Investing.com | Aug 22, 2016 13:05
Investing.com - The Investing.com weekly sentiment index published on Monday revealed that speculators stayed bearish on the British pound last week, as they looked ahead to more monetary stimulus from the Bank of England in the months ahead.
The Bank of England cut interest rates to a record-low and launched fresh easing measures earlier this month in a bid to buffer the economy from a downturn following the Brexit vote.
Economic activity in the U.K. is expected to slow down sharply in the second half of the year as businesses face uncertainty over the country’s future direction in wake of the U.K.'s vote to exit the European Union, putting more pressure on policymakers to add to stimulus.
Amongst the safe-haven currencies, 43.1% of market participants held long positions in USD/JPY, rising slightly from 41.4% in the previous week, while 54.2% of investors were long USD/CHF, up from 50.0%.
In the commodity-linked currencies space, 46.2% were long USD/CAD, little changed from 46.9% a week earlier, 54.6% held long positions in AUD/USD, compared to 45.0% in the preceding week, while 35.3% were long NZD/USD, falling slightly from 36.9% a week earlier.
A reading between 50%-70% is bullish for the instrument, a reading between 30% and 50% is bearish, a reading above 70% indicates overbought conditions and a reading below 30% indicates oversold conditions.
The Investing.com series of indexes is developed in-house. Each index measures overall exposure to major currency pairs, commodities and indexes, using data from futures exchanges and OTC providers on all long and short open positions.
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