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AUD: Big short-squeeze – ING

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ING analysts note that according to CFTC data for the week, 30 October – 05 November, the three pro-cyclical currencies (CAD, AUD, and NZD) all saw some speculative longs added/shorts removed, with the Aussie dollar leading the pack,

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“AUD net positions saw a change of +9.7% of open interest (from -26% to -17%). Such variation is consistent with the positive week for AUD in the spot market (+0.4%) and is likely the consequence of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s upbeat tone at the 5 November meeting, that fuelled expectations of a more extended pause in the Bank’s easing cycle.”

“Elsewhere, the short-squeezing in NZD was more marginal (+4%), which leaves the net positioning still deep into a short territory (-52% of open interest, the biggest G10 short). The speculative market still appears quite reluctant to bet on a risk-on-fuelled rebound in NZD, which is likely due to the uncertainty around the RBNZ monetary policy path. Markets are currently pricing in a 60% probability that the Bank will cut rates this Wednesday but (as highlighted in our preview: “One more cut from New Zealand’s central bank?”) we lean slightly in favor of a hold, which may prompt a more sizeable squaring in NZD shorts.”

“The third commodity currency, CAD, continues to see net long speculative positions being added (now piling up to 28% of open interest, the biggest long in G10), quite surprisingly given that the reference period covers the Bank of Canada meeting (30 Oct), that was universally seen as a dovish tilt in the Bank’s neutral policy stance.”

“According to such dynamic, we would not be surprised to see CAD positioning holding up fairly well even in next week’s CFTC report, that will cover the disappointing Canadian payrolls released last Friday.”

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