The latest data for the weekly Commitment of Traders (COT) report, released by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Friday, showed that large traders and currency speculators continued to decrease their bullish bets for the US dollar last week.
Non-commercial large futures traders, including hedge funds and large speculators, had an overall US dollar long position totaling $14.99 billion as of Tuesday February 14th, according to the latest data from the CFTC and dollar amount calculations by Reuters. This was a weekly decline of $-2.08 billion from the $17.07 billion total long position that was registered the previous week, according to the Reuters calculation (totals of the US dollar contracts against the combined contracts of the euro, British pound, Japanese yen, Australian dollar, Canadian dollar and the Swiss franc).
Speculators have now reduced their US dollar bullish positions for a sixth consecutive week and to the lowest level since October 11th when the net position equaled $14.72 billion. The dollar position is now under the +$20 billion threshold for a third week in a row after previously remaining above this level for thirteen straight weeks through January 24th.
Weekly Speculator Individual Currency Contract Changes:
The major currencies that improved against the US dollar last week were the Japanese yen (3,776 weekly change in contracts), Swiss franc (3,137 contracts), Canadian dollar (10,790 contracts), Australian dollar (7,470 contracts) and the New Zealand dollar (1,031 contracts).
The currencies whose speculative bets declined last week versus the dollar were the euro (-1,813 weekly change in contracts), British pound sterling (-989 contracts) and the Mexican peso (-1,725 contracts).