Citi on EUR/USD: 1.18 an important level to watch

Author: Eamonn Sheridan | Category: News

A snippet from Citi on the euro, this they describe as a "Global Macro Strategy Ad Hoc Comment" 

EUR Positioning: What's Going On?
  • CFTC positioning data shows that the net speculative position in the EUR/USD contract is currently long 112k contracts. Despite the USD rally over the past few weeks, this is only a reduction of ~35k contracts from the all-time net speculative long position of +147k contracts.
  • The first significant wave of EUR/USD buying was in May 2017. Back then there was a build to ~80k contract net long within 6 weeks. Meanwhile spot moved from 1.09 - 1.12.
  • The second major wave came around the time of US fiscal stimulus, which saw aggressive USD and UST selling, mostly in January. EUR/USD net positioning moved from 81k contracts net long to 147k contracts net long within 6 weeks. The equivalent spot move was from 1.1740 - 1.24.
  • Therefore, absent a confirmed and sustained break of 1.18, it's unlikely that we see the unwind of "wave two" or even begin to spook "wave 1"
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As Asia is getting underway here this morning EUR/USD is testing tis US timezone low, barely above the 1.18 level Citi highlights