Despite expectations elsewhere that speculators may be unwind their Euro short exposure, the CFTC's Commitments of Traders report indicated that for the week ended February 23, futures only speculative shorts hit an absolute all time record of -71, 623, an increase in net short exposure of over 12k compared to the Feb 16 position of -59,422, a massive 20% week over week increase. Another observation: the fans of the JPY are declining materially, with net longs collapsing by 12,195 positions, to just above breakeven, at 1,717. The GBP was the second most hated currency in the past week, with a net positioning of -64,647, an increase in net shorts of 5,409 weekly. The only currencies, which saw net long positions were the AUD (+11,989 to 38,992 and the CAD 4,996 to 28,421), and, of course, the dollar, whose aggregate positioning in nominal terms increased by 20%: from $8.14 billion to $10.28 billion.
Key moves represented graphically:
Charts via Morgan Stanley