Leveraged funds increased bearish bond bets across the US Treasury curve for an 11th consecutive week to a fresh record. Selling was particularly aggressive in 10-year notes with the net-short jumping 34% to 864,000 lots. This despite seeing that part of the yield curve staying rangebound for the past three months between 2.8% and 3%.
The DV01, being the dollar value of a one basis point move, jumped to a record $258 million and speculators now hold a combined net-short of 1.3 million lots in the four long-dated bond futures contracts.
In equities, all three US stock index futures were sold while the Cboe VIX net-short was extended by 12%.