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US Dollar May Weaken on one-sided Retail and Professional Sentiment

US Dollar May Weaken on one-sided Retail and Professional Sentiment

2012-06-21 11:15:00
David Rodriguez, Head of Product

EURUSDEuro Strength Likely as US Dollar Corrects Lower

GBPUSDBritish Pound Forecast to Trade Softly Higher Through June

USDJPYJapanese Yen Outlook Unclear as Technical Patterns Warn of Reversal

USDCHFSwiss Franc Expected to Strengthen Modestly versus USD

USDCADCanadian Dollar May Rally Further versus US Dollar

GBPJPYBritish Pound Outlook Unclear versus Japanese Yen

ssi_table_story_1_body_Picture_11.png, US Dollar May Weaken on one-sided Retail and Professional Sentimentssi_table_story_1_body_Picture_12.png, US Dollar May Weaken on one-sided Retail and Professional Sentiment

Retail forex trading crowds remain net-short the Euro against the US Dollar (ticker: USDOLLAR), and consistently bearish retail sentiment gives contrarian signal that the pair may continue to press to fresh highs.

CFTC Commitment of Traders data shows that large speculative futures traders recently became their most net-long US Dollars against the Euro and Australian Dollar on record, and short-term corrections (EURUSD, AUDUSD rallies) seem natural. This was especially visible ahead of critical Greek elections as it became clear that sophisticated traders were positioned for the worst on the Greek political and fiscal crises. Continued turmoil in Europe benefitted the safe-haven US Dollar as global investors exited risky asset classes. Yet a temporary lull in tensions leaves scope for further short-term Euro rallies within the much larger downtrend.

Professional trader positioning gives relatively clear warning that the US Dollar could continue to pull back across the board. Yet timing trades on CFTC Commitment of Traders futures data is especially difficult since the information is released only once per week and on a delay. Our proprietary retail forex speculator-based Speculative Sentiment Index (SSI) shows that smaller traders continue to buy US Dollars against the Euro and other major counterparts. We most often use this as a contrarian indicator—if the crowd is short USD we most often want to be long.

The combination of extremely one-sided professional sentiment and similarly extreme retail trader sentiment gives us reason to expect further EURUSD strength through near-term trading. Yet the broader trend remains clear, and our longer-term preference remains to sell into important Euro gains/buy into US Dollar declines.

How do we interpret and trade with the SSI? Watch an FXCM Expo Presentation that explains the SSI.

--- Written by David Rodriguez, Quantitative Strategist for

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