This summary highlights futures positions and changes made by speculators in forex, bonds and stocks up until last Tuesday, October 13.
A week where a furious rally in big tech helped lift U.S. stocks to the highest in almost six weeks. Also in focus was the beginning of the earnings season as well as the ebb and flow of news regarding a fresh round of U.S. stimulus. The S&P 500 rose 4.5%, bond yields held steady with rising breakevens being offset by lower real yields.
Despite trading softer, speculators bought dollars for a seventh consecutive week as hopes for a U.S. stimulus package ebbed and flowed and the number of Covid-19 cases in Europe continued to rise while the timing of a vaccine continued to be pushed back. Against ten IMM currency futures and the Dollar Index, the dollar short was reduced by 5% to $27.6 billion.