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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 July 19th 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.

Weekly Speculator Changes

COT currency market speculator bets were mostly higher this week as six out of the eleven currency markets we cover had higher positioning while the other five markets had lower speculator contracts.

Leading the gains for the currency markets was the Canadian dollar (3,162 contracts) and the British pound sterling (1,839 contracts) while the New Zealand dollar (1,612 contracts), the Japanese yen (773 contracts), the US Dollar Index (715 contracts) and the Brazilian real (270 contracts) also had higher speculator bets for the week.



The currencies leading the declines in speculator bets this week were the Euro (-17,501 contracts) and Mexican peso (-7,522 contracts) with the Swiss franc (-2,188 contracts), the Australian dollar (-1,548 contracts) and Bitcoin (-335 contracts) also registering lower bets on the week.

 

Highlighting the currencies data is the Euro’s continued decline in speculator bets. The Euro’s speculator positioning declined for the third straight week and for the sixth time in the past seven weeks which has taken off a total of -95,017 contracts from the speculator standing in that seven-week period. This decline has quickly taken the Euro speculator contracts from +52,272 contracts on May 31st to a total of -42,745 contracts this week. The EURUSD’s spot price this week had a modest bounce-back following a three-week decline and a dip below parity with the US Dollar last week. The EURUSD currency pair closed the week near the 1.0215 spot exchange rate after gaining by approximately 1.25 percent for the week.

The US Dollar Index speculator bets, meanwhile, rose this week for the first time in the past four weeks and remain near the top of their speculative range. Dollar speculators had taken a total of -6,656 contracts off the bullish position in the previous three weeks and pulled the net bullish position below +40,000 contracts for the first time since June 28th before this week’s small rebound. Speculators have been uber-bullish recently on the dollar and the past four months has seen a strong surge to the upside. Since April, the US Dollar Index price has been higher in twelve out of fifteen weeks and culminated with the highest DXY price in approximately twenty years above 109.00. The dollar strength has been punishing the other major currencies as the Euro and Yen have hit multi-decade lows (versus the USD) with the US Federal Reserve sharply raising interest rates to combat inflation. The Dollar Index spot price cooled off this week by approximately 1.30 percent and closed around the 106.50 exchange rate.


Jul-19-2022 OI OI-Index Spec-Net Spec-Index Com-Net COM-Index Smalls-Net Smalls-Index
USD Index 59,214 87 39,069 90 -41,500 10 2,431 43
EUR 694,106 80 -42,745 22 17,430 81 25,315 16
GBP 228,051 56 -57,250 33 70,299 71 -13,049 29
JPY 229,449 75 -59,225 32 73,082 71 -13,857 25
CHF 41,855 25 -10,912 29 19,205 74 -8,293 29
CAD 142,216 25 6,667 47 -8,746 61 2,079 34
AUD 155,246 49 -43,148 45 49,276 56 -6,128 37
NZD 45,467 35 -3,671 65 7,227 42 -3,556 11
MXN 196,123 47 -30,760 14 27,890 84 2,870 55
RUB 20,930 4 7,543 31 -7,150 69 -393 24
BRL 42,452 30 10,475 61 -11,580 40 1,105 78
Bitcoin 14,512 84 -506 71 -66 0 572 26

 


Strength Scores

Strength Scores (a normalized measure of Speculator positions over a 3-Year range, from 0 to 100 where above 80 is extreme bullish and below 20 is extreme bearish) show that the US Dollar Index (90.1 percent) leads the currency markets once again and remains in a bullish extreme position. Bitcoin (71.1 percent), the New Zealand Dollar (65.1 percent) and the Brazilian Real (60.7 percent) come in as the next highest in strength scores – also for a second straight week. On the downside, the Mexican Peso (14.2 percent) remains the currency with the lowest strength level currently and is followed by the EuroFX (21.9 percent) which is quickly getting more bearish by the week.


Strength Statistics:
US Dollar Index (90.1 percent) vs US Dollar Index previous week (88.9 percent)
EuroFX (21.9 percent) vs EuroFX previous week (27.3 percent)
British Pound Sterling (32.8 percent) vs British Pound Sterling previous week (31.4 percent)
Japanese Yen (32.4 percent) vs Japanese Yen previous week (31.9 percent)
Swiss Franc (28.8 percent) vs Swiss Franc previous week (34.4 percent)
Canadian Dollar (46.8 percent) vs Canadian Dollar previous week (43.3 percent)
Australian Dollar (44.8 percent) vs Australian Dollar previous week (46.3 percent)
New Zealand Dollar (65.1 percent) vs New Zealand Dollar previous week (62.4 percent)
Mexican Peso (14.2 percent) vs Mexican Peso previous week (17.4 percent)
Brazil Real (60.7 percent) vs Brazil Real previous week (60.4 percent)
Russian Ruble (31.2 percent) vs Russian Ruble previous week (31.9 percent)
Bitcoin (71.1 percent) vs Bitcoin previous week (77.2 percent)

Strength Trends

Strength Score Trends (or move index, calculates the 6-week changes in strength scores) show that the New Zealand Dollar (27.0 percent) leads the past six weeks trends for the currency markets this week. The Japanese Yen (20.0 percent) and the Swiss Franc (13.2 percent) fill out the top movers in the trends data. The Brazilian Real (-35.6 percent) leads the downside trend scores currently while the next markets with lower trend scores were the EuroFX (-28.6 percent) followed by the Mexican Peso (-27.1 percent).


Strength Trend Statistics:
US Dollar Index (1.9 percent) vs US Dollar Index previous week (1.4 percent)
EuroFX (-28.6 percent) vs EuroFX previous week (-23.8 percent)
British Pound Sterling (9.8 percent) vs British Pound Sterling previous week (10.8 percent)
Japanese Yen (20.0 percent) vs Japanese Yen previous week (21.2 percent)
Swiss Franc (13.2 percent) vs Swiss Franc previous week (29.7 percent)
Canadian Dollar (8.7 percent) vs Canadian Dollar previous week (11.8 percent)
Australian Dollar (4.4 percent) vs Australian Dollar previous week (6.6 percent)
New Zealand Dollar (27.0 percent) vs New Zealand Dollar previous week (22.6 percent)
Mexican Peso (-27.1 percent) vs Mexican Peso previous week (-25.0 percent)
Brazil Real (-35.6 percent) vs Brazil Real previous week (-34.5 percent)
Russian Ruble (-15.6 percent) vs Russian Ruble previous week (9.1 percent)
Bitcoin (-18.1 percent) vs Bitcoin previous week (-10.4 percent)


Individual Market Charts:

US Dollar Index Futures:

US Dollar Index Forex Futures COT ChartThe US Dollar Index large speculator standing this week rose to a net position of 39,069 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly advance by 715 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 38,354 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 90.1 percent. The commercials are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 9.9 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 43.1 percent.

US DOLLAR INDEX Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 84.8 4.9 8.6
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 18.9 74.9 4.5
– Net Position: 39,069 -41,500 2,431
– Gross Longs: 50,234 2,873 5,069
– Gross Shorts: 11,165 44,373 2,638
– Long to Short Ratio: 4.5 to 1 0.1 to 1 1.9 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 90.1 9.9 43.1
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 1.9 0.6 -16.3

 


Euro Currency Futures:

Euro Currency Futures COT ChartThe Euro Currency large speculator standing this week was a net position of -42,745 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a sharp weekly drop of -17,501 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -25,244 net contracts.

The 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 21.9 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 81.0 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 16.3 percent.

EURO Currency Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 28.2 57.3 11.9
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 34.4 54.8 8.3
– Net Position: -42,745 17,430 25,315
– Gross Longs: 195,875 397,991 82,676
– Gross Shorts: 238,620 380,561 57,361
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.8 to 1 1.0 to 1 1.4 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 21.9 81.0 16.3
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish-Extreme Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -28.6 30.0 -20.4

 


British Pound Sterling Futures:

British Pound Sterling Futures COT ChartThe British Pound Sterling large speculator standing this week totaled a net position of -57,250 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly gain of 1,839 contracts from last  week’s total of -59,089 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 32.8 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 71.3 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 28.6 percent.

BRITISH POUND Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 14.0 74.6 8.7
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 39.1 43.7 14.4
– Net Position: -57,250 70,299 -13,049
– Gross Longs: 31,943 170,053 19,882
– Gross Shorts: 89,193 99,754 32,931
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.4 to 1 1.7 to 1 0.6 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 32.8 71.3 28.6
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 9.8 -6.0 -7.0

 


Japanese Yen Futures:

Japanese Yen Forex Futures COT ChartThe Japanese Yen large speculator standing this week was a net position of -59,225 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly rise of 773 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -59,998 net contracts.

The 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 32.4 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 71.3 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 25.3 percent.

JAPANESE YEN Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 18.7 69.0 10.7
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 44.5 37.2 16.7
– Net Position: -59,225 73,082 -13,857
– Gross Longs: 42,880 158,427 24,496
– Gross Shorts: 102,105 85,345 38,353
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.4 to 1 1.9 to 1 0.6 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 32.4 71.3 25.3
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 20.0 -17.6 7.3

 


Swiss Franc Futures:

The Swiss Franc large speculator standing this week totaled a net position of -10,912 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decline of -2,188 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -8,724 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 28.8 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 74.1 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 29.5 percent.

SWISS FRANC Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 16.6 59.7 23.5
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 42.7 13.9 43.3
– Net Position: -10,912 19,205 -8,293
– Gross Longs: 6,948 25,008 9,819
– Gross Shorts: 17,860 5,803 18,112
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.4 to 1 4.3 to 1 0.5 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 28.8 74.1 29.5
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 13.2 -12.8 9.5

 


Canadian Dollar Futures:

Canadian Dollar Forex Futures COT ChartThe Canadian Dollar large speculator standing this week was a net position of 6,667 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly gain of 3,162 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 3,505 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 46.8 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 61.4 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 34.3 percent.

CANADIAN DOLLAR Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 29.6 47.1 22.1
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 24.9 53.3 20.6
– Net Position: 6,667 -8,746 2,079
– Gross Longs: 42,040 67,038 31,391
– Gross Shorts: 35,373 75,784 29,312
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.2 to 1 0.9 to 1 1.1 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 46.8 61.4 34.3
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 8.7 3.9 -24.9

 


Australian Dollar Futures:

Australian Dollar Forex Futures COT ChartThe Australian Dollar large speculator standing this week was a net position of -43,148 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly lowering of -1,548 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -41,600 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 44.8 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 55.6 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 37.5 percent.

AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 19.7 66.0 11.2
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 47.5 34.3 15.2
– Net Position: -43,148 49,276 -6,128
– Gross Longs: 30,578 102,518 17,420
– Gross Shorts: 73,726 53,242 23,548
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.4 to 1 1.9 to 1 0.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 44.8 55.6 37.5
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 4.4 1.4 -16.1

 


New Zealand Dollar Futures:

New Zealand Dollar Forex Futures COT ChartThe New Zealand Dollar large speculator standing this week was a net position of -3,671 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly increase of 1,612 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -5,283 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 65.1 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 41.5 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish-Extreme with a score of 10.8 percent.

NEW ZEALAND DOLLAR Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 34.7 59.2 5.4
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 42.8 43.3 13.2
– Net Position: -3,671 7,227 -3,556
– Gross Longs: 15,791 26,905 2,444
– Gross Shorts: 19,462 19,678 6,000
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.8 to 1 1.4 to 1 0.4 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 65.1 41.5 10.8
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bearish-Extreme
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: 27.0 -23.8 -7.4

 


Mexican Peso Futures:

Mexican Peso Futures COT ChartThe Mexican Peso large speculator standing this week was a net position of -30,760 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decrease of -7,522 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -23,238 net contracts.

The 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 14.2 percent. The commercials are Bullish-Extreme with a score of 84.4 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 55.2 percent.

MEXICAN PESO Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 50.0 46.6 3.0
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 65.6 32.4 1.6
– Net Position: -30,760 27,890 2,870
– Gross Longs: 97,965 91,458 5,972
– Gross Shorts: 128,725 63,568 3,102
– Long to Short Ratio: 0.8 to 1 1.4 to 1 1.9 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 14.2 84.4 55.2
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bearish-Extreme Bullish-Extreme Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -27.1 27.5 -10.7

 


Brazilian Real Futures:

Brazil Real Futures COT ChartThe Brazilian Real large speculator standing this week reached a net position of 10,475 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly advance of 270 contracts from the previous week which had a total of 10,205 net contracts.

The 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 60.7 percent. The commercials are Bearish with a score of 40.0 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bullish with a score of 77.7 percent.

BRAZIL REAL Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 48.5 43.7 7.3
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 23.9 71.0 4.7
– Net Position: 10,475 -11,580 1,105
– Gross Longs: 20,600 18,569 3,092
– Gross Shorts: 10,125 30,149 1,987
– Long to Short Ratio: 2.0 to 1 0.6 to 1 1.6 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 60.7 40.0 77.7
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bearish Bullish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -35.6 36.5 -13.4

 


Bitcoin Futures:

Bitcoin Crypto Futures COT ChartThe Bitcoin large speculator standing this week was a net position of -506 contracts in the data reported through Tuesday. This was a weekly decline of -335 contracts from the previous week which had a total of -171 net contracts.

The 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 71.1 percent. The commercials are Bullish with a score of 53.9 percent and the small traders (not shown in chart) are Bearish with a score of 25.9 percent.

BITCOIN Statistics SPECULATORS COMMERCIALS SMALL TRADERS
– Percent of Open Interest Longs: 75.2 3.5 9.4
– Percent of Open Interest Shorts: 78.7 4.0 5.4
– Net Position: -506 -66 572
– Gross Longs: 10,909 514 1,360
– Gross Shorts: 11,415 580 788
– Long to Short Ratio: 1.0 to 1 0.9 to 1 1.7 to 1
NET POSITION TREND:
– Strength Index Score (3 Year Range Pct): 71.1 53.9 25.9
– Strength Index Reading (3 Year Range): Bullish Bullish Bearish
NET POSITION MOVEMENT INDEX:
– 6-Week Change in Strength Index: -18.1 26.9 12.1

 


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