Speculators increase long dollar bets to 15-week high - CFTC, Reuters

    By Kate Duguid
    NEW YORK, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Speculators boosted their net
long bets on the U.S. dollar in the latest week to the highest
in 15 weeks, according to calculations by Reuters and Commodity
Futures Trading Commission data released on Friday.
    The value of the net long dollar position was $18.78 billion
in the week ended Oct. 1. The net long dollar position had stood
at $17.8 billion last week.
    To be long a currency means traders believe it will rise in
value, while being short points to a bearish bias. U.S. dollar
positioning was derived from net contracts of International
Monetary Market speculators in the Japanese yen, euro, British
pound, Swiss franc and Canadian and Australian dollars.
    In a wider measure of dollar positioning that
includes net contracts on the New Zealand dollar, Mexican peso,
Brazilian real and Russian ruble, the U.S. dollar posted a net
long position valued at $18.28 billion, up from $17.49 billion a
week earlier.
    
    Japanese Yen (Contracts of 12,500,000 yen) 
 Net dollar short by $-1.286 billion 
         08 Oct 2019            Prior week
         week             
 Long             52,803            57,893
 Short            41,791            43,976
 Net              11,012            13,917
 
EURO (Contracts of 125,000 euros)
 Net dollar long by $10.326 billion
         08 Oct 2019            Prior week
         week             
 Long            162,777           172,258
 Short           238,190           238,236
 Net             -75,413           -65,978
 
POUND STERLING (Contracts of 62,500 pounds sterling)
 Net dollar long by $5.591 billion
         08 Oct 2019           Prior week
         week             
 Long             29,482           27,916
 Short           102,701          105,008
 Net             -73,219          -77,092
 
SWISS FRANC (Contracts of 125,000 Swiss francs)
 Net dollar long by $1.391 billion
         08 Oct 2019           Prior week
         week             
 Long             15,252           18,245
 Short            26,299           29,780
 Net             -11,047          -11,535
 
CANADIAN DOLLAR (Contracts of 100,000 Canadian dollars)
 Net dollar short by $-0.399 billion
         08 Oct 2019           Prior week
         week             
 Long             49,071           46,303
 Short            43,758           39,976
 Net               5,313            6,327
 
AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR (Contracts of 100,000 Aussie dollars)
 Net dollar long by $3.158 billion 
         08 Oct 2019           Prior week
         week             
 Long             43,328           46,909
 Short            90,272           99,211
 Net             -46,944          -52,302
 
MEXICAN PESO (Contracts of 500,000 pesos)
 Net dollar short by $2.94 billion
         08 Oct 2019           Prior week
         week             
 Long            159,694          162,307
 Short            44,298           46,495
 Net             115,396          115,812
 
NEW ZEALAND DOLLAR (Contracts of 100,000 New Zealand dollars)
 Net dollar long by $2.406 billion 
         08 Oct 2019           Prior week
         week             
 Long             14,377           16,114
 Short            52,594           58,588
 Net             -38,217          -42,474
 


 (Reporting by Kate Duguid, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)
  
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