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EUR/USD Shorts Unwind, US Dollar Bears Favour USD/JPY Weakness - COT Report

EUR/USD Shorts Unwind, US Dollar Bears Favour USD/JPY Weakness - COT Report

Justin McQueen, Strategist

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

  • EUR/USD Net Longs Highest Since June 2018
  • Investors Increasingly Bearish on the US Dollar
  • USD/JPY Eyes Lower Levels

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Source: CFTC, DailyFX (Covers up to Mar 31st, released Apr 3rd)

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EUR/USD Shorts Unwind, US Dollar Shorts Favour USD/JPY Weakness - COT Report

At the end of March, the CFTC highlighted that the build-up in US Dollar bearish positioning to $9bln had been led by a sizeable increase ($1.9bln) in Euro net longs. Subsequently, this marks the largest bullish bet on the Euro since June 2018. However, much of the increase in net longs in the Euro has been largely driven by a short squeeze as opposed to investors taking up fresh longs. Therefore, with the potential for renewed volatility given the vulnerability in risk sentiment, risks are asymmetrically tilted to the upside for the greenback in the short term.

Net longs on the Japanese Yen were cut by $550mln as the safe-haven currency had been dampened by the pick up in equity markets, while the Japanese fiscal year-end had also placed pressure on the currency. That said, we still see risks skewed to the downside for USD/JPY with easing dollar shortage concerns paving the way for lower levels in the pair.

Elsewhere, non-commericals slightly reduced their bearish bets in the Canadian Dollar by $460mln amid a pullback in gross shorts. However, with low oil continuing to plague the Canadian Dollar economy, weakness against the US Dollar and Japanese Yen looks set to continue. Meanwhile, GBP/USD net longs had been cut back with the recovery in the pair capped at 1.2500.

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US Dollar | Net Shorts Building Up

EUR/USD | Shorts Aggressively Unwind

GBP/USD | Net Longs Ease

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USD/JPY | Lower Levels Eyed After Month-End

USD/CHF | SNB Continues to Intervene

USD/CAD | Canadian Dollar at Risk From Oil Exposure

AUD/USD | Sentiment Deteriorates Further

NZD/USD | Most Shorted G10 Currency

For a more in-depth analysis on FX, check out the FX Forecast

--- Written by Justin McQueen, Market Analyst

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