Saturday, September 17, 2011

Euro Oversold As Shorts Surge To Highest Since June 2010

For those seeking an oversold security, look no further than the EUR, which in the week ended Sept. 13, was the biggest FX loser, as non-commercial exposure rose 50% to a net short of -54,459 from -36,443 contracts the week before. This is the most bearish net exposure in the EUR since June 2010, and positions the currency for a short squeeze, although if history is any guide it still has a ways to go: the 2010 trough was -114k net contracts hit in May of 2010, just after it became apparent that Europe is falling apart. Also, despite speculation that traders have left the safe-haven status of the CHF following last week's SNB intervention, the Swiss Franc retained its bullishness, with net exposure remaining long, although declining modestly from 7,549 to 5,493 contracts. Also not surprising is that bullish bets in the JPY rose from 32,787 to 34,955 after declining past week. It seems that Yoda will be watching, watching, watching his Bberg terminal very closely in the coming days.

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