CFTC Weekly Options Update: Specs Momentum Trade Unwinding As Flatter Curve Is Sought After Shape
Looking at the CFTC Commitment of Traders data for the past week confirms that the momentum unwind continues. In Treasury's net spec positions in both the 2 and 5 Year tumbled (from -11,125 to -35,142, and from 152,782 to 102,885 respectively) even as bets that prices on the 10 Year would jump almost doubled (from 58,661 to 97,346). After chasing curve steepening, specs are now going all in on a major 2-10 flattening. The same thing is evident in commodities, where spec bets on five key categories all declined week over week. Lastly, the unwind in dollar shorts, and everything else longs is accelerating: dollar net spec increase from 6,315 to 10,827 as all other FX (except the GBP) saw spec bullish interest decline.
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