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Forex trading crowds continue selling the US Dollar (ticker: USDOLLAR) as the currency sets multi-month peaks. We use crowd sentiment as a contrarian indicator and expect that the USD could further strengthen through the end of 2011.

We expect that the US Dollar could hit fresh peaks into Friday’s close. Yet fresh USD long positions (EURUSD, GBPUSD shorts) look a bit risky as the risk of short-term correction is quite high. We expect limited volatility into the final two weeks of the year, and as such the USD may actually consolidate through the foreseeable future.

Speculators quite often close positions into the illiquid final weeks of the year and start of the New Year. According to most recent FX Options and Futures data, speculators were heavily net-long the USD. We could see the Greenback slump if leveraged traders cover their long positions.

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--- Written by David Rodriguez, Quantitative Strategist for

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