Column-ECB charges pledge spurs punchy hedge fund euro bets: McGeever By Reuters

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By Jamie McGeever ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – The European Central Financial institution seems dedicated to start out elevating rates of interest subsequent month, opening the door for hedge funds to load up on euros. And that’s precisely what they’re doing. U.S. futures market information reveals speculators are holding their largest net-long euro place in 12 weeks, and that Could marked funds’ second-most optimistic month-on-month change in positioning in practically two years. The most recent Commodity Futures Buying and selling Fee report reveals that funds elevated their net-long euro holdings by round $2 billion within the final week, accounting for two-thirds of a $3 billion fall within the broader long-dollar place in opposition to G10 currencies. Certainly, the $5 billion decline within the net-long greenback place in opposition to G10 currencies prior to now two weeks is solely on account of a corresponding $5 billion leap in net-long euro positions. Within the week to Could 31, CFTC funds elevated their net-long euro place to a three-month excessive of 52,272 contracts from the earlier week’s 38,930. Their wager on the euro appreciating is now value $7 billion, up from $5.2 billion per week earlier. A protracted place in an asset or safety is successfully a wager that it’s going to rise in worth, and a brief place is the alternative. Graphic: CFTC euro place – $ worth – Graphic: CFTC euro positions – month-to-month change – ECB EYEING 50 BPS HIKE? The shift in ECB expectations has been outstanding. Solely a month in the past, CFTC funds held a small net-short euro place, the euro slumped as little as $1.0350 in mid-Could, and discuss of parity with the greenback was rife. However euro zone inflation continues to march increased – it hit a file 8.1% in Could – and the controversy is not whether or not the ECB will elevate charges in July for the primary time in over a decade, however by how a lot. Graphic: Euro FX fee vs greenback – A number of ECB officers have floated the potential of a 50 basis-point transfer, and Deutsche Financial institution (ETR:) economists now count on one in every of two fee hikes within the third quarter to be a 50-bps hike, extra possible in September than July. “We marvel why the ECB has not acted already,” Societe Generale (OTC:) economists wrote on Friday. The ECB is anticipated to stipulate on Thursday the trail towards a fee rise in July. Euro cash markets are pricing in 100 bps of fee hikes by October and 125 bps by year-end, and the euro has rebounded to a one-month excessive near $1.08. International-exchange market contributors are paying heed to the ECB’s inflation-fighting discuss, and pushing to the again of thoughts the financial institution’s 2008 and 2011 fee hikes, which many analysts say had been main coverage errors. For now, at the least, hedge funds are on board too. Associated columns: Hedge funds place for U.S. development droop, charges peak (Could 23)
Yellen might face G7 strain on greenback (Could 18) (The opinions expressed listed here are these of the creator, a columnist for Reuters) (By Jamie McGeever in Orlando, Fla.; Graphics by Jamie McGeever and Saikat Chatterjee; Enhancing by Matthew Lewis)

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