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US Dollar Flips Net Long, CAD, AUD & GBP See Large Sellers - COT Report

US Dollar Flips Net Long, CAD, AUD & GBP See Large Sellers - COT Report

Justin McQueen, Strategist

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

  • US Dollar Flips Net Long
  • CAD,AUD, GBP Sold on Risk Reduction

US Dollar Flips Net Long, CAD, AUD & GBP See Large Sellers

In the most recent CFTC report, sentiment in the USD has flipped net long for the first time since March 2020. The shift had arguably been a long time coming, given various reflation trades had peaked in the months prior while a hawkish Federal Reserve had also aided the upside in the greenback. The past week saw a wave of USD buying ($4.4bln) in response to the deterioration in risk sentiment with the bulk of the move against the Euro.

Across the commodity currencies, the Canadian Dollar had been hardest hit with net long positioning halved, prompting USD/CAD to tag the 1.2800 handle. That being said, with positioning no longer stretched, the CAD is beginning to look more attractive from a value standpoint. Elsewhere, the Aussie had also come under pressure with another $500mln added to net shorts. Although, with lockdown and Delta virus concerns well priced into the currency, prospects for the Aussie may start to improve with the upcoming CPI data perhaps the catalyst to spark some life into the currency. However, I am cognisant of the recent turbulence across Chinese markets that have capped upside in the Aussie.

Elsewhere, the Pound had been another currency to feel the brunt of a reduction in risk markets, piercing its 200DMA having flipped net short. Although, with positioning now not an issue and with the spread of the Delta variant starting to make a turn for the better, my view on the currency is on the positive side as we head into the BoE meeting.

Weekly FX Positioning

US Dollar Flips Net Long, CAD, AUD & GBP See Large Sellers - COT Report

Source: CFTC, DailyFX (Covers up to July 20th, released July 23rd)

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US Dollar Positioning

US Dollar Flips Net Long, CAD, AUD & GBP See Large Sellers - COT Report

Source: Refinitiv, DailyFX

GBP/USD Positioning

US Dollar Flips Net Long, CAD, AUD & GBP See Large Sellers - COT Report

Source: Refinitiv, DailyFX

USD/CAD Positioning

US Dollar Flips Net Long, CAD, AUD & GBP See Large Sellers - COT Report

Source: Refinitiv, DailyFX

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