Speculators make Small Adjustments, but Like that Peso

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Speculators in the future market made mostly minor adjustment in the gross positioning in the currencies.  Ten of the 16 gross positions we track were adjusted by less than 3k contracts.  There was only one above 7k.  The bulls added 13.9k contracts, which lifted the gross long position to 112.5k contracts.  It is the most in nearly three years.  The net long position (75k) is the largest among the currency futures, edging out the euro (72.9k contracts).  


Speculators continued to rebuild gross long euro positions.  Adding 1.2k contracts, speculators lifted their gross long holdings to 176.2k contracts.  The record set in mid-April was 186k contracts. The net long position increased primarily because the 6.8k previously sold contracts were bought back.

Speculators trimmed their record large gross short Canadian dollar by covering 6.9k contracts. At 121.9k contracts, though, the gross short position is the largest among the currency futures, and the net short 98.2k contracts is also the largest net short position.   Despite very small gross position adjustments of less than five hundred contracts, it was the first time since late March that the net long Australian dollar position grew.

Gross long currency positions were mostly increased a little.  The two exceptions were sterling and the Canadian dollar.   The yen, sterling and Swiss franc gross short were increased, but they fell for the other five currency futures we track.

Perhaps the holiday had something to do with it, but speculators did not change their positioning in the oil futures very much.  The bulls added about a hundred contracts to the gross longs and the bears bought back 700 contracts previously sold.  The net long position dipped below 700k contracts.

Position adjustment was more significant in the US 10-year note futures.  The bulls took profits on 70.3k contracts, leaving them with a gross long position of 877.5k contracts.  The bears added 34.1k contracts to the gross short position that stood at 619.4k contracts at the end of the reporting week May 30.   These gross position adjustments pushed the net long position down to 258.2k contracts from 362.5k.

30-May        Commitment of Traders
Net  Prior  Gross Long Change Gross Short  Change
Euro 72.9 64.8 176.2 1.2 103.4 -6.8
Yen -52.3 -51.7 43.4 1.5 95.7 2.1
Sterling -29.7 -23.9 45.6 -3.6 75.2 2.2
Swiss Franc -18.5 -19.8 8.7 2.6 27.2 1.3
C$ -98.2 -99.1 23.7 -6.0 121.9 -6.9
A$ 3.1 2.6 43.1 0.3 40.1 -0.2
NZ$ -5.5 -9.2 16.9 2.9 22.4 -0.8
Mexican Peso 75.0 54.3 112.5 13.9 37.5 -6.8
(CFTC, Bloomberg) Speculative positions in 000’s of contracts