Weekly COT Report: Trade Optimism Supports CAD and AUD

A summary of the weekly Commitment of Traders Report (COT) from CFTC to show market positioning among large speculators.


Read our guide on how to interpret the weekly COT report


As of Tuesday 5th November:

  • Large speculators were net-long USD by $12.2 billion, down by $0.34 billion the prior week
  • CAD traders were their most bullish in two years
  • AUD traders were their least bearish since January
  • AUD also saw the largest weekly change, with net-short exposure being reduced by 13.5k contracts




USD: DXY has rebounded from key support (which is heavily weighted to Euro), yet the broader measure of USD positioning is not confirming the move. This could suggest the rebound is simply corrective, so perhaps USD will break to new lows. Yet over the near-term, bullish momentum prevails and there are no clear signs of a top forming, so the bias for USD remains bullish.



CAD: It seems that trade deal optimism has overcome the dovish BOC meeting, with net-long exposure at its highest level in 2 years. Moreover, the move is fuelled by an increase in bullish bets and reduction of shorts, which is the backbone of a healthy move. Still, seeing as demand for USD remains, it could cap volatility for USD/CAD and make directional moves harder to come by.



AUD: Bears continue to flee whilst long interest perks up. Gross-long exposure is its highest level since June 2018 and gross shorts are at their lowest level since September. Like CAD, the Aussie is reaping the rewards of better US-China trade relations, which leaves it open to further upside should the phase one trade deal get signed.



As of Tuesday 5th November:

  • Positioning on gold and silver was little changed.
  • Net-long exposure on WTI rose to a 6-week high.
  • Traders were their least bullish on Copper since June.
  • Positioning on platinum and palladium continue to diverge, with the former seeing its bullish exposure at its highest level since September 2016 and the latter seeing bullish exposure fall to a 6-week low.



Gold: Bullish exposure nudged it way to a 6-week high. Yet we’ve seen a notable drop in gold prices since the gold report was compiled, some longs may have been squeezed along the way. Spot prices are teasing a break of 1459 and, given the bearish momentum, a breakdown appears likely. Yet the core view remains that this is still part of a much-needed correction from its highs, so the bias is bearish over a near-term horizon only. After which, we’ll look for evidence that the corrective low is in.


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