Large Currency Speculators increased bets net short British Pound ahead of BREXIT, latest CFTC data shows…

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Large Currency Speculators increased bets net short British Pound ahead of BREXIT, latest CFTC data shows…


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2016 06 28 BP

(Commitments of Traders Data)

Large Currency Speculators increased bets net short British Pound ahead of BREXIT, latest CFTC data shows…

The latest CFTC data (released Friday June 24th) shows Large Specs had increased bets net short British Pound by over 25% ahead of last week’s historic vote.  Also important to note is that over the same period Large Specs nearly doubled net long US dollar positions.

Significant percent change moves highlight one of the main goals of this report; which is to keep an eye on what large speculators have been doing over the longer term with their positions, with the assumption that large speculators are positioning in the direction of the longer term trend.

Due to the delayed dissemination of this information, this information should in no way be considered in any way as a trade recommendation or advice.

Highlighted Currency, net position and % change

Net Longs                                            Net Shorts

DX +9k, +99%                                     EU -61, +8%

JY +52k, -6%                                       BP -46k, -26%

The most recent Commitments of Traders data shows some significant percentage changes in non-commercial futures only net positions from the prior week including the following:

A huge 85.93% decrease from 18,440 to 2,595 contracts net long of the Canadian dollar, which represents 13.41% of open interest;

A prophetic 26.97% increase from 36,661 to 46,547 contracts net short of the British Pound, which represents 4.96% of open interest;

A holding 6.09% decrease from 55,690 to 52,296 contracts long of the Japanese Yen, which represents 12.35% of open interest;

A building 8.60 % increase from 56,489 to 61,346 contracts net short of the Euro, which represents 1.53% of open interest;

A minor 3.91% increase from 6,778 to 7043 contracts short of the Australian dollar, which represents 0.34% of open interest;

A nearly doubling 99.96% increase from long 4,692 to long 9,372 contracts of the US Dollar Index, which represents 9.24% of open interest;


For those interested in Stock Index Futures, over the same period large speculators trimmed net longs from 118,195 to 54,820 contracts, 53.62% representing 2.28% of open interest.

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