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US Dollar in Neutral, GBP/USD The Largest Bull Bet - COT Report

US Dollar in Neutral, GBP/USD The Largest Bull Bet - COT Report

Justin McQueen,

US Dollar, EUR/USD, GBP/USD, COT Report –Analysis

  • USD Contrarian Properties Fade as Short Squeeze Stabilises
  • GBP/USD Remains the Largest Bull Bet
  • Overall Positioning Changes Muted

US Dollar in Neutral, GBP/USD The Largest Bull Bet - COT Report

In the latest CFTC reporting week, the USD short squeeze had begun to stabilise, which has subsequently coincided with the greenback’s outperformance being faded. Alongside this, with the USD in neutral territory, it now holds little contrarian properties to dictate price action. Elsewhere, positioning changes had been muted in the Euro, which saw a slight pullback in net longs by $100mln and with a z-score of 0.44 (over a 3yr lookback), positioning is no longer at extreme levels. Across the commodity currencies (AUD, CAD, NZD), positioning changes had been muted across the board.

The biggest net positioning change had occurred in the Pound, where net longs rose by $485mln, to $2.2bln. The move had largely stemmed from fast money accounts (leveraged funds), which in turn had seen an improvement in spot GBP. While I have previously highlighted that positioning in the Pound is arguably at stretched levels (according to z-score and percentile), it is important to note that positioning in recent years had been largely skewed to the downside due to Brexit uncertainty and thus in light of the improvement in the UK fundamentals, thanks to a fast vaccination program and a plan for unwinding lockdown measures, even a modest net long in the currency would appear excessive. That being said, while the Euro has enjoyed a corrective move higher, I still favour an extended pullback in EUR/GBP.

GBP/USD Bearish
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of clients are net long. of clients are net short.
Change in Longs Shorts OI
Daily 3% -21% -8%
Weekly 51% -38% -3%
What does it mean for price action?
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Weekly FX Positioning

Source: CFTC, DailyFX (Covers up to April 13th, released April 16th)

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US Dollar Positioning

Source: Refinitiv, DailyFX

GBP/USD Positioning

Source: Refinitiv, DailyFX

EUR/USD Positioning

Source: Refinitiv, DailyFX

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