WCU: Crazy week in oil and gas
The energy sector commanded much attention this past week as prices fluctuated wildly, with crude oil suffering its biggest one-day slump in three years and natural gas experiencing a major rout.
Head of Commodity Strategy, Saxo Bank Group
Summary: Speculators increased their dollar long against nine IMM currency futures to a fresh 21-months high last week.
Saxo Bank publishes two weekly Commitment of Traders reports (COT) covering leveraged fund positions in commodities, bonds and stock index futures. For IMM currency futures and the VIX, we use the broader measure called non-commercial.
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IMM Currency futures
Speculators increased their dollar long against nine IMM currency futures to a fresh 21-months high last week.
The dollar buying was concentrated against the euro on continued Italy focus and not least the yen on the widening yield gap. Small (dollar) selling, meanwhile, was seen against the other seven currencies. Surprisingly, the CAD net-short only saw a small net reduction despite the new NAFTA deal and surging oil prices.
Leveraged funds cut their short exposure to the US yield curve in the week to October 2. Short-covering in 5s and 10s more than offset selling at the front and far end of the curve.
These changes occurred the day before US 10 year yields surged by the most since the 2016 US presidential election. This was in response to strong economic data and hawkish comments from the US Fed on the future direction of short-term interest rates.
Short-covering cut the net-short in S&P by 15% and the Nasdaq by 75% while only small changes were seen in the C’boe VIX position.