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Lot less covering of EUR shorts in the wake of the ECB meeting - Westpac

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    FXStreet_Team Well-Known Member Trader

    Oct 7, 2015
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    FXStreet (Delhi) - Sean Callow, Research Analyst at Westpac, notes that the Friday’s CFTC Commitment of Traders report showed a lot less covering of EUR shorts than seemed likely in the wake of the ECB meeting which disappointed so many investors.

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    “Leveraged funds reduced their net shorts only from -156.7k contracts to -139.4k. This is still a face value of –EUR17.4bn. This snapshot is taken as at the NY close on 8 Dec, when EURUSD was around 1.09 so some further short-covering will have occurred since then. Leveraged funds trimmed their AUD shorts again, from -12.9k to -5.2k, the closest to square since Oct 2014. Specs’ yen shorts increased slightly over the week to -83k.”

    “Spot USD/CNY closed higher for the sixth straight day, at 6.4553, with nervousness over yuan depreciation reinforced by the CFETS announcement that they would launch a trade-weighted CNY. Both spot and 12mth USD/CNY NDFs are comfortably above the August highs so nervousness is high to start the week. USD/majors weakened a little while spot yuan was closed but recently this hasn’t mattered much. Most likely the USD/CNY fixing will be in the 6.4520-40 area, a long way north of Friday’s 6.4358 and keeping CNY and CNH under pressure from the open.”
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