COT Currency Speculators boost Australian Dollar bets to best level in 37-weeks

April 9, 2022

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Currency Futures Open Interest Comparison

Here are the latest charts and statistics for the Commitment of Traders (COT) data published by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

The latest COT data is updated through Tuesday April 5th and shows a quick view of how large traders (for-profit speculators and commercial entities) were positioned in the futures markets. All currency positions are in direct relation to the US dollar where, for example, a bet for the euro is a bet that the euro will rise versus the dollar while a bet against the euro will be a bet that the euro will decline versus the dollar.

Highlighting the COT currency data was the further retreat of bearish bets in the Australian currency futures contracts. Australian dollar speculators reduced their bearish bets for a second straight week this week and for the sixth time in the past seven weeks. Over this seven-week time-frame, Aussie bets have improved by a total of +49,181 contracts, going from -86,694 net positions on February 15th to -37,513 net positions this week. This improvement in speculator sentiment has brought the current net position (-37,513 contracts) to the least bearish level of the past thirty-seven weeks, dating back to July 20th when the net position totaled -35,690 contracts. The speculator level for the Aussie has not registered a bullish or positive net weekly position since May 18th of 2021, a span of forty-seven weeks. Despite the bearish level of speculators, the AUD has been one of the stronger currencies over the past month and has been helped along by the outlook that the Reserve Bank of Australia will start to raise interest rates for the first time since 2010.

The currencies with higher speculator bets this week were the US Dollar Index (911 contracts), Australian dollar (12,093 contracts), Mexican peso (9,157 contracts), Euro (5,996 contracts), Brazil real (2,910 contracts), Canadian dollar (8,458 contracts) and Bitcoin (27 contracts).

The currencies with declining bets were the Japanese yen (-1,698 contracts), Swiss franc (-814 contracts), British pound sterling (-1,688 contracts), New Zealand dollar (-702 contracts) and the Russian ruble (-263 contracts).


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Currency COT Data - Strength Index DataSpeculator strength standings for each currency where strength index is current net position compared to past three years, above 80 is bullish extreme, below 20 is bearish extreme

OI Strength = Current Open Interest level compared to last 3 years range
Spec Strength = Current Net Speculator level compared to last 3 years range
Strength Move = Six week change of Spec Strength


Data Snapshot of Forex Market Traders | Columns Legend
Apr-05-2022 OI OI-Index Spec-Net Spec-Index Com-Net COM-Index Smalls-Net Smalls-Index
USD Index 49,049 65 31,852 81 -35,194 16 3,342 53
EUR 663,589 67 27,370 43 -49,617 62 22,247 11
GBP 238,266 63 -41,758 44 57,779 64 -16,021 22
JPY 242,217 83 -103,829 2 125,224 98 -21,395 10
CHF 40,005 14 -12,393 48 20,743 54 -8,350 39
CAD 157,562 35 6,923 54 -30,414 38 23,491 77
AUD 148,898 44 -37,513 50 22,332 36 15,181 89
NZD 35,788 16 -1,569 69 171 31 1,398 68
MXN 172,712 36 910 28 -5,778 70 4,868 64
RUB 20,930 4 7,543 31 -7,150 69 -393 24
BRL 65,870 61 45,526 95 -47,961 4 2,435 93
Bitcoin 11,374 61 -244 89 -397 0 641 28

 


US Dollar Index Futures:

US Dollar Index Forex Futures COT ChartThe US Dollar Index large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of 31,852 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly boost of 911 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 30,941 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bullish-Extreme with a score of 80.7 percent. The commercials are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 16.1 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 53.1 percent.

US DOLLAR INDEX Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 83.7 2.9 10.7
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 18.7 74.6 3.9
– Net Position: 31,852 -35,194 3,342
– Gross Longs: 41,038 1,417 5,243
– Gross Shorts: 9,186 36,611 1,901
– Long to Short Ratio: 4.5 to 1 0.0 to 1 2.8 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 80.7 16.1 53.1
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -7.3 10.3 -21.2

 


Euro Currency Futures:

Euro Currency Futures COT ChartThe Euro Currency large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of 27,370 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly boost of 5,996 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 21,374 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish with a score of 43.4 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 61.7 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 11.3 percent.

EURO Currency Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 31.8 53.8 11.7
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 27.7 61.3 8.4
– Net Position: 27,370 -49,617 22,247
– Gross Longs: 210,914 357,140 77,946
– Gross Shorts: 183,544 406,757 55,699
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.1 to 1 0.9 to 1 1.4 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 43.4 61.7 11.3
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -9.8 13.7 -27.3

 


British Pound Sterling Futures:

British Pound Sterling Futures COT ChartThe British Pound Sterling large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of -41,758 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lowering of -1,688 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -40,070 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish with a score of 43.9 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 63.9 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 22.4 percent.

BRITISH POUND Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 15.1 73.6 8.4
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 32.6 49.4 15.1
– Net Position: -41,758 57,779 -16,021
– Gross Longs: 35,873 175,429 19,923
– Gross Shorts: 77,631 117,650 35,944
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.5 to 1 1.5 to 1 0.6 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 43.9 63.9 22.4
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -25.9 28.2 -24.4

 


Japanese Yen Futures:

Japanese Yen Forex Futures COT ChartThe Japanese Yen large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of -103,829 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly reduction of -1,698 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -102,131 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish-Extreme with a score of 2.4 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 98.4 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 10.0 percent.

JAPANESE YEN Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 6.0 84.7 7.9
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 48.9 33.0 16.8
– Net Position: -103,829 125,224 -21,395
– Gross Longs: 14,583 205,209 19,190
– Gross Shorts: 118,412 79,985 40,585
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.1 to 1 2.6 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 2.4 98.4 10.0
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish-Extreme Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -25.7 21.2 -4.3

 


Swiss Franc Futures:

Swiss Franc Forex Futures COT ChartThe Swiss Franc large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of -12,393 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly reduction of -814 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -11,579 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish with a score of 48.3 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 54.2 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 38.8 percent.

SWISS FRANC Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 4.6 73.5 21.7
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 35.6 21.6 42.6
– Net Position: -12,393 20,743 -8,350
– Gross Longs: 1,860 29,392 8,694
– Gross Shorts: 14,253 8,649 17,044
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.1 to 1 3.4 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 48.3 54.2 38.8
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -2.5 1.8 -0.7

 


Canadian Dollar Futures:

Canadian Dollar Forex Futures COT ChartThe Canadian Dollar large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of 6,923 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly increase of 8,458 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -1,535 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bullish with a score of 54.4 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 37.6 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 76.6 percent.

CANADIAN DOLLAR Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 23.7 49.4 26.0
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 19.3 68.7 11.1
– Net Position: 6,923 -30,414 23,491
– Gross Longs: 37,325 77,906 40,906
– Gross Shorts: 30,402 108,320 17,415
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.2 to 1 0.7 to 1 2.3 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 54.4 37.6 76.6
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -2.3 -11.7 37.0

 


Australian Dollar Futures:

Australian Dollar Forex Futures COT ChartThe Australian Dollar large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of -37,513 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly advance of 12,093 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -49,606 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bullish with a score of 50.1 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 35.5 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 89.5 percent.

AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 23.4 53.9 21.7
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 48.6 38.9 11.5
– Net Position: -37,513 22,332 15,181
– Gross Longs: 34,871 80,207 32,313
– Gross Shorts: 72,384 57,875 17,132
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.5 to 1 1.4 to 1 1.9 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 50.1 35.5 89.5
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bullish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 43.2 -55.1 66.3

 


New Zealand Dollar Futures:

New Zealand Dollar Forex Futures COT ChartThe New Zealand Dollar large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of -1,569 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decline of -702 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -867 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bullish with a score of 68.6 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 30.7 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 67.8 percent.

NEW ZEALAND DOLLAR Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 43.1 44.3 12.0
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 47.5 43.8 8.1
– Net Position: -1,569 171 1,398
– Gross Longs: 15,428 15,863 4,311
– Gross Shorts: 16,997 15,692 2,913
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.9 to 1 1.0 to 1 1.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 68.6 30.7 67.8
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 16.7 -21.2 43.0

 


Mexican Peso Futures:

Mexican Peso Futures COT ChartThe Mexican Peso large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of 910 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly advance of 9,157 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -8,247 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish with a score of 27.7 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 70.4 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 63.7 percent.

MEXICAN PESO Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 45.6 49.6 4.5
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 45.1 53.0 1.6
– Net Position: 910 -5,778 4,868
– Gross Longs: 78,728 85,690 7,698
– Gross Shorts: 77,818 91,468 2,830
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.0 to 1 0.9 to 1 2.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 27.7 70.4 63.7
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -6.8 6.4 2.8

 


Brazilian Real Futures:

Brazil Real Futures COT ChartThe Brazilian Real large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of 45,526 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lift of 2,910 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 42,616 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bullish-Extreme with a score of 95.1 percent. The commercials are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 4.5 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 93.3 percent.

BRAZIL REAL Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 76.7 16.4 6.6
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 7.6 89.2 2.9
– Net Position: 45,526 -47,961 2,435
– Gross Longs: 50,518 10,795 4,319
– Gross Shorts: 4,992 58,756 1,884
– Long to Short Ratio: 10.1 to 1 0.2 to 1 2.3 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 95.1 4.5 93.3
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme Bullish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 20.7 -20.4 -2.4

 


Russian Ruble Futures:

Russian Ruble Futures COT ChartThe Russian Ruble large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of 7,543 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly fall of -263 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 7,806 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bearish with a score of 31.2 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 69.1 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 23.9 percent.

RUSSIAN RUBLE Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 36.6 60.6 2.8
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 0.5 94.7 4.7
– Net Position: 7,543 -7,150 -393
– Gross Longs: 7,658 12,679 593
– Gross Shorts: 115 19,829 986
– Long to Short Ratio: 66.6 to 1 0.6 to 1 0.6 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 31.2 69.1 23.9
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -15.6 16.7 -18.8

 


Bitcoin Futures:

Bitcoin Crypto Futures COT ChartThe Bitcoin large speculator standing this week recorded a net position of -244 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lift of 27 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -271 net contracts.

This week’s current strength score (the trader positioning range over the past three years, measured from 0 to 100) shows the speculators are currently Bullish-Extreme with a score of 89.1 percent. The commercials are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 9.6 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 27.5 percent.

BITCOIN Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 77.5 3.8 11.6
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 79.6 7.3 6.0
– Net Position: -244 -397 641
– Gross Longs: 8,811 437 1,322
– Gross Shorts: 9,055 834 681
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.0 to 1 0.5 to 1 1.9 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 89.1 9.6 27.5
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 0.8 -11.3 2.3

 


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